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Should homeowners be responsible for additional HOA assessment fees?

Posted on Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 09:16 AM
I'm living in a two bedroom condo.  The condo association raised the maintenance fees a few months ago.  Now they want all of the owners to pay assessment fees for fixing the roof and parking lot. Should the homeowners be responsible for that fee?

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How can we make badly behaved HOA residents feel a consequence?

Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 01:04 PM
I live in a condo in NYS. In reading our governing docs I don't find an answer to this question and wonder if anyone can help with an answer to this "simple" question. We have residents (owners and renters) who have been given copies of rules which they have signed noting their understanding, etc. Perhaps times have changed - more than ever before we have a number of newer residens in our condos who don't adhere to the condo association rules. They pay their fines which until now have been nominal at best. We have recently voted to increase fines in hopes that it will call attention to the serousness of the problem. Other than fines and the withholding of pool passes, is there anything else that can be done to make badly behaved, disrespectful residents feel a consequence for their actions? It seems that condos have no bite when it comes to this problem. Conversations have not helped. I keep thinking if just once we could do something to enforce our rules in a way that might cause the resident a hint of discomfort or embarrasment it might help to stop some of these behaviors that are so aggravating and frustrating to the other residents. Thanks for your help.

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HOA wants tile floor removed. What are my options?

Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 10:56 AM
I recently purchased a 3 bed/ 2 bath condo in a suburb outside of Los Angeles. I've been living there for about two months and just received a letter from the HOA stating that I was in violation of having "hard floor covering". When I purchased the condo it already had tile throughout (but not in the bedrooms). And being my first purchase, I had no idea this wasn't allowed. I spoke to the previous owners and they said the tile was there before they moved in as well. So the tile has been there for over 8 years. I put every penny into buying this place and can't afford to replace the flooring. Further more, I would have never purchased the place knowing the tile had to be removed. What are my options here?? Does any type of grandfathering apply?

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Can condo or HOA board undo rules and regulations?

Posted on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 10:04 PM

Once a grandfathered clause in the rules and regulations is instituted, can another HOA Board of Directors later rescind or take away that grandfathered clause in the rules and regulations?

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How does Massachusetts homestead act protect HOA's and homeowners?

Posted on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 07:13 AM

Does the Massachusetts Homestead Act protect elderly unit owners from having liens placed on their property or having a foreclosure initiated from unpaid condo association fees. It looks like most liens and mortgage products are exempt from protection, but this is a new wrinkle I am dealing with?

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How much should condo association documents cost to retrieve?

Posted on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 04:34 AM

I hired a lawyers because I am having board problems within my condo association. He requested records to be copied and sent to him. What is the appropriate fee to photo copy a page? Does my lawyer have to send his request for records via CERTIFIED mail? THANK YOU

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Property manager charges condo seller for approval document

Posted on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 07:28 AM
I am a condo association board member and just found out from an angry co-owner that he had to pay $125 to the property management company in order to get a status letter to sell his unit.  I agree with seller that this a rip off considering what little work is entailed to put together this letter. Can we as a board require the management company to produce this info at no cost to owners in good standing . Isn't this info ours to begin with?

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Does HOA have to rent units in complex?

Posted on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 08:35 AM

What are the consequences of not allowing rental for our HOA units? We have a wonderful situation here with 24 units. Some owners have rented their units and we feel it will destroy the entire development.

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HOA neighbor's dog creates problems and board will not help

Posted on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 04:44 AM

My neighbor rents out her condo and her tenant stored a dog in his garage. The garage wall is shared with my living quarters. A fowl odor is coming into my home. He has since removed the dog. My home still have the fowl odor and the garage has not been properly cleaned. The HOA is not following the declarations which states they have to send notices and fine the owner if they fail to clean up the damages. The condo association property manager sent me a letter on behalf of the board telling me to file a claim with my insurance company. My insurance company adjuster said she need to see visible damage. Can I file an insurance claim against the Board for not following the declarations of our community association in resolving resident issues? Do I have to hire an attorney or file in small claims against the owner or the board? How can I make the owner clean up her side including her drywall, shared wall and the damages to my property? Everyone keeps referring me back to my HOA and they are not doing anything to help.

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Dues collector too aggressive for condo association owners

Posted on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 06:51 AM

We have a special assistant to the treasure going and "collecting" dues the day after from other Condo Association Members. She is demanding payment and intimidates older owners into paying. Is it discrimination, the board won't tell her to stop.

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