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New Condo Owner Asks to See Association Records

J.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does a new owner, 7 days, have the right to see minutes and running balance sheets from previous years? She did not ask for any of this before she bought. If so, is there a time limit to which I have to get her this information? Thanks! Mister Condo replies: J.S., all unit owners, regardless of how long they have owned, have a right to inspect…

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Condo Board Refuses to Hold Annual Meeting!

J.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association elects board members at the annual association meeting. The current board will not schedule the annual election. The current board just keeps making decisions. How can a non-board member force the board to schedule an annual meeting so that new board members can be elected? The By-Laws call for the annual meeting to be held in April and they must give a minimum…

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Who Pays for Storm-Damaged Gutters Installed by HOA Home’s Previous Owner?

J.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Gutters were installed by previous owner and we’re damaged by a common area tree from a storm. Who is responsible for replacement and costs? Mister Condo replies: J.D., since the gutters were installed by a previous owner it is likely the current owner (you) who is responsible. However, it is certainly worth a call or letter to the Board to report the damage and inquire of…

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Condo Association Approaching 50% Rental Mark

H.W. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our 306-unit condo is now at 48% rentals. The Board relies on a manager to do this type of work. What will happen when we get to 50%? Mister Condo replies: H.W., thank you for writing. There are many challenges to managing and living in a community with a high rental rate. For starters, fewer owner occupied units usually means that fewer of the residents have a…

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