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Steep Common Entrance Poses Challenge for Recently Handicapped Unit Owner

M.A. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My mother has become handicapped and can no longer manage the steep step to enter the common entrance of her condo. I find it steep myself, and I am able bodied. When she had cinderblocks placed to make a step half way between the large step, the building management said this was illegal and will not offer to do anything to assist. Handicap problems are new to…

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Condo President Employing Unit Owner for Questionable Common Area Work

Anonymous from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, Mr. Condo! We have an owner who feels he knows what is best for all the units, and has gone forward on several projects in the common areas without any majority approval. My main complaint is that the work he does is biased in his favor, and is usually not of professional caliber. In many cases, he has gotten the association president to rubber-stamp his…

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Condo Bulk Trash Eliminated; Residents Still Dumping

L.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association has decided to completely eliminate condo bulk trash pickup. I understand that originally we had one but people were abusing it by putting out trash way before pickup date and since it was not fenced in some of the public would use it as their own dumping area. The condo then put up a temporary fenced area with poles in cement with wire…

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Board Raises Condo Fees Without Unit Owner Vote

V.N. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association recently voted to increase condo fees. However, the trustees did not have a vote to ask owners how much. They just arbitrarily decided to increase the fees by 20%, plus a special assessment of $500 per unit to cover debt incurred in snow plowing last winter. As an owner, do I have any rights to protest this? Mister Condo replies: V.N, the answer…

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