Condominium Damage Financial Governance Legal

Sinking Floor Troubles Condo Owner

D.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If I hire a structure engineer to do a report and it is in fact the association to cover damage of sinking floor will the association have to pay me back for the cost of the report? Mister Condo replies: D.G., I am sorry you find yourself with a sinking floor. I assume you have asked the association to make the repair and they are claiming…

Continue reading

Board Condominium Governance Legal Renting Rules Enforcement

Condo Rental Cap Requires a By-Law Change

L.R. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the amount of votes needed to change a bylaw? We are considering making a cap on rentals in our complex as absentee landlords are renting to multi-family groups (against our bylaws). Mister Condo replies: L.R., I am sorry that you have unit owners in your association who are renting to ineligible renters. Rather than change your by-laws which can be challenging at best, why not…

Continue reading

Condominium Damage Financial Legal Pets Renting

Hellish HOA Landlord

M.G. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, What if an owner lies to the renter and their HOA concerning the number of dogs living in their unit? My owners put on the lease and collected $450 nonrefundable pet fee for 2 dogs. However, unbeknownst to me until I moved in, they put 1 dog on the HOA form. This is because there is a strict “20 pound, 1 dog” limit on the property. However, I…

Continue reading

Common Fees Financial HOA Legal

Developer Obligation to Pay HOA Fees on Undeveloped Lots

C.C. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does a developer of A PUD have an obligation to pay dues on unsold lots once the transition/takeover of board has taken place? Mister Condo replies: C.C., an unsold lot is not the same as an undeveloped lot. If the PUD consists of built units, then it is likely that the developer would be liable for the dues from the unsold units. Undeveloped lots, do not likely…

Continue reading