Board Governance HOA Parking

Unit Owner’s Driveway Shortened by HOA for Wider Road

R.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a Planned Unit Development. The association wants to take 2 feet of my driveway to widen the road. Do I own the driveway or does the HOA? Mister Condo replies: R.B., I am sorry that you are likely to lose some driveway to make room for a wider road. I hope that you will benefit in some way from a larger road. In most…

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Board Damage Insurance

Seasonal HOA Common Wall Leak Causing Year-Round Unit Damage

A.Y. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I wonder should the HOA be responsible for repair of interior damage caused by exterior leaks? We live in a townhome and since this summer we started to notice moisture damage on our hardwood floor along the baseboard/molding of a wall facing the backyard (not a shared wall). It’s visible that small amount of moisture sitting on the floor just along the baseboards and the floors showed…

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Board Condominium Crime Governance HOA Legal

Homeowners Accuse HOA President of Embezzlement!

J.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My HOA President is embezzling funds from our HOA and it appears he is getting a “bonus” from the contractors we use. What are the correct steps to remove him from his position and possibly sue him (we have evidence of some of his transgressions)? Mister Condo replies: J.M., I am so sorry to hear about any HOA having their funds stolen through embezzlement. While it…

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Board Communications Governance HOA

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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