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Condo Has to Purchase its Own Clubhouse!

L.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When many of the first purchasers bought from the condo developer they were told that one condo unit on the first floor would be the owners’ clubhouse/fitness center. At some point (I’m unsure of when since I’m a new owner) the documents given to purchasers said that the clubhouse condo was owned by the developer and could, at some future time be sold. Now the building…

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Is Condo Board Responsible to Provide Onsite Parking?

S.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are condominium boards required to provide on-site parking for residents or renters? Mister Condo replies: S.K., no, on-site parking is a function of use of the common areas, which are under the control of the Board as they have been elected by the association to manage the common assets of the association. Many communities, especially urban-based associations, simply don’t own any land or garage space where…

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Small Condo Governance Issues

R.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a three-unit condo. One unit is held in a Trust and the President resides in this unit along with his adult son. Our governing documents dictate that one person from each unit is the “director” and is allowed one vote. My spouse is the secretary and we are told by the President that, therefore, I am not allowed to vote, only my spouse is.…

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Condo “Marketing Fee” Forces Unit Owners to Use Condo’s Designated Realtor

S.Y. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo board discriminates against unit owners who want to list their unit for sale outside the condo realtor. If you list with the condo’s realtor, the realtors commission of 6% is paid from the condo’s 10% “marketing fee” levied when a unit sells. If you use your own realtor, you pay the 10% condo “marketing fee” plus 6% to the realtor. Many of us want…

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