Condominium Governance Legal Neighbor Issues

Condo Unit Owners Want to Add Private Decks on Commonly Owned Lands

B.M. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are a 4-unit condo association where 2 owners want to take commonly owned outside land for private decks. How is the outside land valued in terms of the monthly HOA fees? Is there a standard used, i.e. value it at 50% interior space? Mister Condo replies: B.M., unless the governing documents prevent the unit owners from doing so, they may be free to install decks on the…

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Crime Neighbor Issues Property Management

Condo Owner Altercation with Property Manager Leads to Arrest

K.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, An owner has filed a temporary restraint order on our resident manager and tried twice to have him arrested and finally succeeded. The manager can’t do his job without the possibly of being close. He will likely not be allowed within 100 feet of our building where the unit owner resides. In the meantime, the building is unprotected while the manager is in jail. I am not…

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Condominium Damage Neighbor Issues

Condo Unit Owner Removes Load Bearing Wall; Disaster Ensues

N.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a condo on the fourth floor. An owner of a unit below moved a load bearing wall and now I have cracks on my walls and my floor sags. Who’s responsible; the owner that did the work or the association? Mister Condo replies: N.G., Yikes! I always shake my head in disbelief when I hear these stories. A unit owner took it upon themselves…

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Condominium Damage Financial Governance

Careless Condo Owner Ruining Neighboring Unit

H.H. from Los Angeles writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in Los Angeles and the unit above me has had water leaking into my unit – this will make the 4th time. I had to get my insurance company involved last time and they had to replace my ceiling and shower. 2 days ago, water was pouring into my newly renovated kitchen. She claims she spilled a pitcher of water. I have pics and video.…

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