Board Condominium Governance Legal

President Asking Daughter to Fill in Violates Condo Governing Documents

P.S. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The President of our association did not make it to the last meeting but sent a proxy regarding his daughter to vote AND stand in for president and run the meeting. Our governing documents state that if the president is unable to fulfill his duties as president, the secretary fills in. Who should have run the meeting? The daughter with the proxy or the secretary? Mister Condo…

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Board Condominium Governance Legal Renting

Can Condo Association Evict an Owner’s Tenant?

G.Q. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo association evict an owner’s tenant? Mister Condo replies: G.Q., depending on the by-laws of the association, it is quite possible although it is not a simple process. State laws and local laws also come into play. The by-laws spell out acceptable use of condo units. Let’s say a unit is being used for an illegal activity, like producing drugs. The association has the…

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Board Condominium Damage Financial Insurance Legal Renting

Insurance Runaround Leaves Condo Renter with Uncovered Losses

P.P. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I was a tenant in a condo that was damaged by water that entered the unit causing complete damage to 800 square feet of the hardwood flooring, Sheetrock and our personal property/furniture. Since owners’ insurance approved full compensation for damage, cause described as ice dam. Our tenants’ insurance declined claim because of owners’ insurance ‘ice dam’. Upon demo of floors and walls it was discovered that the damage was…

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Board Condominium Governance Legal Neighbor Issues Nuisance Smoking

There is No “Right to Smoke” at the Condo!

H.S. from Washington state writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have an owner who is objecting to his neighbor below, who smokes while sitting on her back deck. She even has a fan going outside to blow smoke away, so it does not go upstairs. We have rules saying no smoking within 25 feet of bldgs. But smoking is allowed on back decks. We only added in rules years back about 25 feet so not to…

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