M.B. from outside of Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I live in a building that was built in the Sixties. I have a two-bedroom condo and one parking space. There are many residents that have two parking spaces. There are some residents that rent their spaces for extra income. The real estate agent has been the president of the board for over 25 years and makes a good living renting and selling apartments. He has been known to be a bit of a con man. Since my apartment has been turned over several times since I purchased it, how can I find out how many parking spaces it was originally?
Mister Condo replies:
M.B., you should check your deed and/or closing documents from when you purchased your unit to see if the number of parking spaces is mentioned (it should be). There may also be a copy of the original deed at your local Property Office (this varies from town to town, city to city, county to county, etc.) so you might need to do a little research to find out where your local records are stored. As for your dislike of the long-serving Board President, consider that the collective unit owners that have lived there for the 25+ years he has been elected to the Board have continued to reelect him year after year. He must be doing something right.