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Condo association board slow on urgently needed roof repairs

Posted on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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I noticed a hole in the roof of my condo association building. I notified the management company in writing and they passed it on to the Board of Directors. Approximately one week went by, during which time I had not heard back and no repair was made. It had also rained and snowed during this time. I ran into a Board member and asked about it, and was told one of the members had looked and did not see anything. The hole is so large it can be seen from the road, and essentially nothing is being done about it. The overhang of my condo now has warped boards, cracks, and mold spores directly under the area of the hole – the spires are black and fuzzy.

I had spoken with a particular Board member who doesn’t seem to have much influence on what gets done.& If this issue continues to be ignored, do I have the right to schedule repairs and cleanup on my own and withhold condo association fees to pay for it? Should I contact the property management company again? I’m stymied, and meanwhile the damage is spreading.

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Michigan HOA imposing annual fees for rental of condo units

Posted on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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My HOA recently administered a $100 fee per year to the owners of any condo units being rented. There was a change to the Master Deed seven years ago stating that the board could do this, though it has not been initiated until now. In addition, a notice had not been sent out informing condo owners of this.

There has been plenty of discussion amongst owners regarding initiation of this fee, even though it is in the Master Deed. After quickly researching, it seems that law in Michigan does not govern HOAs. Further, it seems this sort of action is legal in some states, and illegal in others. Does anyone know of or have any information about associations implementing a yearly fee to condo owners renting their properties?

The HOA stated the reason for the fee is due to the additional cost of renters contacting the association. Shouldn’t this be covered by our condo association dues? Anyone with advice on this, or where I may gather additional information, would be great.

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Massachusetts Condo Association shared utility usage question

Posted on Sat, Nov 01, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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I live in a Massachusetts Condo Association.  We recently had a new shared water meter installed. My question is this.  If you have a shared utility but you feel your usage is below what your share is, how should you approach your board?

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Condo fees questioned between units of different size/construction

Posted on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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We live in a Kentucky condo association.  There are 90 condo units that are 2,400 square feet and made of brick, and another 100 condo units at 1,800 square feet that are wood-framed with siding, etc.

In determining condo association fees, should the construction and cost of repair of the condo unit be taken into consideration in addition to square footage? It seems the smaller units require more frequent repair, yet condo association fees for the larger units are much higher.

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How can condo association cost effectively run emergency phone lines?

Posted on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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I am a member of a North Carolina condo association, and have a question regarding condo unit emergency phone lines. We are required by law to have dedicated phone lines for the fire alarm and elevator, along with a backup phone line for the fire alarm. For three condo buildings, that is a total of nine business lines.

Does anyone have suggestions on alternative, more cost effective solutions?

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Own condo, but can't make assessment payments. What can the HOA do?

Posted on Sun, Oct 19, 2014 @ 07:00 AM
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What if I own my condo free and clear, but can't pay my condo assessment fees. If I fall behind, say 8-12 months, how can the HOA collect the assessments? I live in Illinois.

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How can condo association deferred maintenance accounts be used?

Posted on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 @ 08:09 AM
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What exactly can condo association deferred maintenance and unallocated interest accounts be used for? I've always understood that these 2 accounts can be used for any reserve spending, such as elevator upgrade, painting, carpeting, roofing, paving, etc.

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Should homeowners be responsible for additional HOA assessment fees?

Posted on Thu, Oct 02, 2014 @ 09:16 AM
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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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Dues collector too aggressive for condo association owners

Posted on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 @ 06:51 AM
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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, and the board won't tell her to stop. Is this discrimination?

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Condo unit seller discloses pending association lawsuit to buyer

Posted on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 04:53 AM
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I recently purchased a condo in Florida and the seller disclosed a pending lawsuit. I requested all information/documentation concerning the lawsuit and was told by his real estate agent the lawsuit was finalized and there was a $300 assessment that he would pay. After I closed I learned at the first HOA meeting the judgment was for $600,000 and each owner may be assessed $6,000, but the BOD decided to file bankruptcy and appeal the decision. Also, I was not made aware of a MOA or MOA dues but found out at the meeting MOA dues were suspended/stopped during the lawsuit but BOD are discussing reinstating them at $200 per month. Should I seek legal action against seller, seller's real estate agent, or my real estate agent?

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