Board Condominium Crime Legal Pets

Condo Trespassing by Non-Unit Owners is a Cause for Concern

C.F. from Hartford County, Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a small condo complex. We have a nice park like setting. Unfortunately, that brings in non-residents to walk their dogs, or jog. The front entrance to our complex has a sign posted Private Property No Soliciting. In the past I have had to speak to people coming onto the property to walk their dogs and who let them relieve themselves on our property.…

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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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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 Condominium Damage Insurance Legal

Condo Owner Stuck With Repair Bill From Association-Hired Contractor

K.M. from Arizona writes: Dear Mister Condo, Good morning, I purchased a new AC unit in 2013. All was well, especially living in Arizona where it’s hot as hades! We recently had a new roof put on the buildings and a few weeks later, low and behold, my AC is not working appropriately. My AC company came out and found a leak in the unit which they believe was caused by the roofing company. I…

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