Category: Q&A

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2017 October Q&A: Can Board Members Be Removed?

Q. Our relatives, living in a townhouse complex in Massachusetts, have a concern. There were four members on their board, but recently, a fifth joined, clearly for his own self-interests and agenda. He is a lawyer who represents several …

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2017 September Q&A: Doing Double Duty

Q. We live in a small condo association, only 24 units. It’s a great place, and most of the owners have been here for many years. Needless to say, as people get older, and have been volunteering for various positions over the years, it’s …

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2017 September Q&A: Inspection Needed?

Q.  I live in a town house condo in Massachusetts and do not use my fireplace. Am I required to have it inspected every year?                       —Cost-Conscious Owner? A.  “There is no state statute or regulation which requires a un…

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2017 August Q&A: When Is the Law Not the Law?

Q. Can a condo association that does not follow its bylaws as registered with the state of Rhode Island have the power to enforce its rules and regulations and fine a unit owner?                            — Law-Abiding Owner A. “The …

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2017 August Q&A: Can Everyone Attend Meetings?

Q. Understanding that Massachusetts law enables all condo members to attend board meetings, my question is whether this also holds true if meetings are held in a board member's private residence. Are there any guidelines that differ betwe…

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2017 July Q&A: Identifying Sex Offenders

Q. I was recently made aware that a sex offender moved into my condominium building.  He moved into his girlfriend’s unit. I made the board aware of this and even gave them a printout from the sex offender registry. We have a lot of child…

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2017 June Q&A: Does Manager’s Duty Extend to Tenants?

Q. Our property manager feels she should treat tenants and owners equally. As trustee, I feel that the property manager's duty is first to the owners who reside here, and then to rental tenants.  For instance, if there’s a noise issue be…

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2017 April Q&A: Voting by Proxy

Q. For the annual meeting, there are seven people running for five positions. The management company sent a proxy to all owners and requested that it either be mailed to them or dropped in the mailbox in the building lobby. This mailbox i…

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2017 April Q&A: Why Can’t We Use Clotheslines?

Q. With the arrival of nice weather, we would like to save energy and practice a “greener” lifestyle by hanging our laundry outside. There is no formal line-drying area at our townhome community, so we asked about installing a line on our…

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