M.K. from outside of Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My condo is 40% Fundamentalist Christian. They have a weekly Bible study and control the Board. We had a ten-year standing water issue which was finally resolved when we took steps looking into a lawyer. They are so judgmental and repeatedly report us to the board over trivial matters. We moved out and now are moving back in after our home failed to sell. They kept bombing me with “nice” nosy questions and now I refuse contact and have taken steps to insure my privacy. Is there anything I can do to get them from approaching me every time I go on my deck or outside? And is there anything we can do about the favoritism they show such as forgetting repeatedly to cut the weeds behind my condo.
Mister Condo replies:
M.K., I am sorry that you are feeling uncomfortable in your own condo association. Freedom of speech pretty much guarantees all of us the ability to say what we want within reason. You have already taken steps to distance yourself from their expression of speech. As for governance issues, the Board has legal responsibilities to enforce the covenants of the association. One of those covenants is peaceable enjoyment of your unit. The attorney who assisted you with the water problem can likely offer you the best legal advice for your state. If the Board is taking actions that deny you peaceable enjoyment of your unit, you may be able to sue them. Whether you agree with their Fundamentalist values or not, you should not be subjected to harassment of any sort. As for issues of favoritism, that is unfortunate and you should complain, in writing, to the Board when services that are provided to others are not provided to you. I know that selling your unit didn’t work last time but I would strongly urge you to consider trying again. There is no reason for anyone to remain living in a condo that is not to their liking. Lower your price, do whatever you have to do to make your unit more appealing. Perhaps a current unit owner could find a friend or family member more attuned to the community’s nuances? I wish you better success down the road.