Assessments Board Common Fees Condominium Financial Governance Reserve Fund

Percentage of Condo Unit Ownership Formula Questioned

R.T. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in condo units that are duplexes; 2 units per building. There are a few that are 3 units per building but 90% are 2 units per building. Units are basically identical. The main difference is that some have finished walk out basements. The original declaration, some 20 years ago, stated condo fees were based on square footage. The board wants to raise condo fees…

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Board Condominium Governance Parking Rules Enforcement

Motorcycles Double Parked at the Condo

J.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Recently vehicle owners have started parking motorcycles in their parking spots (high rise) either behind their cars or beside them. What do you think about this? Mister Condo replies: J.M., I think it may be a rule violation! As long as the bikes fit within the assigned space(s) this may be more of a questionable use of the space than an issue the Board wants to…

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Architectural Compliance Board Condominium Governance

Removing Skylights During Condo Roofing Project

P.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is your opinion regarding an association board denying the request of a homeowner who wants to remove 2 skylights (at their cost) prior to receiving a new roof? Mister Condo replies: P.L., skylights are always a challenging part of the roofing equation for condominiums. I have heard the argument that they increase value. I have heard the argument that they are costly to maintain by…

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Board Condominium Governance Legal

How Many Votes Does the Condo Developer Get?

  J.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo,   Our developer sends his one representative to our annual condo meetings. He owns one condo unit and several empty lots for future condos. How many votes does he get?   Mister Condo replies: J.M., developer transition periods are some of the most challenging times a young association like yours can face. There are all sorts of governance questions that can pop up and there…

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