Condominium Financial Taxes

Property Tax Exemptions for 55+ Community Members?

J.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! I am wondering whether you know of any states or towns (in the country) offer or require a property tax exemption for 55+ communities that do not receive municipal services, such as trash pick-up. Thank you, J.B. Mister Condo replies: J.B., hello to you as well! Property tax exemptions are a bit unusual because most times the original developer of the community was the one who…

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Buying Condominium Damage Financial Insurance

Hot Deal on Fire-Damaged Condo!

L.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! I am thinking about purchasing a condo with known fire damage which was caused by the resident living above the unit. No repairs have been done to the building yet so I am very hesitant as I am really not familiar with the process. Here are my questions: Who is responsible for the repair knowing that the damage was not caused by the previous owner? If…

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Board Condominium Financial Governance

Condo Front Stoop Safety Handrail – Who Pays?

J.L. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 55+ common interest community. My physical condition at 70+ yrs. of age has changed and I can no longer enter my front entrance without assistance. In addition, I am on continuous oxygen. There is one high step up to the stoop/front porch landing. Currently there is no handrail to grab onto to assist me with stepping up so I can enter the front door of…

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Board Condominium Governance Neighbor Issues Rules Enforcement

Overwatering Neighbor Overreaching Limited Common Area

S.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Next door neighbor in my 54-unit PUD is way overwatering his lawn and even has a sprinkler head on my limited common area.  What can I do when the association won’t help? Mister Condo replies: S.B., given the summer we’re having here in Connecticut, it’s hard to believe there is such a thing as overwatering! That being said, nuisance behavior from a neighbor is just that; a…

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