Assessments Condominium Financial Governance Legal

Can a Declarant Levy A Special Assessment on New Unit Owners?

M.K. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a condominium development where the declarant is still in charge and there is not yet a managing HOA. The declarant has been remiss in his maintenance of our common properties with no painting despite exposed wood, inadequate reserves, etc.. Presently, the Board that he controls is planning to levy an assessment on the owners. It has always been my belief that this can only…

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Condominium Governance Legal Parking Renting Rules Enforcement

Oversized Handicapped Vehicle Not Allowed at the Condo

J.T. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I rent a condo that has roughly 700 units. I have a townhouse that has a small garage and a driveway. I am being told that I cannot have a guest park in my driveway because he owns a pickup truck. This is not a commercial truck just a new Chevy. So I said OK, where is the guest parking and I will have him park…

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Board Condominium Governance Neighbor Issues Noise Rules Enforcement

Noisy Upstairs Condo Neighbor Prevents Unit Owner from Sleeping

S.W. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Help, please! This is the first time I’m encountering noise from upstairs unit which prevents me from getting enough hours of sleep. Thank you. Mister Condo replies: S.W., upstairs condo neighbors can often create a lot of noise without even realizing they are creating a problem for the unit owners who live below them. High-rise style condos often have rules in place to help minimize the…

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Condominium Damage

How To Battle Condo Ice Dams?

A Property Manager from Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Thought I would use your help via Ask Mister Condo. Ice damming is a problem and we are trying to determine if there are any condominiums complexes in CT that have installed “heating cables” in gutters to melt ice/snow in the winter to avoid ice damming problems. Mister Condo replies: Thanks for writing! Always happy to assist a fellow Nutmegger! I have heard crazy stories of…

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