Category: Q&A

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2018 August Q&A: Can a Vendor Be a Board Member?

Q.  A person plans to run for the board of our HOA. He owns a landscape business and does work for residents and the board in our community. If elected, can he continue working here, or would there now be a conflict?  —Worried About Ethic…

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2018 July Q&A: Board Member Violation?

Q.   An owner in our HOA reported to one of our board members on another owner who allegedly broke the rules. The board member then disclosed to the alleged rule-breaker that he/she had been reported. It has now caused friction and even an…

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2018 June Q&A: Landscaping Issue

Q. I am a condo unit owner who has HOA property near my unit that was overlooked for many years with no landscaping.  I have in the past six years slowly landscaped the area.  No one from the board has said anything to me. It is landscape…

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2018 May Q&A: Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Dilemma

Q. My New Jersey condo association has a three-pet/one-dog pet policy. I am aware that regardless of any association’s pet policy, service/support animals for those with disabilities must be allowed (i.e., seeing-eye dogs, those for the h…

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2018 April Q&A: Smoking in the Building

Q. I live in a condo, and my downstairs neighbor is constantly smoking. I brought it to the attention of management and nothing has been done. What are my options as an owner? Do I bring legal action against management, or do I take legal…

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2018 April Q&A: When a Sex Offender Lives in My Building

Q. Is a board legally obligated to notify tenants when a sex offender resides in the building? What do we do?          —Concerned for the Community A. “New Jersey led the nation in the fight to notify of potential dangers of sex offen…

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2018 March Q&A: Owner Declares Bankruptcy

Q. What can be done if a unit owner, who has not paid his or her maintenance for a year and owes the association $30,000, has now declared bankruptcy. How does the association get its money?                                 —Stuck With th…

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2018 March Q&A: Changing the Rules to Benefit a Board Member

Q. Can a board member vote on a rule change that will directly benefit him/her? For example, the board member is an investor with more than 10 units and needs more parking spaces for tenants, therefore s/he has moved to vote to change the…

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2018 February Q&A: Changing the Rules to Benefit a Board Member

Q. Can a board member vote on a rule change that will directly benefits him/her? For example, the board member is an investor with more than 10 units and needs more parking spaces for tenants, therefore s/he has moved to vote to change th…

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2018 February Q&A: Replacing Windows

Q. We own two apartments in our condominium in New Jersey. We moved in 2005 and were told by the board that our windows needed to be replaced because the building had water issues. The board recommended the company to use. We complied, an…

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