Condominium Construction Defects Damage Financial

Unlevel Balcony Rail Angers Condo Owner

R.M. from Outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, In September, my balcony railing was replaced. I have been paying for the railing for the past 3 years with 2 more years to go. My problem is that the railing was not installed properly. I put a level on it, and the railing is not level at all. Plus, numerous balcony tiles were broken. I have tried dealing with the management company, even sending them…

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Board Condominium Damage Financial Governance Insurance

Elevator Shaft Access Room Water Leak Floods Condo Below

A.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo is a 9th floor penthouse. A small room above it had a water leak. This room is for the top of the elevator shaft access. The pipe burst sending water into my bedroom from the hallway outside my unit. The condo manager tells me to file a claim with my homeowner insurance company, as they won’t pay for the damage. My homeowner insurance company…

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Assessments Board Common Fees Condominium Financial Governance

Condo Experiences Third Special Assessment in Three Years

R.F. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a member of the Board of Directors for my association for 6 years. There are 135 homeowners in 32 buildings plus a clubhouse. The buildings’ ages are from 30-36 years built with exterior wood clapboard. The repair, prep, material and painting are on a 12-year cycle. This is the 3rd year for a “special assessment”. There is a conflict as to the definition of…

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Crime Neighbor Issues Property Management

Condo Owner Altercation with Property Manager Leads to Arrest

K.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, An owner has filed a temporary restraint order on our resident manager and tried twice to have him arrested and finally succeeded. The manager can’t do his job without the possibly of being close. He will likely not be allowed within 100 feet of our building where the unit owner resides. In the meantime, the building is unprotected while the manager is in jail. I am not…

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