Board Condominium Governance

Condo Owners Question Ejection Pump Ownership

K.M. from Chicago writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a 4-flat in Chicago. Inside the garden unit is an ejector pump with a battery backup. It is located behind a panel, in a closet. The pump is quite old & needs replacing as do the batteries. The question is, who pays for these items? Are they considered “limited common areas”? Many thanks! Mister Condo replies: K.M., since the ejector pump was likely a part of…

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Board Condominium Parking

Can I Use My Condo Parking Space As I See Fit?

M.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi I have a deeded parking spot that has its own tax bill. My son moved back home and has equipment to start a business in my parking spot. I park on the street. Someone complained as usual here and now they sent out an email that says the condo association 3-4 people decided nothing can be stored in a parking spot. Remove in a month…

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Assessments Buying Communications Condominium Financial

Previous Condo Owner May Have Failed to Disclose Upcoming Special Assessment

C.P. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My daughter bought a condo where her association fees are $450.00 per month. Due to future major roof improvement job her payment will increase by $300.00. We feel the seller had to know about this upcoming project and didn’t reveal this very crucial information. The other choice to pay would be a one-time payment for $22,000.00 per unit. There are 40 units. Something doesn’t seem legal here.…

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Condominium Legal Neighbor Issues Noise

Laws About Condo Flooring Materials in High-Rises

J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am on the lower level of a condominium and the owner above me removed area rugs, and walking on hard wood floors above me sounds like horses walking around!! Are there any laws or standards regarding wood floors in condos? Mister Condo replies: J., there are no laws about floor types or covering in condos that I am aware of. However, many associations, especially those with…

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