An Update from the City Manager
As a community which is almost entirely made up of high-rise condominiums, we continue to receive numerous calls from concerned residents regarding the structural integrity of their properties. The City of Aventura is being proactive and reactive on its approach to make sure that building property managers are doing what they are supposed to do in terms of properly maintaining their properties in accordance with the 40-year and 50-year certifications as governed by Miami-Dade County.
Proactively: We have ordered inspections of every building coming up on their 40-year certification, as well as all buildings older than 40 years, which have not been recently recertified. This is only the start of our process, not the end. We continue to work with our building experts and business partners and will consider making any and all necessary adjustments to our review processes to ensure that we remain compliant with all current and any potential future County and State guidelines.
Reactively: We are continuing to respond and track all calls from concerned residents that identify conditions such as concrete fractures, cracks in floors and ceilings, rust spots on concrete, possible spalling inside building garages, etc. and will inspect specific concerns regarding building structural integrity. An inspector is responding to each and every location and if deemed necessary, they will require the property manager to have an engineer’s report completed that outlines any necessary repairs in order to address the issue(s) at hand. In most cases, this step is unnecessary because the properties located here are generally well-maintained and in good repair.
Additionally, the City is adding two (2) building department staff and a full-time code official to ensure we have sufficient personnel to assist in conducting building inspections and responding to residents’ calls.
Please know that going forward, if you have any concerns about specific issues within your own building, we encourage you to address them with your property manager and board members. If you believe any issue poses a life/safety issue, we ask that you call and report it to the City. You can do so by emailing photos or videos as well as a written description to the Community Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Department at 305-466-8940.
Public safety will always be the single most important role our City plays in the lives of our residents. We want you to feel safe and most importantly, be safe when you are home in Aventura.