Board CIOA Condominium Governance Legal Neighbor Issues

Former Board Member Making Life Difficult for New Board and Condo Contractors

M.M. from Windham County writes: Dear Mister Condo, A resident is prone to harassing our contractors for landscaping and snow removal. He is very resentful that he is no longer on the board and sends us lengthy emails about their shortcomings. Years ago, he used to enjoy kickbacks from contractors who no longer work here. He also removes branches, shovels snow and blames us for his hernia. Our manager reminded him that he is not…

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Board CIOA Governance HOA Legal Volunteer Voting

HOA Board Governing but Not by The Rules!

D.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, There are 29 homes in my HOA. The board refuses to get training and dictates policy based on their judgement. They have dictated that we have to clear the snow from sidewalks in front of our lot. My lot front has a 10 foot set back. Shouldn’t all sidewalks be labeled common areas and therefore cleared along with the sidewalks in front of open spaces which…

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Board CIOA Condominium Governance Legal

Do Condo Documents Have to Be Updated When Laws Change?

J.W. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What are the implications for a condo association or Board of Directors if the association’s documents have not been updated to comply with the 2010 changes to CT condo law? Mister Condo replies: J.W., that is a great question with a few different answers. The short answer is that federal law trumps state law and state law trumps your condominium’s governing documents, regardless of what provisions they…

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Board CIOA Condominium Financial Governance Legal

Is It Against the Law for Association Vendors To Donate Money To Condominium?

L.D. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our executive board agreed unanimously to accept monies solicited by a Unit Owner from our vendors who wishes (along with a few other unit owners) to install a flagpole with lights in the community. By accepting this contribution, isn’t this a violation of the CHAPTER 828* COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT Sec. 47-245 (j) No person shall provide or offer to any executive board member or a person…

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