Board Condominium Financial Governance

Ups and Downs Over Garage Door Replacement Costs

C.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Garage doors need to be replaced at my condo.  Is it possible for each unit owner to pay for their own garage door?  Two owners have no garages and the townhouse owners are being asked to pay more than double what the single owners have to pay.  Since each unit only has one door (except for the two owners), is this a fair assessment? Mister Condo replies:…

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Who Has to Buy Condo Flood Insurance?

J.W. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do I need to purchase my own flood insurance for my condo in a special flood hazard area? Mister Condo replies: J.W., this is a question that is near and dear to my heart. Many condo dwellers in Connecticut, including me, are finding themselves in the precarious situation of living in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) for the first time since FEMA remapped the region within…

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Board Condominium Governance Neighbor Issues Noise Pets Renting Rules Enforcement

Unruly Renter Makes for a Bad Condo Neighbor

M.T. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a one bedroom condo in a building with four units. Of the four units, three are owner occupied. The rented one bedroom condo is a nightmare. The unit has been in the foreclosure process and the renter behaves awfully. He is unemployed and spends the entire day chain smoking cigarettes and drinking. At times, he has a toddler son, the child’s mother, and several…

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Board Condominium Construction Defects Governance

Condo Painting Woes in Arkansas

R.Z. from Arkansas writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! My condo is in Arkansas. My question is about repairs and painting that were done to my unit. The problem is the painting contractor has only applied one coat of paint where the wood was replaced. It looks different from the rest of the exterior where two coats were applied. I’ve emailed the board told them that only one coat of paint has been applied, not 2…

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