Category: Q&A

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2017 September Q&A: Transparency at Board 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 an…

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2017 August Q&A: Amending the Rules Sans Vote?

Q. Can a board change house rules without a vote? Our condo declaration states no pets in or on any property of the condominium without approval of the board in writing. The house rules were changed from no pets to pets allowed and two pe…

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2017 August Q&A: Can My Association Take My Reimbursement Money?

Q. I live in Marlton. My HOA takes our reimbursement money from the Township, and the condo owners never see it. Is this allowed?      —Tenant Who Needs Clarification A. According to attorney Eric D. Mann of the Northfield-based firm …

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2017 July Q&A: When Spouses Are on the Board Together

Q. Can a husband and wife serve at the same time on a condo board, or is it a conflict of interest? The husband is the president and the wife is the treasurer. There are three board members in a 13-apartment condo complex.               …

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2017 July Q&A: Hiring a Lawyer in the Matter of Arrears

Q. Is it typical for an association to hire an attorney on a contingency basis in order to start the process of attempting to collect arrears? Our management company went forward with this action without an official board vote.  In one in…

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2017 June Q&A: A Proxy Primer

Q. Can a previous signed proxy be used a year later? How long is a previous proxy effective? I am a condo owner.                                       —Curious Owner A. “A proxy is a written document, in a form designated by the board…

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2017 June Q&A: Bribing for Votes

Q. We have a board member who goes to owners to fill out proxy votes so the elderly vote for him. This person also pays for 100 owners to have a dinner at the clubhouse to win votes. He has been doing this for years with no repercussions …

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2017 June Q&A: Who Gets the Bill?

Q. I live in an association in Princeton. I have to have my front door lock replaced, and they are telling me once it’s replaced, I will get a bill for it. How can this be fair? I don’t own the door and can’t take the lock with me when I …

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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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