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I recently bought a unit in a condominium. My new neighbor has been remodeling his unit and opened the walls for this purpose. He discovered many issues with the interior and exterior walls and want to get them repaired and have the HOA pay for them. We are talking about a huge amount of money. Can he force the other units to pay for it? I know, I know, depends on what the CCRs say, but what's the case typically? The amount of money is exorbitant, more than what a modest house would cost, and there are only 3 units in the building. If the other neighbor agrees to do the repairs immediately, would I be forced to pay an amount that I don't even have? None of these projects are urgent, if I have to cheap in, I would like to do it one by one, over time. Theres any law that would protect me against a decision from my neighbors to do a series of large repairs immediately?
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We are a small church in trouble with our condo association. We fell behind on our fees through a series of uncontrollable events. We made efforts to air our situation, but they chose to ignore us and demand their money. The original amount of $30,000 was in dispute from the beginning. When we found out about the debt, we collected all the money he church had, $14,000 and gave it to them. They took the money and continued to threaten us with fencing up the church to keep us out. We have been harassed, cursed out, fraudulently misrepresented to the power company which caused us to lose power on one half of church for one month. We have dealt with condo president placing his junk cars with rats, rabid animals and snakes round church building. He restores junky cars. The stress to church members is unbearable. We have no money and do intend to pay our debt, but in the mean time, we have not had any service as it leaks in our 13,000 foot facility -no service to leaking roof and the list is endless. We owe $$30,000, but they will not negoiate! Although we openly dispute the bill. They have been nasty. Do we have any recourse? We do intend to pay, provided everything is done legally when we regain our financial strength. A lawyer was consulted, but has done little to help.
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If a condo association pays a board member (treasurer) $1,000 a month for their services. Should a 1099 Tax form be sent to the Treasurer?
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I own a condo in Rhode Island. I just learned that three members of our board have not paid their condo fees in 2 years. They voted against a recent proposal that would require board members to be up to date on their fees. In addition, they are telling people who inquire about delinquent owner's identity that they cannot provide the names because of privacy laws. The Association is in major financial trouble. What recourse do the Association members have here if we cannot get enough votes to replace these members?
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Does MA condo law require that owners be notified in advance of all meetings of Trustees and that owners be allowed to attend? Our Board meets to discuss the business of our Association and makes decisions without allowing owners to listen to their deliberations and rationale for decisions. May an owner attend even if it is understood that he may not be allowed to speak?
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I live in a condo and I'm on the board for 2 years. this year our budget seems very big for a condo with 62 units. I was just wondering is it common for condos to have a law office on retainer all year. It's an expense I feel we can lower to help us meet our budget obligations.
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Our condo board says that unit members are behind on dues yet they increase dues 5% each year. They are a 3 member board and block out all unit owners that are not "current" on dues. This makes for an elite group making all the decisions. I wonder if this is legal.
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I am one of five owners in a small condo association. Owners are board members and officers. We manage our condo association. One owner does not participate towards the management of the association. Can the Bylaws be changed to encourage participation by all owners in that if you don't participate by choice, you lose your right to vote on condo issues?
Short of committing a crime, what constitutes cause to remove a board member...one of our members continually tries to undermine the board and when confronted about it he denies it..He continually makes disparaging comments about the board to homeowners and no one on the board trusts him. It is impossible for the other board members to speak candidly in his presence.
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