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Category: Law & Legislation

Law & Legislation
2014 May Converting Your Rental Income Property

A new generation of young professionals is looking for a means to enter the housing market. Condominiums are an attractive price point and form of ownership for such new generation. To meet this demand, owners of rental housing are, in inc…

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2014 May Front of the Line

Given the fact that 20 percent of the country lives in community or “common interest” associations, it’s no surprise that a groundswell of support—and legislative action—has evolved to protect their financial security. A variety of l…

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2013 November Avoid Winter Slip-Ups

With winter rapidly approaching and the memories of last winter’s onslaught of snowstorms still in mind, this is a good time to begin thinking about an association’s duties and obligations to maintain the common areas throughout these comi…

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2013 June Handling Lawsuits

 Lawsuits are usually not an association’s go-to method for dispute resolution. Expensive and time-consuming, they can  quickly turn into a financial burden and may create strained relations in the  community. Unfortunately, in some cases …

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2013 June Listen Up!

 While some condos and HOAs are lucky enough to have lawyers serve as members of  their board, the majority of boards don’t have an in-house legal expert. They often reach out to their attorney to  answer questions, vet documents, send the…

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2013 June New England 2013 Legislative Roundup

 In today’s troubled housing market, it’s little wonder that condo associations are facing more foreclosures and tricky  mortgage entanglements than ever before. A roundup of pending condo legislation  for 2013 finds changes to notificatio…

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2013 June Lingering Lessons

 We’ve all seen the news photos of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath wrought along the Jersey Shore, Lower Manhattan, Queens and Staten  Island. While New England did not suffer the brunt of the storm, some areas of  Connecticut, Rhode Island and so…

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2013 May Rules v. Laws

 In buying into a condominium community and its lifestyle, the prospective owner  signs a contract, agreeing to accept and uphold the community’s rules and regulations—and essentially waiving certain rights.    In doing so, this buy…

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2012 June Not A Laughing Matter

 A recent Massachusetts condo dispute over the proper disposal of pet waste is  the latest high-profile example of frivolous condo litigation—a long-running and costly problem for many HOAs. The incident eventually  escalated to the point …

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2012 June Suit Happens

Imagine your own family, if you will—each person with his or her unique personality, attitude, experience and background. It’s inevitable that occasionally you might clash with sister Susie, brother Bob or even an uncle or an aunt. In a…

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