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2022 May Q&A: Bad Apple Ruins the Board

Q.    I am the president of a condo board. An owner asked to join the board, and we simply let her—she was never formally voted onto the board. Since then, she has been so awful, self-centered, and abusive that one board member resigned. W…

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2022 April Q&A: Make Well-Grounded Decisions on Change

Q. An owner in our condominium has asked the board for permission to install an electric vehicle charging station in his garage unit. This would require some infrastructure changes to the electrical system for the association. What sort o…

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2022 March Q&A: The Eyes Have It

Q. I live in a condominium in Boston. Cameras have been installed in the complex for security purposes, but I feel like I am being watched all the time by the board president. He knows at all times the ins and outs of residents, or the th…

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2022 February Q&A: Stop the Spread!

Q. We have a termite problem in our building. One of my neighbors had termites in early spring, after which another resident got them and now I have them. My question is: is the association responsible for the extermination, or is the ind…

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2022 February Q&A: Not So Neighborly Neighbors

Q. The owner in the unit downstairs from me typically parties late into the night, slams doors, has parked in my driveway, plays loud music, and leaves trash in the condo’s common areas. It seems there is some connection between this pers…

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2022 January Q&A: Stained Relationships

Q. I am a trustee at a 50-unit condominium association in Massachusetts and I have a question. There are two condominium owners involved. One owner lives above the other owner. The upstairs owner had a minor leak from a shower head. It c…

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2021 December Q&A: Is “Relatively” Qualified Good Enough?

Q. The person who serves as the “maintenance guy” for our association is the brother of one of the board members. We feel he is doing a lousy job and have complained numerous times, to no effect. He apparently does not have a written cont…

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2021 November Q&A: Handling Harassment

Q. We are having a problem at our condominium, but I'm not sure whether board members — I'm kind of new at the post — should be taking action, or if there is even any action we can take. What can be done when the president of the condo bo…

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2021 October Q&A: Stepping Up to Serve

Q. Our small condo association is having a difficult time getting enough volunteers to satisfy the leadership requirements of our Master Deed. I’ve heard from other condo owners that there seems to be a lack of interest in running for the…

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2021 August Q&A: How to Handle Proxy Ballots

Q. I am confused about proxy voting and would like to know the following:  Do proxy votes need to be in a sealed envelope and opened only during the meeting before all those present, or can they be opened and read before the meeting star…

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