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Will condo insurance pay for temporary housing during unit repairs

Posted on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 08:06 AM
I own a condo in Hallandale Florida. It is 130 units the majority being two bedroom. There is a wing for the one bedrooms and a wing for the two bedrooms. Recently we found out that we needed a new sewer line put in, because our is cracked and sewage was seeping into the ground. We did not have a reserve for this so everyone was assessed, which is fine. For some reason, the one bedroom wing has to be done before the two bedroom wing. I guess they are on separate lines. We were told we would be without the use of any water for one day. Now we are told for the one bedroom wing, there will be no water for at least 3 days and when they do the 2 bedroom wing there will be no water for at least a week. It is almost impossible for people to live in their condo without water to drink, wash, or use the toilet. My question is, is the condo association responsible for the costs for residents who have to go to a hotel? Would condo insurance cover this if people have it, which a lot of people don't?

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Condo owner is president. Can he sign checks for condo association?

Posted on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 @ 07:53 AM

Our board voted to self manage. I am president and manger to be paid. One owner wants checking account protection. What is available? The board is not interested in dual signing of operation checking. They work and to busy for every month sign checks. Am i liable for violating by laws? i am only signor on operating account

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Who bears temporary storage costs during repairs - HOA or owner?

Posted on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 @ 08:25 AM
Our 28 unit building has two storage lockers, one with 19 deeded lockers and the other with nine. The smaller one has developed a serious mold problem, but the contractor we have engaged to perform the cleaning says that the lockers must be empty in order for his crew to have the room to access the walls. This will involve each locker owner removing their possessions and storing them elsewhere for about one week. My question is which party is responsible for the costs that will be incurred for some sort of temporary storage: the HOA or the individual owner? There is no other place in the common areas for these goods to be stored and our docs are silent on naming the responsible party. 

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Should HOA have a TV/Cable package for all members?

Posted on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 @ 07:47 AM

I live in a HOA of 1662 units. TV service is provided via a bulk service agreement. 75% of owners pay more than subscribers who deal direct there are also service issues which has given rise to many complaints. I requested access to the Association's file and was given access to a file containing the contract but no correspondence. The Association maintains that there is no such correspondence. The dispute was mediated, the Association merely restated that there was no correspondence. The contract was incepted in 2008 for ten years during which time meetings have been held with the cable supplier - its difficult to believe there has been no correspondence no even confirming the date and time of meetings. What is the next step?

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Condo board was delinquent in duties including financial records

Posted on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 @ 07:57 AM
I am on a condo board. I recently found out that the member on my condo board did not keep any records on who paid and did not pay their common charges. I also found out that my board president knew about this for several years and covered it up. According to our bylaws all board members cannot be held liable for anything except for willful misconduct or bad faith. My question is, is it willful misconduct to not keep records so we have no idea who has paid, never went after anyone who did not and then cover it up rather than tell the rest of us. Is that considered willful misconduct? 

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Condo president breaks the law to push through clubhouse repair

Posted on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 07:33 AM

After getting a 4 to 2 vote on a Clubhouse Renovation, that requires 76% of the unit owners approval, which was not taken, the President stood up and said to all present at the meeting " I know I am breaking the law and it takes too long to get the unit owners approval and I want to get this done and I have broken the law before so I don't Care".

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Conflict of interest: property manager is condo board treasurer

Posted on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 @ 07:55 AM
Is is a conflict of interest for the property manager to also be the board treasurer? It seems a bit odd that one person is given the task of overseeing a $900,000 budget without any oversight?

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How much should termite and pest control cost a condo association?

Posted on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 @ 07:47 AM

We are a 52 Unit Condo Association looking for the best and least expensive termite & pest control. We have had the live bait system in the past but a few years back, due to financial restraints a past board canceled the program. The past couple years we have paid for inspections twice a year but are wondering if we should be doing more. So far no problems, but there have been problems in the past. Our latest estimate from exterminatorincludes resurrecting the live bait to the tune of $2100 first year & $1500 thereafter plus 3 yearly inspection totaling $1950/year. Total next year would be $3450! Not sure our budget can handle. We are a community built in 1973 located on two large natural spring fed ponds. Please chime in with your thoughts!

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No one to run for condo board. Can it be dissolved?

Posted on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 08:07 AM
We are based in Ohio and have a weak management company and condo board, but it is an elderly community and no one can/will run for the board. What can happen, if the board dissolves? 

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How does condo board handle water damage to building?

Posted on Wed, Apr 09, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

I am on the board of directors in 182 unit condo in Florida. Our issue involves a unit with leaking plumbing causing damage to three units below his. He has refused to call a plumber and or allow our maintenance man to go inspect and if it is the unit owner problem we will advice him to call a plumber to do repairs. The owner is very disruptive and threatening, the police have been called 3 to 4 times due his threatening office staff and other owners. He is living in the unit with out electricity and the board had to shut off his water to stop the leak and further property damage to other units. Yesterday he left the building and left the water running in the bathtub with the stopper closed. The Board had to shut off the water to 8 units until we could get a locksmith to open his door then we sent 2 employees in to drain the tub and shut off the faucets. The owners below his unit are demanding that their damage be repaired and if the unit owner will not repair the damages the owners are demanding the Board make the repairs. Of course the individual owners do not have insurance. The Board could hire a plumber to make the repairs and bill it to the owner, but since he is in mortgage foreclose and our association has a lien on his unit, there is very slim chance we would recover the plumbing repair cost. So at this time we will keep his water turned off.

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