Category: Q&A

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2019 Fall Q&A: Neighbor's Kid Is Driving Me Crazy

Q. My upstairs neighbor has a one-year-old toddler who's constantly running at all hours. In fact, he's running around right now and it’s not even 9:00 a.m. on a Sunday. When I come home on weeknights -- whether it's 7:30, 8:30 or 9:30 --…

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2019 Fall Q&A: Living Next to a Hoarder

Q. I live in a condo and my next door neighbor is a hoarder. She constantly leaves the front door open. I complained to the buildings department many times. The smell is awful; she has mice, roaches, and water bugs. What can I do?       …

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2019 July Q&A: Flip-Flopping Board Member

Q. I am a director on the board of our condo association. We had a budget meeting last night, and the new budget with increased monthly dues was passed by 4 ‘yes’ votes and 3 ‘no’ votes. The meeting was adjourned and meeting minutes were …

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2019 July Q&A: Splitting the Association Into Two

Q. What would it entail to separate two buildings that make up one condo association into two separate condo associations? There are strong differences within our board on how to run the association, and there is a less than zero chance o…

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2019 May Q&A: How to Fire a Contractor

Q. We want to terminate a contract with a general contractor (GC). We have experienced payment issues with the GC since day one of a project. Every single pay application we send in, they manipulate without discussing with us, submit the …

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2019 May Q&A: Absentee Ballots

Q. Our association in northwest New Jersey always (until now) had absentee ballots with names of candidates who have been nominated, plus a blank spot for the recipient to nominate. We also always had a spot on the actual ballot to nomina…

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2019 March Q&A: Saving Our Super’s Job

Q. Our super was hired six months ago.  He’s a hard worker and all the tenants like him. But the president of the board fired him three days before his six-month probation period was up. The tenants requested a special meeting to find out…

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2019 March Q&A: Board Member Makeup

Q. In New Jersey, is it okay for a condo association with five or fewer units to have the unit owners act as the board of directors?                              —Seeking Clarification A. “It is assumed from your question that the con…

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2019 February Q&A: HOAs and CCRs

Q. What is the difference between HOA rules and CCRs?                                         —Curious Owner A.   “In the world of community associations, CCR stands for covenants, conditions and restrictions,” says attorney Scott F. P…

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