Architectural Compliance Board Condominium Governance Rules Enforcement

Unapproved Condo Deck Painting – Permission or Forgiveness?

M.G. from Pennsylvania writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a question on “grandfathering.” Last year, I bought a unit in an 86-unit suburban, middle class townhome type community in SE Pennsylvania (we have grass and trees). It was built in 1992. A few years after building, owners were allowed to build 12′ X 16′ decks off the rear to cover over original concrete patios. The wood decks were to be of a certain design and…

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Assessments Board Condominium Financial Governance Legal

Forced to Pay Interest on Unwanted Condo Loan

J.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association consists of 22 units with a 7-member board. Recently they decided on a capital expenditure of $100,000. The talk is that they want to borrow @ 7% over 7 years and equally assess all homeowners, interest included, over this 7 year period. There are a handful us that want to pay our portion up front to avoid this interest charge and resale value…

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Board Condominium Damage Financial Governance Insurance Legal

Condo Ice Damming Makes a Repeated Damned Mess!

A.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have melting ice that has caused water damage to our ceiling for three years in a row. The HOA sent a roofer who deemed it to be caused by ice damming. They will not fix our roof as they claim ice damming is not covered. They also will not fix our ceiling, which our condo insurance claims the HOA is responsible for. Our insurance paid…

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Board Common Fees Communications Financial Governance HOA Legal

Dysfunctional HOA is no FUN!

T.O. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live on a small private road that has left the power in one couples’ hands for ages. We have basically NO say and are hostage to an archaic agreement. We are frankly sick of it and considering legal action. Do we have a chance at establishing a real association where everyone pays a fair share? Thank you! Mister Condo replies: T.O., small associations can have big…

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