R.M. from outside of Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Are there any rules for one when a condo should turn the heat on in the common areas? Our common areas are 58° right now and dropping quickly. For some reason or another the association is refusing to turn the heat on and people are shivering. What can be done about this? Can we withhold our condo fees?
Mister Condo replies:
R.M., the Board of the Condo Association is responsible for providing service to the common areas. These are the folks elected by you and fellow unit owners to handle just such business decisions. It could be that they have decided to save money at the expense of unit owner comfort this year. My advice is to let them know you don’t mind paying more in common fees if it means getting the heat on earlier or set to a higher temperature. Under no circumstance should you or any of your fellow unit owners withhold your common fees. If you do, the Board would have every right to take collection actions against you. Not only will you not get your heat but you could end up owing a great deal in legal fees as well. Talk to your Board. Ask them to turn up the heat. If they refuse, elect some new Board members who will respond to the will of the unit owners. Good luck!