Board Communications Condominium Financial Governance Legal

Condo Unit Owner’s Right to Association’s Financial Transparency

J.R. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What rights do I have for convenient financial transparency from our board of directors? Mister Condo replies: J.R., financial transparency is typically outlined in the association’s governance documents. Additionally, in Connecticut, the Common Interest Ownership Act (CIOA) offers unit owners additional transparency if the governance documents don’t offer the same or better. Of course, your definition of financial transparency may not be exactly what you are looking…

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Board Condominium Governance Legal Renting Volunteer Voting

How Too Many Non-Resident Unit Owners in a Condo Association Changes Everything

E.C. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The same people who established the condominium in which I live still control it. Though units were first sold in 1990, one of the developers maintains 15 of the 130 units. This block of condo units represents 15 votes, which when added to condo units controlled by their friends on the board, leads to a lot of apparent financial shenanigans and bullying of owners who simply want…

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Board Condominium Governance Pets Rules Enforcement

Condo’s “Backyard” Cannot be Used to Walk Dogs

T.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our association has a rule that dogs are not allowed in our backyard near the River. Can they prevent me from using my backyard for my dogs? Mister Condo replies: T.B., they absolutely can restrict use of the common grounds as it applies to pets. Many condo unit owners are under the impression that the land that surrounds their units is theirs to use as they…

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Board Condominium Governance Legal Neighbor Issues

Neighboring Association Trash Dumpster Intrusion

T.P. from Chicago writes: Dear Mister Condo, The neighboring condo association has had their 2 garbage bins on our property for the last 6 years. I’ve always had a problem with that because, 1) they don’t maintain the area, I do, and 2) the liability of a “slip and fall” happening on our property by our neighbors or their trash removal company. I recently asked them to move the bins and was told “no”. Can…

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