Board Condominium Governance HOA Volunteer Voting

Unelected Spouse of HOA Board Member Acting Like a Board Member

J.B. from Tennessee writes: Dear Mister Condo, If the spouse of a home-owning resident is not on the title of a condo, do they have any rights to vote, influence community decisions separate from the spouse at Board meetings, or hold office if a requirement is to be a homeowner? Mister Condo replies: J.B., typically not but your governing documents will answer the question more thoroughly. Owners of record are shareholders in the corporation that…

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Condominium Governance Legal Neighbor Issues

Condo Unit Owners Want to Add Private Decks on Commonly Owned Lands

B.M. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are a 4-unit condo association where 2 owners want to take commonly owned outside land for private decks. How is the outside land valued in terms of the monthly HOA fees? Is there a standard used, i.e. value it at 50% interior space? Mister Condo replies: B.M., unless the governing documents prevent the unit owners from doing so, they may be free to install decks on the…

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Assessments Board Condominium Financial Governance

Condo Board Pushes for Vinyl Siding Creating Burdensome Special Assessment

L.N. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo has put in reserves $25,000 for staining our condos next year. We were to be assessed for $35,000. The board is now pushing for vinyl siding instead of staining. This would cost $364,000. They are asking owners to vote if they want this instead. Some of us do not have the funds for this. Could a Board be held responsible for not setting up reserves…

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Assessments Board Condominium Governance Insurance

Venting About Condo Dryer Vent Cleaning Expense

V.S. from Pennsylvania writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo association insist on its association owners to use the Association chosen Dryer Vent Cleaning Company while the owners pay for it? Mister Condo replies: V.S., generally speaking, yes, that is correct. The Board can negotiate with outside contractors to conduct services within the association and some of these expenses can be assigned to the individual unit owners. Dryer vent cleaning is a classic example because…

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