Board Condominium Financial Governance

What Determines Who Wins Condo Competitive Bids?

J.O. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, After competitive bids have been reviewed and a contractor selected should a contract be prepared and signed? Mister Condo replies: J.O., in theory, yes, but there is often more than just low price that goes into an association’s decision to do business with a particular vendor. Let’s say the association needs to have its parking lot and roads repaved. An RFP is prepared and distributed to…

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Board Communications Governance Legal

Condo Board Member Makes Cell Phone Recordings of Unit Owner Comments

E.P. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our property manager and condo board allow a homeowner to talk for “five” minutes prior to the start of their monthly board meeting. A board member records the conversation on her phone and also times you so you keep at the five-minute limitation. The homeowner is told they are being recorded but they are not asked if they approve. Nothing is documented in the minutes, except a…

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Board Condominium Governance Legal

Condo Board President Needs to Share Association’s Attorney’s Advice

B.I. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the president of a condo board withhold communication to/from the association’s attorney from other board members? Communication has to do with whether a resolution the board passed was proper. Mister Condo replies: B.I., as the elected leader of the Board, the President does have some executive powers that come with the office. However, unless the governing documents offer him the privilege of use of the association’s…

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Board Condominium Governance Parking

Florida Condo Parking Requires Pass for Guests

H.W. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am in a Condo in South Florida which has recently enacted a parking pass rule. My community consists of 2/2’s 3/2’s, townhomes and villas but we all pay the same association fee. I own 1 car and I have a guest that stays 1 or 2 nights each week. I’m required to request a guest pass every time I have a guest however the process of getting…

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