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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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Unit Owner Fined for Questionable Rule

G.V. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently received a fine from my condo for violating a rule about having drinks around the pool area (not glass). Our bylaws mention other pool rules such as no glass, but do not mention specifically drinks around the pool. I tried to appeal the fine and they upheld it. The fine was my first warning about this “rule” as well. Is there anything I can do? Mister…

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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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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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