Condominium Financial

Shining a Light on Light Fixture Replacements

P.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Who is responsible for replacing outdoor light fixtures on each condo unit? Mister Condo replies: P.S., that’s a bright question! While it varies from condo to condo, simple light bulb replacement is usually handled by a community’s handyman. Full fixture replacement would necessitate a licensed and insured electrician to perform the work. For most condominiums, external light fixtures would be considered either common or limited common elements.…

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Assessments Board Condominium Financial Governance

How Much Notice on Special Assessments?

K.R. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! I would like to know how much notice a condo association must give unit owners for the due date of a special assessment fee payment. This assessment is on top of the regular monthly fee payment. Someone told me the required notice time is 30 days but I’d like to be sure. Thank you. Mister Condo replies: K.R., no two words get condominium unit owners more…

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Common Fees Condominium Financial Taxes

Sales Tax on Common Fees?

J.H. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The Management Company is charging sales tax on the common fees of owner occupied condominiums. Is that right? Mister Condo replies: J.H., no, that is not right! Common fees, in and of themselves, are not subject to state sales tax here in CT or anywhere else that I am aware of. However, if the association incurred a tax burden and an assessment was added to your…

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Board Condominium Governance

Doubling the Voting Power of One Board Member Questioned

S.S. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association board has a vacancy from a resignation. The remaining trustees can fill the vacancy. Can one of the existing trustees be appointed to fill the vacancy and thus be a trustee twice at once time; exercising twice the voting power they had previously? Mister Condo replies: S.S., I am not a lawyer so I cannot offer a legal opinion but I can tell you that…

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