E.P. from Dane County, Wisconsin writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Our condo HOA contracts to have our dryer vents cleaned once every two years, but we don’t have it required in our HOA bylaws. So, we have some owners who say they’ve cleaned it themselves, but upon casual inspection, they weren’t able to do a proper job. We want to add language in our bylaws to require the biannual cleaning, but could use some pointers on what that language looks like. Thanks!
Mister Condo replies:
E.P., I applaud your HOA for requiring dryer vent cleaning on a regular basis as dryer vent fires are still a leading cause at condominiums and HOAs. Your Board should simply follow the same procedures as it would for any other by-law or rules additions. The wording might look something like this:
“XYZ Association requires professional dryer vent cleanings once every 2 years. XYZ Association will negotiate a price and arrange dryer vent cleaning on behalf of all HOA members. Each homeowner is required to individually pay for the actual vent cleaning of the vent work for their home and will be billed by the vendor.”
Hope that helps. All the best!