Board Condominium Financial Governance Legal

Can the HOA Place a Lien on Home with No Deeded Obligations?

D.W. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a single family home located in a homeowners association, with no deeded obligations to join the HOA. Can the HOA put a lien on my house for unpaid assessments? Mister Condo replies: D.W., I can only imagine your surprise, followed by your anger, over receiving notice that the HOA had put a lien on your home. My initial reaction was that I had never…

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Board Condominium Governance Renting

Landlord vs. Tenant vs. HOA in Florida

T.L. from West Palm Beach, FL writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in West Palm Beach, Florida. Can the HOA make me move if I have lived on property for 6 months? The realtor moved me into this unit in March, 2012 and told me I didn’t need to apply to the HOA. Later, one of the board members asked me to apply and told me I would definitely be approved even with bad credit.…

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Board Common Fees Condominium Financial Governance

How Are Common Fees Determined?

N.H. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How are common fees determined? Mister Condo replies: N.H., even though it may seem like a Magic 8 Ball has been consulted to determine a random dollar amount for common fees, I can assure you there is an excellent and highly reliable mathematical formula for determining the correct amount an association needs to charge its members for common fees. It all starts with the annual operating…

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Board Condominium Damage Governance Insurance

Condo Flood Damage Repaired but not Prevented!

A.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a basement level condo with four windows which I rent out. Water leaked into my apartment from a well with a drain pipe that is located just outside the condo a few weeks ago during a heavy rain. The condo association had the wood floor in the condo replaced. I want the Board to install a sump pump or some other alternative, to prevent additional…

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