Category: Q&A

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2017 May Q&A: Breaking the Rules Over Pets

Q. Our rules state that owners may not have more than two pets, one of which may be a dog. However, one unit owner—who also happens to be a board member— keeps four dogs in her unit as pets. Because she is a board member, the board will n…

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2017 May Q&A: Can a Board Remove a Children's Playground?

Q. I purchased my condo unit in 2005 with amenities, including 24-hour security, two pools, a parking lot, and a children's playground.  This past summer, our board destroyed the children's playground and turned it into additional parking…

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2017 April Q&A: Secrecy at Meetings

Q. I am a condo board member and often hear my fellow members say at our meetings, “What goes on in here stays in here.” How can that be fair to our unit owners? Shouldn’t everything go in the minutes except for names and amounts owed and…

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2017 April Q&A: Dealing with a Verbally-Abusive Neighbor

Q. A unit owner is using really foul language at some other owners continually. He goes as far as telling them they should fall down the stairs and die. The association has been notified many times and says they can’t do anything. The rul…

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2017 April Q&A: Sex Offender in the Building

Q. “I was recently made aware that a sex offender moved into my building.  He moved into his girlfriend’s apartment. I made the board aware of this and even gave them a printout from criminal justice. We have a lot of children living in o…

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2017 March Q&A: Owner Leaves Property, Files for Hardship

Q. “Say if an owner is leaving the property and relocates in a different state (due to a layoff), and the property is not rented. Later on, the owner is filing a hardship and the property goes in foreclosure. Should the owner pay the HOA,…

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2017 March Q&A: Access to Owners’ List

Q.  Can a unit owner demand to see a copy of the monthly list of unit owners’ payments of the monthly HOA?                         — Interested Stakeholder A. “A unit owner can review a compilation of the association’s financial record…

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2017 March Q&A: Conflict of Interest?

Q. Is it illegal for a member on the HOA board to also hold a position on the board of directors of the property management company that the HOA hires and oversees?           —Concerned About Impropriety A. “There is nothing illegal a…

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2017 February Q&A: Unit Owners Who Have Taken on Roommates

Q. I live in a community of only 36 units. They are very unique in that they include a church, school and rectory converted to condos, and then there are 11 brand-new townhomes. There is a ‘no rentals’ clause in our master deed, but some …

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2017 January Q&A: Unassigned Handicapped Spaces

Q.  My wife and I live and own a unit in a 55-and-over mid-rise condo complex. We have an underground parking garage for residents only. A garage door opener is needed to enter and exit. There are 80 units with 128 assigned parking spots a…

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