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Category: Law & Legislation

Law & Legislation
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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2012 June 2012 Legislative Roundup

Legislative activity in regards to condominium law varies widely among the six New England states this year, although a few common themes are evident. The concept of state licensing, with standards for property managers seems to be gai…

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2012 January RIP Fannie & Freddie?

 One of the biggest issues in the real estate industry over the past year has  been the speculation that government-sponsored mortgage programs Fannie Mae and  Freddie Mac will be ending. For the past 70 years, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac  …

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2011 June "Do As I Say..."

There’s nothing worse than dealing with someone who has let their power go to their head, and when you’re talking about a co-op or condo board member who starts to act above everyone in the community, huge problems can arise. …

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2011 June Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

 Fenway is the name synonymous with Red Sox baseball and the venerable ballpark  that the beloved team calls home.    But to Bostonians who live in the distinctive neighborhood near Fenway Park,  Fenway is their home, too—a friendly…

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2011 June The Third Annual New England Condo Expo

Launched just three years ago, New England Condominium’s annual Condo Expo has already become a fixture on the business calendar of  vendors, service providers, board members, building staff members and residents  throughout the region. Ea…

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2011 June Watch Your Mouth!

 Anyone can be a victim of “defamation of character,” whether it’s in the form of slander (a verbal attack) or libel (slander that’s written and distributed). In the rarefied arena of residential communities,  emotions can run high when pe…

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2011 June Getting A Fair Share

Last year, a condo unit owner in Andover, Massachusetts, called the town’s Department of Public Works to complain that he had to drag trash containers to the end of the street and was wondering why the trucks couldn’t come by his drivewa…

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2011 June No Time Like the Precedent

 Board members and property managers have all experienced finger pointing, in  which the accusation, “You let them do it, so I can too!” is front and center. Lawyers and property managers all too frequently see the  trouble that results wh…

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2011 June New England 2011 Legislative Roundup

Many of the issues contained within legislation in the 2011 session concern governance and membership rights during a time of economic stringency. They range from Maine’s regulation updates, and measures to alleviate foreclosure impacts…

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