Condominium Financial Governance

Who Owns the Carpeting on a Carpeted Condo Balcony?

L.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association installed carpeting on balconies many years prior to my purchasing my unit. The association is now requiring the carpet be removed at my expense. I claim that I did not install the carpet therefore I am not responsible for its removal. Mister Condo replies: L.B., that is an interesting quagmire you find yourself in. Are you certain of the carpet installation history? Balconies…

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Board Governance HOA Neighbor Issues Pets Rules Enforcement

HOA Sues Owner for Trying to Rescue a Stray Cat

J.H. from Michigan writes: Dear Mister Condo, My neighbor accused me of feeding a feral cat. HOA is taking me to court. I was not feeding a feral cat! This female cat was tame, but pregnant. I was feeding the cat in order to catch her. If I had not, there would now be 3 females pregnant by the 2 tomcats roaming the condo complex. I did these people a favor! I bought the food,…

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Board Condominium Damage Property Management

This Condo Repair Job is for the Birds!

L.W. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, I’ve had an issue with a bird nest outside on my soffit. My condo is refusing to pay for the removal even though it’s part of the building. This has been going on for several months. I’ve been calling the condo President constantly to no avail. We recently hired a Management company and the President is very rude. I had my cousin talk to both of them…

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Board Communications Condominium Governance Legal

How Long Do Condo Records Need to be Kept?

B.C. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How long do you have to keep unit files and other correspondence? Mister Condo replies: L.D., that is a great question and, the answer varies from state to state! Since you are from Connecticut, let me share with you what I know of the requirements in our state. My advice is to keep as much of the association’s records as is reasonably possible but there are some…

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