Condominium Damage Financial Insurance Legal Neighbor Issues

Neighbor Damages Unit, Refuses to Pay for Repairs

L.W. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, A few months ago, a neighbor (a tenant – owner rents it out) attempted to make a change to the plumbing in his kitchen. It was done incorrectly, causing water to flow incessantly for several days into my garage which is below their kitchen. Water flowed all across the length of my ceiling (into the area where the air conditioning ducts are housed), and down the sides of…

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Condo Board Allows Unit Owner to Custom Landscape

J.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, One of our residents asked for permission to build a berm of trees and shrubs behind his home to help block noise. I say that is a common area and that the entire community should vote on this. The board granted permission. Are they correct in so doing? Mister Condo replies: J.B., unless your documents specifically limit the Board’s authority on its management of the common…

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Can the HOA File for Bankruptcy?

X.Y. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can an HOA file for bankruptcy in NJ? If the HOA has debts that the HOA cannot pay and keep the property properly maintained and operating? Because of a loophole in the law, a homeowner sued the HOA and lost, but the expenses were sufficient to defend. Mister Condo replies: X.Y., it is very unusual for an established HOA to file for bankruptcy, especially without first having…

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Plumbing Contractor Soaks Condo Unit Owner with Surprise Bill

J.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently had a slow leak from a pipe in my ceiling. I own a lower unit and asked the condo association to send someone out to determine the source of the leak. It was determined that the leak came from the pipe coming off my hot water heater. I opted to have the repairs done by a private contractor. I later received an invoice from…

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