Category: Q&A

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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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2019 January Q&A: Common Property and the Board

Q. Against the rules that require a vote to change the use of common property, my condo board is now using our paddle-ball court to store large equipment like pressure washers, etc. I asked about it at the annual meeting and they told me …

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2019 January Q&A: When the HOA Is Not Doing Its Duty

Q. We have reason to believe that our 'little community' is not being run as the HOA that it was set up to be. Our bylaws are not being followed and procedures are not being maintained. And we seem to be getting extra charges due to our b…

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2018 December Q&A: Who Owns the Floor?

Q.  I’ve lived in an upper-floor condo for 10 years; the building is 14 years old. The board is now making a rule that we can only have hard flooring in the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the laundry room. I cannot find in the master deed or …

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2018 December Q&A: Noisy Neighbor

Q.   I have written several complaint letters to the condo board and the managing agent regarding a noisy neighbor. They did send a letter to the owner about a year ago, but the problem persists. Although I continue to write letters, noth…

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2018 December Q&A: Out-of-Control Board

Q. My HOA board has not had an election in 10 years. They keep reappointing themselves and appointing their friends to the board when there is a vacancy. Is this legal? How can I stop this abuse of power by my HOA?                       …

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