Condominium Financial

How Much Does a Certified Audit Cost?

D.J. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the average cost of a certified audit? Mister Condo replies: D.J., my gut feel was that there is not an average cost for a certified audit but I wasn’t certain so I asked Sam Tomasetti, CPA of Tomasetti, Kulas & Company, P.C. to give us a proper answer for questions like yours. Here’s what Sam had to say: I would not trust a price that…

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Condominium Damage Financial Governance

Who is Responsible for Common Area Repair Bills?

S.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I noticed some damage to a common area that adjoins my condo. I contacted a contractor to come out and look at the job. The contractor refused to do the work but is now charging monies for trips out to unit. The management company wants me to pay the contractor bill. I don’t think that’s fair. What can I do? Mister Condo replies: S.M., I don’t…

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Condominium Governance Neighbor Issues Rules Enforcement

Chiminea… Decorative Accessory or Fire Hazard?

M.C. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can you have a 20 inch fire bowl or chiminea on your porch? I have noticed several of my neighbors have them and I am concerned that this is creating a fire hazard for me and the rest of the condo. Mister Condo replies: M.C., fire bowls, chimineas, grills, propane heaters and many other accessories have caused (pardon my pun) “heated” debates at condominiums for years. Many…

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Architectural Compliance Board Condominium Governance Neighbor Issues Rules Enforcement

Much Ado about Mezuzah!

I.S. from Fairfield County writes: I read a newspaper story about a woman in Stratford being denied the right to display a mezuzah on her doorway at her condo. Why would a condo have a problem with someone displaying something as small as a mezuzah? Isn’t that just being petty? Mister Condo replies: I.S., petty or not, this story made newspaper headlines, TV news, and had heavy exposure on the internet in blogs and other…

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