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2020 October Q&A: Cannabis Quarrels

Q.   I own a condo in a nice community, but I plan to move next spring because I can’t deal with this situation. The unit below mine is owned by a young woman who often smokes cannabis with her boyfriend. She says she has proof that she is…

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2020 September Q&A: Landscaping Leaves a Lot to be Desired

Q. I pay HOA fees for landscaping. Not all areas of the development are the same—some streets just have ornamental trees and a minimal amount of leaves falling. My block is swamped with leaves on the ground that begin falling in September…

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2020 August Q&A: Dealing With Antisocial Society Messaging

Q. Some of the homeowners in our association participate in discussions on a “neighborhood” social media site that is not controlled by our association. Most of the posts I’ve seen are friendly, but of course there’s a fair number that ar…

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2020 July Q&A: Owner Apathy

Q. My Connecticut condo has been run into the ground by a very poor property management group, and the condo board ‘president’ is more interested in calling himself president than in doing the duties of the position. Everything has had to…

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2020 June Q&A: Support Dog Creating Anxiety

Q. My condo has had a no-pet amendment for decades. A woman recently purchased a unit and has a dog that barks constantly. She signed all the disclosure forms stating we don’t allow pets, but has given the board a note from a nurse practi…

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2020 May Q&A: Show Us the Money

Q. What can be done if a unit owner who has not paid maintenance fees for a year — and now owes the association thousands of dollars — has declared bankruptcy? How does the association get its money?                                  —Con…

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2020 April Q&A: No Escape from Smoke

Q. We live in a 60-unit condominium in Massachusetts and share a common balcony with our next-door neighbors, divided by just a short railing. I have a sensitivity to cigarette smoke, and I don’t think it’s fair that the building allows s…

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2020 March Q&A: When a Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus

 Q: What if a resident in our HOA tests positive for COVID-19?   A: According to Gary M. Daddario of Massachusetts and New Hampshire-based law firm Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, "In the event of a known infection on the property, the …

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Q&A: COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique and challenging situations to each of us. Our cooperative and condominium clients, and their managing agents, have been working diligently to keep pace as this crisis unfolds. First and foremost, we …

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Disease & Disclosure

Q. If a resident in our building tests positive for COVID-19, or is self-quarantined, should we tell the other residents and staff? A. According to Manhattan-based law firm Armstrong Teasdale, "Residents should be notified if the board or …

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