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Who Pays for Sealed Condo Chimney Inspection?

C.N. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My fireplace is sealed and insulated. I don’t use it. Now the HOA Board is requiring I pay to have the ‘chimney and outside components’ inspected to be sure no dead animals or debris are in there for insurance purposes. Is this my responsibility? Mister Condo replies: C.N., as the weather cools, a nice fireplace sounds good right about now. However, you are not alone in…

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Offensive HOA President Accused of Abusing Association Funds

V.R. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Recently, I received a letter from a concerned neighbor that revealed some serious issues at our condo. The HOA was dropped by both the auditor and Property Management Company due to concerns over internal controls. Included were copies of letters from each company terminating their services and citing concerns: use of debit card for many unexplained transactions ($12K unexplained ATM withdrawals, $6K debit card transactions at casinos in…

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Condo Dissolution Sought

S.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! We are in the process of buying two units that are essentially a multi-family house that was converted to a condo 7 years ago. It is a foreclosure and cash deal because of the condo mess. The owner that let them foreclose has a third house (condo) on the property with a minority interest. Best we can tell, besides the original filing of condo docs,…

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Condo Contemplates Adjoining Land Purchase

S.T. from Michigan writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Board wants to purchase adjoining land (12.7 acres) of field/trees which will be a berm/buffer zone for the Association as protection from purchase by another party which might construct an apartment complex, for example. We do not intend to build on it but leave it as it is. There would be somewhat of a tax increase for co-owners with this purchase ($50,000), which is being done primarily…

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