Board Condominium Governance Voting

How Cold Can the Condo Board Keep the Common Areas?

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…

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Board Condominium Governance Rules Enforcement

Condo Association Turns Off Water and Sewer as Punishment for Breaking Rules

K.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the association harass you about your pet and the use of your balcony? Can they shut your water and sewer off! Mister Condo replies: K.S., when folks move into community associations governed by a set of rules, they agree to live and behave a certain way. Typically, the problems associated with pets like picking up their waste, limiting their noises, and making sure they do…

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Board Common Fees Condominium Damage Governance Insurance Property Management

No Money in the Condo Budget for Snow Removal!

A.R. from New Haven County, Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The condo association decided to stop providing snow removal services “to save money”. Our dues increased 25 percent a few months ago due to higher insurance costs. The budget approved by the board includes a substantial amount for snow and landscaping, yet the yard is not being landscaped, and now we received a notice that no snow removal services will be provided anymore. I contacted the management company…

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Board Condominium Legal Parking

Condo Board Sued for Not Offering Handicapped Parking

S.B. from New Haven County, Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo is individual stand-alone units with a garage & driveway that accommodates a second car, therefore unit owners are not allowed to park in the street. One owner claimed that his heart condition makes it “physically stressful” to move his car daily and requests a handicap spot in front of his house. We denied, and he filed a civil rights claim. Mister Condo replies:…

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