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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?

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.

Florida Board seeks purchase of condo unit to expand common property

Posted on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Property, Condo Association Management, Boards, Florida Condo Association, Board of Directors, Rules, Condo Management, condo law, CCR, Bylaw, Rights, Common Areas, Condo Act, HOA Management

Florida Condo Association Board wants more common area 020415 resized 600

Our Florida Condo Association would like to expand our common property.  A condo unit as been put up for sale next to the clubhouse, and is perfect for additional storage and an office for the Board.

Can the Board of Directors make this decision to purchase, or must this come before all condo unit owners at the Annual Meeting?

Condo Association Board considers renting common property to public

Posted on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Board of Directors, Rules, condo law, Bylaw, Rights, Common Areas, Rules and Enforcement, HOA Board, condo association board of directors, condo rules, Condo Act, Wisconsin Condo Association

Wisconsin Condo Association Board considers renting common property for profit 020315 resized 600

I live in a lakefront Wisconsin Condo Association.  Our Board wants to raise money by charging non-members for access to the beach.  I am opposed to this plan, but have been told that the Board has power over decisions regarding common element property.

Our Bylaws say they have the power to maintain, repair, replace, and operate the common elements.  Does this mean they have the power rent them out to the public for a fee?

Virginia condo owner curious about Condo Association rental laws

Posted on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Rules, condo law, Bylaw, Rules and Enforcement, condo rules, Renters, Condo Act, Virginia condo association

Virginia Condo Association owner seeks best practice in renting 020215 resized 600

I live in a Virginia Condo Association, and have a question regarding rental properties.

Is there a standard or recommendation for a ‘healthy’ percentage of rental units for Condo Associations?  Is it legal to pass an amendment to the Bylaws that would cap the number of rental units allowed for a particular Condo Association if there was no cap in the original Bylaws?

Maryland property management company withholding records

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

Tags: property managers, Property Management, Condo Association Management, condo association property manager, Rules, Rights, Condo Act, condo association terms, HOA Management, HOA property manager, Maryland Condo Association

Maryland Condo Association property management holds records as collateral 020115 resized 600

I have a question regarding Maryland Condo Association law.

If a property management company is terminated by a Condo Association and has yet to be paid in full, can they withhold books and records from the Association until paid?

Do property managers work for the Board, condo owners, or both?

Posted on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: property managers, Property Management, condo association property manager, Board of Directors, Rules, condo law, Rights, HOA Board, condo association board of directors, HOA Management, HOA property manager, Massachusetts Condo Association

Massachusetts Condo Association has conflict with Board of Directors 012615 resized 600

I am a condo owner in a Massachusetts Condo Association.

The Association is having difficulties with a secretive and controlling Board of Directors, as they are insular and regard challenges to their decisions as threatening and insulting. The condo owners are in no way rude or out of control, they are merely seeking information.

An attempt was made to have our Condo Association property manager intercede, but they are claiming that they work for the Board and not the condo owners. If this is true, who works or advocates for condo owners?

Advice would be appreciated!

What are the regulations for Florida Condo Association committees?

Posted on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Florida Condo Association, Rules, Condo Management, condo questions, Rules and Enforcement, HOA Questions, Committees, Condo Act, HOA Management, Reporting

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I have three questions regarding Florida Condo Association committees.

  1. Do Florida statutes regulate Condo Association committees that raise money?
  2. Do these committees keep financial records, and do they have checking accounts under the name/auspice of their affiliated Condo Association?
  3. What is the accountability for committees who have in excess of $1,000 in their possession?

Thanks!

What is the rule for posting special Condo Association BOD meetings?

Posted on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Requirements, Illinois Condo Association, Rules, condo law, Rights, Rules and Enforcement, HOA Board, condo association board of directors, condo rules

Is my Illinois Condo Association Board of Directors in compliance with meetings 011215 resized 600

I have an additional question regarding the 48-hour rule for posting of regular Board of Directors meetings in an Illinois Condo Association.

Does this rule also apply for special Condo Association Board meetings? Thanks.