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Condo Air Conditioner Expense Leaves Unit Owner Cold!

G.M. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am member of a condo association. I have inherited a $10,000 Air Conditioner expenditure due to negligence and management by my condominium. I have presented my case to them and the claim. My family and I cannot afford this cost and we cannot afford to be without air conditioning again this summer. Who can I turn to? Mister Condo replies: G.M., I am sorry that you…

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Association Tows Vehicle with ADA Placard

J.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My 39-unit building has 2 ADA spaces – one of which is constantly utilized by one resident – who does have an ADA placard – as a 3rd space for their unit. We are deeded 2 spaces each. HOA rules clearly govern the ADA spaces (Guest pass *and* ADA placard needed, 24-hour max), in order to address residents using them improperly. Multiple written warnings, and then…

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Condo Damage Caused by Unit Owner Suffering from Dementia

D.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Upstairs neighbor has Alzheimer’s/dementia, lives alone. Water leaking into downstairs neighbor’s, creating electrical fire danger. She won’t let anyone in. Mister Condo replies: D.M., I am sorry you and your association find yourself in this situation. Welcome to the world of court-ordered access! Even if your condominium documents allow for “right of access” to units within the association, it is usually best to do so with…

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Condo Elevator Replacement Causes Special Assessment for First Floor Residents

M.J. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, Quick question for you from California. Living in a condo building that needs a new elevator at some point in the future. The HOA wants to make a special assessment for the new elevator. Do the people living on the first floor have to pay for this special assessment, considering they don’t need to use the elevator? Mister Condo replies: M.J., generally speaking, yes, all unit owners contribute…

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