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Freezing drain pipe - should HOA pay for repair?

washer-drain-freezing.jpgMy daughter recently bought her first condo. About 12 years old. Nice place.


Who is responsible for cracked sub floors?

I live on the second floor of a condo building in Wisconsin.


New owners unsure why they are paying for past expenses

We just recently purchased a condo. Our HOA now wants increase our dues by 17%.

Also, they gave us a bill for a portion of the roof of the common area that we don't have access to, which was roofed about 8 months before we bought.


Who pays monthly charges for alarm phone lines in WI?

Two condo owners and myself purchased the 5 remaining lots in a 125 unit condominium development. The remaining 120 lots have already been built.


Wisconsin condo leak has damaged owner's flooring, who pays?

I have a water leak from the outside into my condo damaging the laminated flooring.


Can owner take over Wisconsin association's garage storage area?

We have a garage that is filled with parking units that have been declared in the condo plat and are owned by the unit owners (condo is 10+ years old now).


Can HOA board charge non-owners lake access via our common property?

Can the board of directors offer use of the common property to non-owners for a fee? We are a lakefront condo association and the board wants to raise money by allowing non-owners access to the beach for a fee. I oppose such a plan but they say they have the power over the common element property. I contend they are overreaching. The docs say they have the power to maintain, repair, replace and operate the common elements.  Wisconsin.


Advice or documents needed: fight back against HOA fee abuse

Understanding that litigation against a corrupt HOA is impractical and expensive my wife and I feel we have no choice because we are the intentional targets of constant harassment in the form of insupportable fines based on nothing, or worse, made up facts. The Unit Holders (147+) are apathetic and fearful of being targeted themselves. We know these thugs can't last forever and we don't want to move. We need self-help that we can do on our own. I am a well-respected lawyer in the community and do not by any stretch of your imagination deserve the treatment we are getting. Any leads to a sample or template abuse of process state court complaint would be appreciated.  Wisconsin.

Common area crawl space causing owner problems

I own a condo and am part of an association in Wisconsin. According to our bylaws, the basement and landscape/exterior is a part of our "common area". The crawl space directly below my unit has a moisture problem. It NEVER dries out. It is causing a mildew smell in my bedrooms. I, personally, installed a dehumidifier but it has done no good. The smell is still there. I've contacted my board numerous times over the past SIX years! Nothing has been done. They did have two guys come out last fall. They dug up the yard but I'm not sure what else they did. I asked upon their arrival and was shunned like a six-year old. I've asked since and no one will answer me. It is clearly a landscape issue. That and our "handy man" has installed sprinklers that shoot straight into both crawl space vents. I am beyond frustrated and have no idea where to turn to get help in lighting their fire to fix this ongoing issue. The latest word was they were going to hire a plumber to check for leaks. Please, someone, give me a lead as to where to go next. 

Condo Association Board considers renting common property to public

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?


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