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Condo owner wonders if soundproofing is necessary for new tile floor

Posted on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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I own a first floor condo unit and plan to redo the floors with porcelain tile. My condo association says I’m required to soundproof the first floor. They are now checking the state laws to see what is stated for first floor units. My condo unit adjoins only one other on one wall, and do not believe soundproofing is necessary.

Has anyone had this same issue, and/or does anyone know what Florida says on this?

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Lease terminations causing problems in Michigan condo association

Posted on Sun, Nov 23, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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Three condo unit rental leases were terminated by the lessee before their mandatory 12-month lease was fulfilled. Can they present a new lease for a tenant? Our condo association by-laws specifically require a 12-month lease.

Thank you.

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Notification requirements for condo association board meetings

Posted on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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Our condo association board recently held its annual election on 11/1/14. Five positions were open and three people ran as incumbents. I was elected to one of the other two open positions.

I have just learned that the current condo association board President called a meeting and notified four of the five current members. The member who had not been notified has since been informed that the meeting is to be held tomorrow, yet this is only one day’s notice instead of the ten days’ notice that is stated in our condo association’s bylaws.

This is a closed meeting and is not open to all condo unit owners. That’s where I and the other person who is gone all Summer out of state are to be appointed. Aren’t the persons to be appointed to be included? And shouldn’t everything except legal or executive material be discussed at a meeting open to all condo unit owners? We have over 200 units in our condo association.

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Required attendance for condo association board quorum in Illinois

Posted on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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What constitutes a condo association board quorum for executive session?  Our condo board is 7 members. However, 2 have recently resigned. At this point, If the board holds an executive session meeting and need quorum (50%?), would it be 3 members (50% of 5) or 4 members (50% of 7)?

I could not find this answer in either the Condo Property Act or our Bylaws. Also, I believe our Bylaws are quite outdated. Thank you.

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New condo association member surprised by Board operations

Posted on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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Is there a government entity that governs condo associations? My condo association Board has been charging ongoing special assessments fees, three in the past two years. The first was for $4K and did not cover the work that had been promised (replacement of rotting wood, for example). Is there anyone who can help with this? I moved in to my condo unit years ago, am new to condo associations, and did not realize the immense level of control that exists.

The condo association was almost $100K in the black when I bought the unit. By the following year, they were almost $40K in the red. Other more involved condo association members have informed me of suspicion of stealing. I cannot believe the government lets this happen. They have just recently pushed two more assessments, claiming they are running out of money. I’ve seen the type of vendors they hire, and believe it’s really about the Board’s lack of business savviness. I don’t mean to slam anyone, but it’s the truth.

Some condo association members (not me at the moment) have a plan to get our current Board out of office, but the vote is not until the middle of next year. In the meantime, they have and may continue to siphon out so much unnecessary money from the condo association. We are a 20 condo unit association. I feel we shouldn’t have to wait until the next election to solve our issues, yet when this opinion is voiced we are basically told to ‘shut up’. It’s horrible. I’ll leave the community nameless, as they are good at doing wicked things to those who don’t value their skills and management.

Thanks ahead of time for any insight you can provide.

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Recent changes to Florida statutes affect existing HOA communities

Posted on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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This question is in reference to recent changes to Florida statutes affecting existing HOAs. A new 2013 HOA law states that a homeowner must be appointed to the HOA board of a new development under developer control once 51% of the homes are sold.

Are there any exceptions to this new law?  Are the developers that were building homes before the new law passed exempt? Is this considered a “procedural change”, and am I correct that this can retroactively be applied? Thanks ahead of time.

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Condo owner upset over use of association garage carts for pets

Posted on Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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Our condo association has carts that are kept in the garage to use for moving groceries and other items from your car to your condo unit. One resident has an elderly dog that is heavy and will use the cart to carry the dog to get the car or go outside. This has become an issue and our management company has been contacted. Their response was that the ‘Welcome Packet’ (given to new residents) states the carts are to be used for transport of groceries and packages. There is nothing about the carts in the Rules and Regulations.

Does the ‘Welcome Packet’ become an instrument for making rules? Is the request/demand that carts should not be used for transporting pets reasonable? Thank you.

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Can condo association board paint units a new color without a vote?

Posted on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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My condo association Board of Directors has chosen new paint colors without input from all members of the condo association.

Does the Board have the authority to make major decisions that will affect the appearance of the community and potentially home values without a vote?

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Condo owner wants fence on property, Board has decision to make

Posted on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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I am on the Board of a 7 building, 14 unit condo association. Our declaration prohibits any type of fence, screen, or barrier unless approved by the condo association as part of the landscaping plan. A condo association member wants to install a privacy corner fence on the edge of their lot near the road. I am leery about the insurance and liability on this structure, and upkeep if the condo owner moves.

Should adding this to our landscape plan be a Board decision, or should all condo association members get to weigh in? Anyone have experience with this type of situation?

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Condo association management company could be a conflict of interest

Posted on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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Three out of the five of our condo association board members want to hire a condo association property manager that also rents their personal units. They each have a financial relationship with this company and the company also owns several condo units in our association.

Is this a conflict of interest? Are there any rules requiring board members to disclose this relationship, and potentially disqualify them due to the conflict of interest? For me, this seems like far too much control.

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