Condominium Governance Insurance Neighbor Issues

Unattended Boat Left at Condo Dock for Months at a Time

K.I. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 16-unit condo bldg. I have a neighbor who leaves his boat on his dock and goes to New York for 3+ months at a time including during hurricane season. Can he do this? Mister Condo replies: K.I., the answer lies in your condo docs and/or dock regulations if the dock is operated separately from the association. My guess is that unless there is wording…

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Hot Tub Responsibility Concerns Condo Board

C.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a unit owner who wants to install a hot tub on her enclosed back porch! If we allow this as a board, do we accept any liability for it? Do we have to carry it under our insurance, or does the owner have full responsibility? Thank you! Mister Condo replies: C.G., in my experience, hot tubs are sticky subjects in condominiums for the very…

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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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Buying Condominium Governance Rules Enforcement

Undisclosed Condo Rules Angering New Buyer

J.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are rules that are not disclosed in condo docs at the time of purchase enforceable? A neighbor just asserted I was violating a rule by bringing a bicycle in through the front entrance rather than the service entrance and threatened a fine. When I purchased my unit I actually read the 109 pages of condo rules that were disclosed at the time, and no such rule…

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