Category: Q&A

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2019 February Q&A: Fishy Financial Operations?

Q. We live in a 64 unit condo in Massachusetts and feel that the board of trustees is not following their fiduciary responsibilities. The treasurer resides out of state, and has all maintenance invoices sent to her monthly. She is, theref…

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2019 February Q&A: Share and Share Alike

Q. Can a condominium association charge all unit owners the same fees? MGL Chapter 183A Sections 5(a) and 6(a)(1) seem to require the association to determine the percentage of undivided interest for each unit and to access fees in accord…

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2019 January Q&A: Board Won’t Hold Elections!

Q. My board has not held an election in 10 years! They keep re-appointing themselves and appoint their friends when there is a vacancy. How can I stop this abuse of power by my HOA?                                      — Frustrated Owner…

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2018 November Q&A: Driveway Issue

Q. Approximately four years ago I moved to an over-55 condo association where each unit has its own driveway. The complex is about 12 years old, and when initially turned over by the builder to the association the inexperienced board was …

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2018 November Q&A: Calculating Percentage Interests

Q. I am the newly-elected treasurer of a very small condo complex consisting of 16 free-standing homes. Four of the homes are low-income dwellings (40B) of which the owner has a 7.5 percent beneficial interest. Our expense budget proposed…

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2018 October Q&A: How Much Warning is Needed for Security Cameras?

Q. I own a condo in Massachusetts. I have installed security cameras inside my unit.  The condo association has signs stating that the property has security cameras.  Do I also need to put a sign on my condo (door, window, etc.), stating …

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2018 September Q&A: Should Board Members Share Complaints?

Q.  A unit owner in our condominium reported to the board an alleged violation by another unit owner of the rules and regulations of the condominium association. A member of the board then disclosed to the alleged rule-breaker that a compl…

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2018 August Q&A: After-Hours Access

Q.  We have a doorman at our condo building from 8 a.m. until midnight, and the street door is locked at midnight. Is there any regulation regarding necessary available access to the building by guests or emergency responders between midni…

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2018 July Q&A: What’s the Secret?

Q. Many owners have questions about what happens at the monthly board meetings. Our board refuses to release any meeting minutes to the owners. Also, the board has told me that they do not record in the minutes who voted for what. Can the…

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