Category: Q&A

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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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2017 April Q&A: Is the Board Limited to Owners?

Q. We live in a fairly large condominium building, and, of course, don’t know all of our neighbors. We recently learned that one of the newly-elected members of our association board is a resident, but not actually a unit owner. Is this a…

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2017 March Q&A: When a Board Comes Under Attack

Q. I serve on the five-member board of a wonderful 10-year-old condominium community of single-level duplexes and triplexes. Our board members, one of whom served on a previous “do-nothing” board, generally get along well. However, anothe…

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2017 March Q&A: Is More Parking an Improvement?

Q. A few years ago, the board decided that we needed additional parking on our six-building property. Without consulting the owners of the building most immediately affected, they had a contractor tear up the front lawn of that building a…

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2017 February Q&A: Writing Rental Rules

Q. Our new condominium association contains, as part of its common elements, an atrium and courtyard. What do I need to know about instituting rules and regulations for these common areas in light of the fact that the board would like to …

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2016 December Q&A: Staying in Bounds

Q. What if any are the limits to what the board of trustees are required to do under Massachusetts General Statutes 183A? What happens if they overstep their bounds?                — Unauthorized in Auburn A. “The mandatory provision…

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