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Illinois Condo Association requiring condo owners to use union contractors for all work

Posted on Sun, Mar 1, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Repairs, Illinois condo act, Illinois Condo Association, CCR, Bylaw, HOA Board, Condo Docs, condo association repairs, Condo Act

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I recently moved into an Illinois Condo Association with over 200 condo units.

Last week, we received a summary of the rules and regulations for construction or remodeling activity within our individual condo units. One of the requirements states that any work must be performed by union contractors.

Is it legal to have this requirement?

Maine Condo Association not providing year-round maintenance as is stated in their Bylaws

Posted on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo Assessments, Bylaw, Rights, Rules and Enforcement, past due HOA assessments, Condo Act, Maine Condo Association

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I recently purchased a condo unit in a small Maine Condo Association. Our monthly Condo Association fees cover water, maintenance of common elements, snow removal, and is year-round as stated in our Bylaws.

I like to use my place during the off-season, but have had to vacate it several times due to lack of plumbing, which is the issue I am currently facing.  The Board told me that a plumber would be sent out to fix suspected frozen pipes, but nothing has been done for several days.

Additionally, I am dissatisfied with snow removal and maintenance efforts put forth during the off-season, but have not had any luck discussing this with the rest of the Association as most use it as a seasonal place and feel it is not a big deal.  There are also discussions around taking a vote to make the Condo Association seasonal, ignoring the poor maintenance and instead focusing on the fact that many only want it as a seasonal complex.

I purchased my condo unit under the impression that the Condo association was year-round. Shouldn’t I be able to reside in my condo unit and use the water? What recourse do I have?

Former co-owner in Florida Condo Association continues participation on Board of Directors

Posted on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Property Management, Condo Association Management, Florida Condo Association, Board of Directors, condo law, Bylaw, Rights, HOA Board, condo association board of directors, Condo Act, Law

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I live in a Florida Condo Association.

I’ve bought out the former co-owner of my condo unit, and have presented a certified copy of my recorded deed to the Board of Directors and Property Management Company. I’ve also made it clear that, per our Bylaws, this person can no longer be privy to information about me, the condo unit, or our Condo Association meetings.

However, the individual continues to participate in our meetings as if they were still the BOD President, which they had resigned from months back.

How can I ensure that the Board of Directors and Property Management Company respect our Bylaws and my wishes?

Garden-level condo units facing major problems in Massachusetts Condo Association

Posted on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Board of Directors, Rules, condo law, Bylaw, HOA Board, condo association board of directors, condo rules, Condo Act, Massachusetts Condo Association

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My Massachusetts Condo Association has a dangerous snow issue blocking several condo units. The units are ground-floor/semi-garden, with sunken living room and all else on the first floor, and have snow almost to the top of every window (some from snow blowing, some from natural occurrence and drifting.

Is this a fire safety issue, since the only means of egress is the main exit door, which has 8-foot snow banks blocking patio?

Regarding removal of the snow, the Board suggested paying the snow removal team extra money to shovel out our condensers, which are all individually owned.  I’m guessing payment for snow removal around individual condo units is not out of the realm of their thinking. Further, there is nothing stated in our documents that addresses this issue.

Should the issue of snow removal be dealt with by the Board and paid from condominium funds, since there are 12 condo units facing the same situation?

Massachusetts Condo Association facing major issues with ice dams

Posted on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Risk Mitigation, condo association questions, Rules, Bylaw, HOA Board, condo association board of directors, condo association repairs, Massachusetts Condo Association

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I live in a (very snowy) Massachusetts Condo Association.

With all of the recent snow, I am concerned that ice dams building up the roof will lead to interior water damage when the snow begins to melt. I’ve taken care of the ice dams on my roof and gutters. However, my neighbors have neglected to do so, which could result in water damage to my condo since our units are adjacent to one another.

Our Board of Directors, who are typically very responsive, have not been treating this issue with the urgency it deserves. If not dealt with proactively, this issue can quickly lead to major damage upon thawing temperatures, which are in the near forecast!

How can I ensure that action is taken before it is too late?

Florida Condo Association running wild with rental of condo units

Posted on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Florida Condo Association, Board of Directors, Bylaw, HOA Board, condo association board of directors, Condo Docs, condo rules, Renters, Condo Act

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I bought a condo unit in a Florida Condo Association 19 years ago.

At the time, there was one rental unit. Now, 19 years later, 25 of the 70 condo units are currently being rented.

Further, the Board of Directors has allowed one individual, an investor living in Peru, to purchase 5 condo units for the purpose of renting. There are no rules against this set forth in our documents, as it was never an issue and the furthest thing from anyone’s mind at the time.

Is this allowed? I certainly did not intend to purchase in a rental building!

Are Board members required to be on property deed in Georgia Condo Associations?

Posted on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Board of Directors, Rules, condo law, Bylaw, HOA Board, condo association board of directors, Condo Act, Georgia Condo Association

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I am a condo owner in a Georgia Condo Association.

In order for an individual to be on the Board of Directors in Georgia, is the person required to be on the property deed?

As an example, lets say a condo unit is in the husband’s name only, yet the wife would like to be on the Board. I’ve looked at our documents and was not able to find clarity on this.

Georgia Condo Association Board not happy with election results, decide to run another vote

Posted on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Board of Directors, CCR, Bylaw, Rights, Elections, Rules and Enforcement, HOA Board, condo board, Condo Act, Georgia Condo Association

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My Georgia Condo Association is currently in the Board member election process.  The Board is telling condo owners that we are required to vote for 5 Board members, though our documents say nothing about this number.  This is a problem, as the majority of condo owners are in favor of a new Board, as well as a maximum of 3 Board members.

The first vote was held about a week ago by mail. Evidently the current Board was not happy with the results, as they are running the vote-by-mail (at great expense) again!

Can they do this?  It seems to me that condo owners should be able to vote for who they want and not be forced to vote for current Board members that we want off the Board!

Michigan Condo Association lax when it comes to proof of insurance policies

Posted on Sun, Feb 8, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: condo association insurance policy, Board of Directors, CCR, Bylaw, Rules and Enforcement, hoa insurance policy, Michigan Condo Association

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I am a new Board of Directors member in a Michigan Condo Association.

I am concerned that my Association has never asked condo unit owners to provide documentation of insurance policies.

Our Bylaws state that ‘from time-to-time’ condo owners shall submit proof of insurance. Does anyone have any suggestions on this, and how we may enforce such rules?

Condo Association having issues with renters - considers change to Bylaws

Posted on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Condo Association Management, condo law, Bylaw, Rights, Renters, West Virginia Condo Association,

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I live in a West Virginia Condo Association. We are a small, self-managed Association having some serious issues with renters, and the homeowners renting the properties are not helping.

Can our Bylaws be changed to state that condo units can no longer be leased?