Board Condominium Financial Governance Rules Enforcement

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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Board Condominium Governance Rules Enforcement

Feral Cats Find Friendly Unit Owners; Association Board Not So Much!

R.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! We are currently feeding and maintaining a mama cat and her 3 kittens plus 2 other friendly feral cats on our front porch. Association putting pressure on us to “get rid” of our outdoor friends. We are good people and good home owners. We have done so much to be good neighbors and keep up our property on our own. We are trying to find…

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Board Condominium Governance Nuisance Rules Enforcement

Foul Odors From Infirmed Neighbor Ruining Condo Owner’s Life

M.F. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in Glendale, CA. There is a person (‘a room-mate’) as she says who takes care of a bed-bound person. The kitchen curtain is always open which is directly across from my 2nd bedroom and she spends her day outside on the walkway smoking. I have asked her to NOT smoke outside my windows but it seems as if every time I open my door there she is.…

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Board Condominium Financial Governance Rules Enforcement

Condo Board Issuing Fines without Hearings

A.F. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a board fine a unit owner without a hearing? Mister Condo replies: A.F., typically, the Board cannot simply fine a unit owner without due process which typically involves a written notice of violation and a summons to appear before the Board to explain the reasons for the violation. After hearing the unit owner’s rebuttal or explanation, the Board is then free to take whatever disciplinary action…

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