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How Does Condo Unit Owner Bankruptcy Effect Common Fee Collection?

J.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If a condo owner files for bankruptcy, does this mean the unit owner will never ever pay the condo fee as long as s/he resides in the condo? Or is there a time limit? Mister Condo replies: J.A., when a unit owner files for protection from creditors through bankruptcy, the association is at risk of losing some or all of the unpaid common fees. Further complicating…

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Who Is Responsible for HOA Roof Damage Repair?

S.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a townhouse that is part of an HOA with bylaws originally written similar to a condominium association. Our roof is clearly considered a common element and is maintained and repaired by the association. I recently had to replace my unit’s air-conditioning line set that runs from the roof (compressor) to a utility room on our ground floor (evaporator coil and fan). There were…

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Who Pays for “Handicapped Parking” Sign at Condo?

S.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I know that we need to allow handicap-accessible parking. My question is who is responsible for the cost of the sign and installation cost? Mister Condo replies: S.Z., unless you have state or local laws that say differently, any allowed modification to association-owned property, such as a parking lot, is usually done at the expense of the requestor who also agrees to maintain and upkeep the…

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Is it a By-Law or a Rule We Need to Change?

R.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can you please explain the difference between a By-Law or a Rule and Regulation? Our condo allows one dog of a certain height, temperament and has a leash rule. If we want to allow two dogs, keep the same height and temperament and leash rule, is this a by-law change or rule and regulation change about the number of dogs? It would seem allowing dogs is already…

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