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Watertown Mass trustee has had it with disengaged owners!

I am the sole Trustee of a 9-unit, self-managed condo association.

I also do all of the cleaning, maintenance & general upkeep of the property. In addition, I also take care of any other issues that may arise. I am paid a very small, insulting stipend per month for my services.

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Should garage flooding fix be paid by both owners? Norwood, MA

I live in a duplex condo. common area driveway floods my garage. The HOA is myself and one other unit member. The other unit member will not help me pay to fix the problem.

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Chelsea MA: how we implement fines, penalties and other assessments?

Should a Trust Association have a schedule of fines, penalties, other assessments stating the reason/infraction and the dollar amount?  Also additional dollar amounts for 2nd, 3rd, & further occurrences of the same infractions to ensure even-handed and defensible fines charged?  Chelsea, MA

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Boston property manager always wins work. Should association have more control?

Our property manager has a parent company that does work (of all kinds) through out the properties they manage painting, shoveling, deck replacing, patio repairing etc. While the people do do a good job we should be establishing relationships with other vendors. 

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MA condo law: must all owners be notified of association meetings?

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 she may not be allowed to speak? Chelsea, Massachusetts
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Berlin MA resident concerned with management company churn

We signed with new management company in 2012. Since then, we have had 3 different property managers. It seems that just as the "new" manager gets involved, there's a change. Any advice?
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Special assessment in Needham Mass is for the birds

All owners in my complex were recently charged with a Special Assessment of $35.00. This was a charge to cover expenses of placing a plastic cage over dryer vents and was labeled "bird mitigation".

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Condo repairs in Boston: Who should pay for contractor damage?

I have two issues, hope you can help.

1. Our complex had an excavating company do work on underground piping. As a result the company busted a pipe not associated with the contracted work, causing a sewer back up in another unit leaving the unit without toilet and water for 8 days.

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Condo owner can't find anyone to pin blame on for damaged garage door

Can't prove landscaper this past winter doing snow removal at my MA condo caused garage door damage, so won't pay for repairs. Property manager says it's my problem too since I can't prove it and so does HOA. The garage door repairman says that damage wasn't because of age or use. Who should pay?  Massachusetts.
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Do all condo owners need to vote on new capital improvements?

Two years ago, the Board of Trustees voted to have a shed erected on a section of common ground. The board decided to do this because we are self-managed association and have a maintenance man who does the necessary repairs. The shed was needed to store materials, ladders, tools, etc. There was no question from any of the residents as to the legality of building the shed. The board has now decided to put in a drive leading to the shed because the constant driving over the grass has begun to erode the lawn making ruts and, in general, making that area a bit messy. Now, one of the residents has decided that the board is overstepping its bounds by not having a vote on this expenditure of $2,100. He is claiming this is a capital expenditure and it needs to be approved by the residents. The board feels that, since there was no need for a vote for the shed, the drive is necessary to (1) complete the shed and (2) improve the area around the shed which is getting close to shabby. Should the board go ahead with this drive without putting it to a vote? Can this be called a capital expenditure?
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