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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Board Communications Condominium Governance Neighbor Issues Rules Enforcement Selling

Condo Board Challenges Continue in Pennsylvania

(Editor’s Note: this question is a follow-up to the original post that appeared on February 14, 2019. You can see that post here: https://askmistercondo.com/board-and-fellow-unit-owners-making-condo-life-uncomfortable/) M.K. from Pennsylvania writes: Dear Mister Condo, Thank you for your recent reply. We are taking your advice and putting our home on the market after doing $4K worth of work. The only thing holding us back is a job offer in another city. In the meantime, the old ladies and men…

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Crime Neighbor Issues Property Management

Condo Owner Altercation with Property Manager Leads to Arrest

K.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, An owner has filed a temporary restraint order on our resident manager and tried twice to have him arrested and finally succeeded. The manager can’t do his job without the possibly of being close. He will likely not be allowed within 100 feet of our building where the unit owner resides. In the meantime, the building is unprotected while the manager is in jail. I am not…

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Condominium Damage Neighbor Issues

Condo Unit Owner Removes Load Bearing Wall; Disaster Ensues

N.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a condo on the fourth floor. An owner of a unit below moved a load bearing wall and now I have cracks on my walls and my floor sags. Who’s responsible; the owner that did the work or the association? Mister Condo replies: N.G., Yikes! I always shake my head in disbelief when I hear these stories. A unit owner took it upon themselves…

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