Category: Q&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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2016 December Q&A: To Assess or Not?

Q. I’m currently trying to get information on or determine what specifically a board cannot assess owners for. Our bylaws are extremely clear on what we can assess for—largely major improvements for the building. However, what can’t or sh…

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2016 December Q&A: Are Video Meetings Allowed?

Q. With all of today’s technology available, and with video/audio conferencing by Skype or other means more popular today, I’m thinking that more associations would like to hold their meetings via the Internet or telephone conferencing. I…

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2016 October Q&A: Improper Advances

Q. I was looking for information on the appropriateness of a board member having a sexual relationship with the condo’s maintenance worker.  I tried to bring it up at the last board meeting and was shot down by everyone else, saying that …

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2016 September Q&A: Age Limitations in an Active Adult Community

Q. I am a trustee for a small over-55 active adult condominium association in central Massachusetts.  We would like some guidance/information on how other associations have handled the issue of underage relatives moving in with their pare…

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2016 August Q&A: Tyranny Unbridled

Q. I live in a 4-unit condo, with two members on the board. The president is demanding, tyrannical, and always does things her way. When work needs to be done, she hires friends and relatives, without bidding the project, and the workers …

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