Pokemon Go is a location-based, augmented reality game where users on mobile devices attempt to locate virtual Pokemon, which appear on the screen of the mobile device, in real-world locations. The game’s increasing popularity and associated controversy has (or should) catch the attention of community associations. Due to the nature of the game, users are led to a variety of locations, which can include association common areas and even private yards. In addition to the obvious issue of a possible trespass, users who are immersed in the game are also less likely to be paying attention to their surroundings.
So how can your community association address Pokemon users who are entering common areas and private yards? If the number and frequency of Pokemon related issues is limited, community outreach and awareness may be sufficient. Circulating a newsletter and/or discussing the issue at a board meeting will raise awareness in dealing with this issue. The Board can also consider adopting rules and regulations for Pokemon users on common areas. If the problem becomes more serious, a community association can submit a request to the game’s developer, Niantic, to remove all coordinates located within the community. Finally, if homeowners are concerned about any suspicious activity, feel endangered and/or witness any type of personal or property damage, we recommend contacting the local authorities.