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2008 Sept Q&A: Board Member Owes Maintenance

Q I’m on the board of my 15-unit condo. One of our long-time board members has been behind on his maintenance payments for nearly two years, and now owes the building almost $7,000 in arrears. About 18 months ago, the board attempted to s…

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2008 Aug Q&A: Stopping the Noise

Q I have a neighbor whose door is just across from mine and whenever she enters her apartment, she closes her door with a very loud bang. Sometimes, I am asleep and I wake up and can’t go back to sleep. This has been going on for years…

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2008 Aug Q&A: Assessments and Tax Rebate

Q Our board has a question that we would very much appreciate general input on. Below is our bylaw concerning assessments. We are considering placing an assessment to balance the tax rebate and are wondering if we can do this, if no s…

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2008 July Q&A: Locking Out Non-Paying Owners

Q We have a number of apartments in our condo where owners have not paid maintenance for a few months. As our condo is in the process of legal action and collection can we stop their access to the apartment until the bad debt is paid? Rig…

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2008 July Q&A: President as Maintenance Supervisor

Q We have a situation at our condo association regarding the likely possibility of changing our maintenance from a contractor to a direct hire. It has been widely speculated that our board president would be the candidate for the position…

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2008 July Q&A: Builder in Control of Meetings

Q For the past three years, I have lived in a condominium complex that was built approximately five years ago. The condo association is composed of five members, three of which include the builder and two others employed by the builde…

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2008 June Q&A: Bequeathing Co-op Stock

Q My dad put my brother’s name on his co-op stock last year. But in the place where he lives you can only have two names on the stock certificate. I was wondering if something happens to my dad, can he leave his half of the stock to my…

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2008 June Q&A: Plugging Leaking Pipes

Q Periodically, the board of directors of our condominium encounters a situation where water leaks intermittently from one apartment to the apartment directly beneath (and/or adjacent units). More often than not, this is due to water d…

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2008 Jan How Property Managers Juggle Multiple Clients

Remember those old TV variety shows from the 1950s where someone spins a dozen plates while juggling and riding a unicycle? Sometimes being a property manager can be a bit like that, especially when handling multiple clients and dealing …

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2007 Dec Q&A: Apathetic Board

Q I just attended our yearly condo meeting. The minutes were not read and there was no election of officers. The board claimed that they don’t have to have elections—only every two or three years. Issues that we have had over the last ye…

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