A.C. from Fairfield County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Is it normal/ethical/legal for the treasurer of a condo association to be doing the work around the commons? I thought people were paid to come out and do jobs.
Mister Condo replies:
A.C., since I am not an attorney, I offer no legal opinions in this column. When any member of the association does work on behalf of the association, there is unnecessary risk involved. If they get hurt or do faulty work that causes injury or death, the association would likely get sued and not have coverage. As you point out, the association has a budget for paying licensed and insured contractors to perform work for the association. While I am sure that the Board member doing the work is well-intentioned, the “free” labor usually creates more problems than the money saved by the association. It would be better for all involved if all work done for the association be handled by a licensed and insured worker. All the best!