Architectural Compliance Board Condominium

Previous Condo Owner Used Unapproved Paint Colors for Windows and Doors

A.L. from outside of Connecticut writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I recently purchased a condo and the board sent me a letter asking me to paint some windows on my unit as they are not the right color. The windows are the same color they were when I purchased the unit. There is nothing in the condo docs that state what color windows and doors are supposed to be. Can I be held responsible for correcting the previous owners mistake. These windows are not new so who knows how long they have been this way. The board says they didn’t go after the previous owner because they weren’t looking at all the window colors until a recent walkthrough of the property.

Mister Condo replies:

A.L., typically, the Board can enforce architectural compliance guidelines for units within the association, regardless of when the guideline was violated. There are times when owners have challenged the guidelines or the timeframe in which the violation was caught but those are the exception and not the rule. Is it going to be very expensive to paint the windows and doors? Chances are that bringing your unit into compliance will cost far less than fighting the complaint and you’ll have fresh paint on these items that will help make them more appealing and enjoyable for you. You can fight it if you wish but my recommendation is to go ahead and have the painting done. All the best!

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