Communications Condominium Governance Property Management

Proper Condo Unit Owner Notice to Enter Premises

J.C. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How much notice is required to owner if management company needs to enter? Mister Condo replies: J.C., there are a few different answers to your question so let’s review why the management company might need to enter your unit. In the event of an emergency, say a flood or a fire, if the management company has your key and entering your unit can prevent further damage or…

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Condo Board Member Makes Cell Phone Recordings of Unit Owner Comments

E.P. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our property manager and condo board allow a homeowner to talk for “five” minutes prior to the start of their monthly board meeting. A board member records the conversation on her phone and also times you so you keep at the five-minute limitation. The homeowner is told they are being recorded but they are not asked if they approve. Nothing is documented in the minutes, except a…

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What is Adequate Meeting Notice for an HOA?

B.H. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How much time should an HOA give residents that a meeting is scheduled? Mister Condo replies: B.H., HOAs should give as much notice as possible to owners before a meeting takes place. Some governing documents spell it out specifically; some just say adequate notice. The Common Interest Ownership Act spells it out as 5 business days (one week) which would be the minimum for those associations that…

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Replaced Property Management Company Refuses to Surrender HOA Records to the Board

W.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The replaced property management refuses to surrender HOA records to the HOA board. Is that legal? Mister Condo replies: W.D., nobody likes to lose their job, including property management companies. While it is bad form to delay the turnover of association records to either the Board or the new property management company I have to say that I hear it happens all the time. Take a…

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