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Condo Replacement Windows Require Board Approval

M.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is it permissible under Connecticut condo law to choose a window replacement vendor (Home Depot) rather than the board pre-approved vendors (Renewal by Andersen & Marvin)? Of course assuming that the Home Depot window has the same exterior appearance as all other units (frame size, palette -color, etc.). Mister Condo replies: M.K., the short answer is “yes and no”. Please allow me to explain. The concept of…

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HOA Licensure for Foreclosure?

R.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does the HOA have to be licensed in order to foreclose on a condo? Mister Condo replies: R.C., thank you for writing. I can only offer friendly advice here, so, please accept my reply as such. Consult with a qualified attorney if you require a true legal opinion on this matter. I am not exactly sure what you mean by “licensed”. Condominium Associations and HOAs are…

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Condo Contractor Unlicensed and Uninsured

D.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I used the contractor who does work for my building (who said he was licensed) to install a floor in my kitchen. Unfortunately, he caused extensive damage to my kitchen. He is refusing to compensate me and the building refuses to get involved. Turns out I think he is unlicensed as he is not listed with the Department of Consumer Affairs (whom I reported him to).…

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Do Unrelated Co-Owners of Condo Need a Special Contract?

N.P. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does a condominium association have the right to require unrelated owners to sign a special contract with respect to their co-ownership of the unit? Mister Condo replies: N.P., that is an interesting question and I am guessing the answer lies within your condominium documents. Ownership of a unit by unrelated people is not that uncommon. I am not sure what kind of special contract we are…

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