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How do condo associations handle emergency access to units?

Posted on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 06:48 AM
  
  
  
  

We are small (<40 units) self managed beach front 5 story condo building that is used almost exclusively as a vacation property or second home. As the building ages we are finding a need for access to more units to inspect for water leaks in order to take identify and/or corrective action to minimize damage. We have the standard practice in place to turn off main water valve when units are not occupied but that is not sufficient because some leaks are not known or detected until damage is detected in a unit below. We are wondering what type of polices or practices have other condo's implemented to address emergency access to units? If you have a process in place, how are individual unit keys secured and made available for unit inspections especially when you have no resident agent. Please identify any control or liability issues you have addressed. 

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How does a condo association or HOA elect board members?

Posted on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 07:50 AM
  
  
  
  

Our Condo Association was formed four years ago with 36 units and another 36 units to be added. Our bylaws call for 5 directors until the other units were built. The other 36 units were just built and the bylaws say there shall be 7 directors now. Does the board appoint the two vacancies until the next association meeting in May when a nominating committee nominates the board members to be elected at the annual meeting, or do we just stick with the board members that the board appoints until their term is up? I can't seem to find anything on this in Robert's Rules.

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Owner can not get condo board to make capital improvements

Posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 07:18 AM
  
  
  
  

I am a non-driver and have asked the board to install a pedestrian gate where it would be a 10 minutes walk to Metro-rail. As it is, we only have a front gate and that makes it a 30 minutes walk in a circle. This has been an unreasonable limit on my entire lifestyle for over 3 years, since I have owned my unit here. It was my mistake not to check if there was a gate, but that simply did not occur to me because it is only logical a gate would be there. It would also be 8 minutes walk to several restaurants and a convenient store, so everyone would benefit yet the board has done nothing but stone-wall. They claim it is a security issue but that is ridiculous. Locked gates don't give criminals access to our property. It then becomes a cost issue, but a one-time expense for such an accommodation seems more than reasonable, when it is for the common good. It would actually not cost anyone a dime, because our discretionary fund has the money for such purposes as that. However the board is composed of people who are not only out of touch with reality, but the president is an absentee landlord who cares nothing about people except their rent. This is to me simply unacceptable. That is a larger issue but in regard to the gate I am truly puzzled, since doing that would raise the value of our property and make a difference in the lives of everyone who lives here. I am dealing with idiots, so it is pointless to reason. Then I asked them for some kind of compassion, but it has become clear they have no empathy. In other words we are talking about evil, or sociopathy in charge of a little dictatorship. Not on my watch. I didn't sign up for that and I need all the good advise I can get.

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Is a dividing wall between units in a condo building common property?

Posted on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 @ 07:26 AM
  
  
  
  
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I live in a New Jersey condo.  As a unit owner, I own my garage and its on my deed. I still have to pay over $100 a month in maintenance fees to HOA. All garages have a wooden dividing wall between each garage. My question is who is responsible for the maintenance of the wall? The HOA, me or do I share the expense with the owner next to me?

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Property manager is overcharging homeowners on monthly late fees

Posted on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 07:40 AM
  
  
  
  

My HOA hired a company that is overcharging homeowners late fees each month, even when the payments are on time. The board nor this company, associations advisers, respond to the homeowners regarding this concern. What avenues or types of lawyers would you suggest I seek to aid in resolving this very horrible matter? I have documented everything, pay on time and have remained professional in my inquiries. Thank you in advance, Andrea

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Association formed to manage private road is getting out of hand

Posted on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 07:41 AM
  
  
  
  

We had a voluntary road association that has gotten out of hand with the dues, and now they want to make it a mandatory association. I willing to pay my portion of the plowing, but do not want to be forced, to do anything else. Do I have that option, and if so how should I present that to them? 

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Condo owner with handicap accessible van can't fit in garage space

Posted on Wed, Jul 09, 2014 @ 07:54 AM
  
  
  
  

I live in a condo with single car garage. I have ms disease and cannot walk so I use a power wheelchair. I have a handicapped accessible van with a side entry that comes down so I can enter and exit the vehicle.  My garage is not big enough for the van.  We had a new association called condo care take over last year.  They sent me a notice that if I dont park my van in the garage they will fine me 50 dollars for every time my van is outside.  If i park in my garage I am stuck in the van. I do not park in front of the garage door, I use the parking space next to my sidewalk that has a wheelchair ramp leading to my condo entrance.  I have gotten no response from them since I explained my condition to them. can you help me please

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How is simple interest calculated on condo fees and late charges?

Posted on Mon, Jul 07, 2014 @ 07:04 AM
  
  
  
  

I am an owner in a condominium association that is self-managed. I have agreed to help the Board of Directors with a spreadsheet that will track dues, payments, late charges and interest charges. The attorney for the association says that a simple interest calculation should be used instead of a compounding calculation. I am a software developer and have programmed both simple and compound interest for mortgages, etc., but I am not sure of how simple interest is calculated on dues and late charges. Can anyone help me with a specific step-by-step procedure?

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Master homeowner association is not legally set up right

Posted on Tue, Jul 01, 2014 @ 12:42 PM
  
  
  
  

I am the President of my HOA and have recently joined the Board for our Master Association. The other association under the Master represents the condos. There are three members from the condos how have been on the Board for over ten years and two years from the HOA on the Board so I am always out voted. After reading the Master Association documents it appears this Board does not comply with the Covenants and the way the Master Association was set up under them. They have an agreement from 2003 scribbled on a piece of paper that previous Board members signed delegating MA common area maintenance to my HOA which they are trying to force me to carry out. Now they plan to file this with the county clerk as a amendment. Under the docs all amendments have to be voted on by the full membership. I can't tell how long is has been since an annual meeting has been held. I've lived here 5 yrs. Never has been one. Under this agreement my HOA is paying more per unit than the condos. Is there any recourse when the Board erroneously picks what they want to enforce from the docs and blatantly go against other Articles?

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How does each state regulate property managers differently?

Posted on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 @ 07:24 AM
  
  
  
  
I'm interested in finding how each state regulates the HOA /condo property managers?

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