Buying Condominium Governance Rules Enforcement

Undisclosed Condo Rules Angering New Buyer

J.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are rules that are not disclosed in condo docs at the time of purchase enforceable? A neighbor just asserted I was violating a rule by bringing a bicycle in through the front entrance rather than the service entrance and threatened a fine. When I purchased my unit I actually read the 109 pages of condo rules that were disclosed at the time, and no such rule…

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Buying Condominium Nuisance Selling

Dumpster-Adjacent Condo Does Not Smell Good!

F.F. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Garbage cans are too close to the condo I just purchased. When I sit outside the odor is offensive. What can I do? Mister Condo replies: F.F., short of holding your breath, I am not sure there is anything you can do. Hot garbage baking in the abundant Florida sun is going to stink. I assume that the garbage dumpsters were in place before you bought your condo…

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Buying Condominium Financial Governance Legal Mortgage

Vacant Condo Units Cannot Be Sold Due to Deed Restrictions

R.K. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have worked in Condominium Management for 15 years. I currently own and operate a small management company in Massachusetts. I have been awarded Manager of Year through CAI New England, and I have problem I cannot solve and need help! At the very least, perhaps you have a story to share with others in a very unusual situation. One of my clients (a 12-condo association in Cambridge,…

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Board Buying Condominium Parking

New Condo Owner Needs to Remove Handicapped Parking Designation from Deeded Space

M.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are looking to buy a condo. It comes with two deeded spaces. However, one of the spaces has a handicapped designation. Will we be free to use the spaces (as we would be the owners) despite the designation?  Mister Condo replies: M.F., congratulations on the new condo! You should check with either the management company or the Board of the condo before you purchase just…

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