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Pool Party Makes a Tenant Feel (Too) Young

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MB doesn't often use the pool at the Yorkville condo high rise where she's owned a 1BR apartment since 1999, but when she does it's usually because she's invited friends over to hang out. It's what the pool appears to be for—"It's not big; it's smaller than a lap pool. It's indoors; it's enclosed in glass. You can do laps, but it's short." When she does use the pool about five times a year, usually in the summer, it's a very relaxed affair where people sit around the pool. That may have instigated her recent troubles, when a birthday party get together at her building's pool got her scolded by everyone from the poolside lifeguard to the building's condo board director.

There is a rule—possibly an unwritten rule—that tenants like MB at her building may only bring two non-building guests to the pool at a time. Despite living at the building for 13 years, this was the first time MB heard of the rule, when she arrived with about ten guests. The lifeguard on duty said that she could pay to have additional guests, but wasn't sure who was supposed to be the recipient of any cash. The issue ratcheted up when a condo board member arrived at the pool area and left shortly thereafter, looking peeved that guests were using all of the poolside chairs.

The party was allowed to continue, but over the next 24 hours, MB heard from the building's super, the doorman, and the building's board director letting her know of the two-guest-per-tenant rule. Shortly thereafter, she received a formal letter from the condo board noting her infraction of pool rules. After all the chastisements, MB, who is a public school teacher and not exactly a hell raiser, said that she doesn't have as much of a problem with the rule, as the fact that no one could tell her exactly where this rule existed in written form, and how she could have missed it all these years.

She is a little bothered with the two-guest rule though. "It does have this feeling that there's not a community. It's like the amenity is here but don't get too comfortable, because it's not for you to use or enjoy."