Board Condominium Governance

Can The Spouse of a Condo Board Member Serve in Lieu of the Board Member?

D.C. from Chicago writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the Board Treasurer of our condo send his wife to represent him at a special owners meeting? Mister Condo replies: D.C., that is a great question. Your governing documents most likely address who is eligible to attend a special owners meeting. My guess is that either owner is allowed to attend to represent the ownership of the unit. However, if you are asking if the spouse of…

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Architectural Compliance Board Condominium Financial Legal Windows

Previous Condo Owner Liable for Improper Window Replacement

K.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I just purchased a condo and have discovered that the previous owner installed windows whose color doesn’t’ meet with the requirement of the association. Can I go back on him for replacement costs. Mister Condo replies: K.S., most likely “yes”. However, the cost of pursuing a legal remedy may outweigh the benefits of doing so. I am not an attorney so please accept my advice as…

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Assessments Board Common Fees Condominium Damage Governance Legal Reserve Fund Selling

It’s a “Lose/Lose” for The Underfunded Reserve Condo Owner

B.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Since August of 2014, I have been requesting that my front deck/steps be repaired and repainted. It is now one year later, and despite numerous follow up requests, my front steps are becoming unstable and are sore on the eyes. I’m trying to get my condo on the market to sell but the realtor has advised me that I’ve never going to sell with the steps…

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Board Condominium Governance Neighbor Issues Parking Renting Rules Enforcement

Condo Tenant Creatively Tries to Skirt Parking Rules

B.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am on the BOD for a condo association. Each tenant is supplied 2 parking places. We have a tenant who has brought in a 3rd car and was parking in visitor parking which is posted for guests only, no overnight parking. After he was approached on this in anger he went out and somehow obtained a handicapped sticker for the 3rd car. He is now…

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