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Does a property or condo manager have a fiduciary duty?

Posted on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 @ 07:20 AM

Does a “Full Service” property management co & individual mgr., have a fiduciary duty/obligation to the HOA to provide guidance & not allow the management’s personal to undertake work that is only a benefit to a few owners which would otherwise cost them money? Like upgrading individual “deeded” garages that only benefits some owners? One rule states – "no apartment owner or occupant shall give instructions to, or use for his own benefit the time of employees hired for the maintenance and services of the building or grounds". The Manager to the benefit of some owners, spent months of time getting bids and supervising the work. A little vague is the term “employees”, but still must also include the manager?

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How to prevent children from playing on streets of HOA?

Posted on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 @ 07:05 AM

Is there a law or regulation to prevent unattended young children from running or riding tricycle on street in the development? If none, how could we prevent this to avoid accident?

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Illinois condo association wants a special meeting

Posted on Wed, Aug 06, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

We'd (owners of condo association) would like to call a special meeting. What kind of petition would we need to do so? We are in Illinois. There are 26 of 28 Unit Owners. 

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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

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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