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Elevator Shaft Access Room Water Leak Floods Condo Below

A.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo is a 9th floor penthouse. A small room above it had a water leak. This room is for the top of the elevator shaft access. The pipe burst sending water into my bedroom from the hallway outside my unit. The condo manager tells me to file a claim with my homeowner insurance company, as they won’t pay for the damage. My homeowner insurance company…

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Condo Experiences Third Special Assessment in Three Years

R.F. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a member of the Board of Directors for my association for 6 years. There are 135 homeowners in 32 buildings plus a clubhouse. The buildings’ ages are from 30-36 years built with exterior wood clapboard. The repair, prep, material and painting are on a 12-year cycle. This is the 3rd year for a “special assessment”. There is a conflict as to the definition of…

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Condo Contractor Makes a Mess of Unit Owner’s Siding

D.S. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We had work done on a cement slab attached to the front door cement porch. First off, we asked that we be notified when the work was being done and we were not. The workers damaged our siding, and the cement slab poured was stuck to the siding. No drip edge was put in and on the outer side, the siding was bent. Our Board insists everything…

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Unit Owner Fined for Questionable Rule

G.V. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently received a fine from my condo for violating a rule about having drinks around the pool area (not glass). Our bylaws mention other pool rules such as no glass, but do not mention specifically drinks around the pool. I tried to appeal the fine and they upheld it. The fine was my first warning about this “rule” as well. Is there anything I can do? Mister…

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