Assessments Board Condominium Financial Governance

Condo Board Excuses Some Unit Owners from Special Assessment

M.Y. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo which more than 70 units. The HOA has come up with an assessment for repairs of $4,250.00 for each owner. Can they make exceptions if some owners say they don’t have the money? Shouldn’t every owner have to pay their share; and can owners insist that the Board post the name’s and amounts that each owner has paid? Thank you for…

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Condo Board Wishes to Tow Vehicle of Owner in Arrears

L.M. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, If a condo owner is in arrears and refuses to pay common charges, be legally towed, with prior written notice, from the parking plaza or street, which are all private. Thank you. Mister Condo replies: L.M., most likely not but there are exceptions. Condo owners, even those in arrears, have basic rights as owners of the unit and members of the association. Those rights are not suspended…

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Condo Experiences Third Special Assessment in Three Years

R.F. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a member of the Board of Directors for my association for 6 years. There are 135 homeowners in 32 buildings plus a clubhouse. The buildings’ ages are from 30-36 years built with exterior wood clapboard. The repair, prep, material and painting are on a 12-year cycle. This is the 3rd year for a “special assessment”. There is a conflict as to the definition of…

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Withholding Condo Common Fees for Poor Landscaping is a Bad Idea!

L.B. from New Haven writes: Dear Mister Condo, We pay a high HOA fee at my complex which includes routine work such as landscaping. Our landscapers do as little as possible and the property is always a mess. Overgrown bushes, grass, weeds, etc. Numerous complaints have been made to the property manager and she does nothing to follow thru. My question is, if I trim my own bushes, weed and basically clean up, do I…

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