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Condo Altercation Caught On Condo Surveillance System

M.J. from Brooklyn, NY writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m a unit owner, my wife is on the condo board. I got into an altercation with a stranger in front of our building. The guy was injured. He went to the hospital and filed a false report that I walked up to him and just beat him up for no reason. The truth is I asked why he was trying to light the intercom on fire…

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Condo Owner in Arrears Seeks to Purchase Second Unit

R.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a small commercial condo complex. A current unit owner is in arrears for over $4000. He is trying to purchase a unit that is for sale. Can we block him from making the purchase until his other unit fees are paid in full? Mister Condo replies: R.D., I am not aware of any law that would prohibit this unit owner from purchasing a second…

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Condo Documents Call for an Audit

E.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If only an audit is required by a condo declaration does it need to be “certified”? Mister Condo replies: E.S., the answer lies in your documents and state law. If neither the documents nor the law require a “certified” audit, then an audit may suffice. The question is, what is the difference between an audit and a certified audit as it pertains to your condo association?…

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Self-Managed Condo License Requirement

B.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When self-managing condos, do you need a real estate license? Mister Condo replies: B.D., I think you are referring to a community association management license versus a real estate license. A real estate license has nothing to do with managing a condominium. Generally speaking, self-managed condominiums can be run by the association without a licensed community association manager. However, there are plenty of exceptions and state…

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