Communications Condominium Governance Legal

Verbal or Written Petition to Call a Special Meeting of Condo Unit Owners?

K.D. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, To call a special meeting of the unit owners, do the condo owners need to sign a document, or is their verbal agreement enough? Mister Condo replies: K.D., thank you for your question. Special meetings of unit owners are generally called when there is a major problem or issue facing the association. Recall elections are the most common reason for a special meeting. Your by-laws should spell…

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Condo Video Surveillance of Private Areas

R.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! Is it allowed to install a video surveillance system on private areas in a condo? Does someone need to monitor the picture? Can someone request to access the recordings? Thanks a lot! Mister Condo replies: R.H., Many condominium and homeowners associations install and use video surveillance systems in common or public areas of the association. These areas are owned by the association and should be…

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First Time Boston Condo Buyer Concerned Over Lack of Reserve Fund

B.K. from Boston, MA writes: Dear Mister Condo, My wife and I are considering buying our first home just outside of Boston. The market is red hot so we have to move quickly if we are to purchase this unit. We found a condo we can afford in a small (12 unit) association. I was just provided with a copy of the 2014 / 2015 budget and I am a bit concerned that the association…

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Why Can’t I Install Windows At My Condo On My Own?

A.C. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I would like to replace a window on my unit. According to the association I own the window. I have asked the association and know what kind of window they approve but they also told me that I must use a licensed installer. My uncle offered his help to replace the window and he is fully capable of carry out this job but he is not licensed.…

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