W.G. from New Haven County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Who must supply the proof that an under 55 occupant is living full time in a condo he co-owns with his mother who is the over 55 owner not occupying the condo? I have reported this violation and the 43 year-old man is now vandalizing my car, letting air out of the tires, scratching it 10 times, nail under tire, cut the windshield wiper rubber all across on driver side, vandalized my air conditioner by shutting it off on the rooftop, and more. Police told me to put a video camera for proof. What can I do to get fines when there is not even a fining committee? This is making me sick.
Mister Condo replies:
W.G., it sounds like you have a criminal problem on your hands as well as a rules enforcement issue with your association. Let’s address the more serious issue of vandalism and your personal safety. Your Board has no legal authority to enforce laws. The activities of your neighbor that you have described are criminal. You did the right thing by contacting the local police but it would appear that they are not willing to press charges without you providing documented proof, which is unfortunate. I would continue to work with the police to have this neighbor arrested and brought to justice for his crimes against you. If you get no satisfaction from the local authorities, contact your local media (newspaper, radio, TV) and have them apply pressure to the police to take action. You may also wish to seek the assistance of an attorney. The illegal activities of your neighbor need to end and you need to feel safe in your own home. He sounds like a real sociopath. Please be careful.
As for what your Board can do about someone under the minimum age residing in your complex it really comes down to what your condo documents state about ownership and residency. From what you have stated, the owner is of the correct age but the family member living there is not. That may be perfectly legal under your association’s rules but I can see where it strikes a sour note with you and the other residents who are of the appropriate age. If the association needs legal advice I strongly advise consulting with an attorney that specializes in this field of law. Best wishes!