Architectural Compliance Board Condominium

Previous Condo Owner Used Unapproved Paint Colors for Windows and Doors

A.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently purchased a condo and the board sent me a letter asking me to paint some windows on my unit as they are not the right color. The windows are the same color they were when I purchased the unit. There is nothing in the condo docs that state what color windows and doors are supposed to be. Can I be held responsible for correcting…

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Architectural Compliance Board Buying Condominium Governance Legal

Previous Condo Unit Owner Had No Right to Modify Attic

S.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I bought my condo in February of 2015. On the mezzanine floor, the previous owner had extended in to the attic a sort of storage room. Basically, there is a door and it leads in to the roof attic for extra storage. I now received a registered letter to close up this area as per it being part of the common ground and is not entitled…

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Architectural Compliance Board Condominium Crime

Sliding Glass Doors Make Condos Easy Break-in Targets

D.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have mostly glass patio doors at my condo and a lot of break-ins because of this. Can the association prevent me from replacing this with a more solid, much safer door? Mister Condo replies: D.K., I am sorry that your condo suffers from a high crime rate. While I share your concern for safety and home protection, the style and design of an exterior door…

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Architectural Compliance Condominium Governance Windows

Condo Window Replacement Conundrum

J.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a small, self-managed condo building of which I am the sole Trustee. We have a back stairwell that every unit has common access to, but spacious landings with street viewing windows and storage/closets that are exclusive use. When I bought my place, it was the height of summer and I did not realize how dreadful my landing window situation was. They are old…

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