Category: Q&A

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2018 February 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 …

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2018 February Q&A: No Emotional Support for Neighbors

Q.   I live in a 40-unit condo building with a no-pets amendment dating back from 1980. A woman purchased a unit and has been seen with a dog, and the dog barks all the time. She signed all the disclosure forms stating “no pets, no renters…

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2018 January Q&A: To Bid or Not to Bid?

Q. At the most recent open board meeting, seven contracts were approved by the HOA board.  Some of the contracts were not put to competitive bid. The board indicated that these (including snow clearing) were “renewals,” and that the board…

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2017 December Q&A: Comfort Animal

Q.   I live in a 40-unit condo building, which has a no-pets amendment from 1980. A woman purchased a unit and has been seen with a dog, and the dog barks all the time. She signed all the disclosure forms stating ‘no pets, no renters,’ and…

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2017 November Q&A: Insurance for contractors

Q. My boyfriend lives in a condo. The association and management asked if he’d be interested in painting the interior hallways and decks. No ladders would be involved. His background is in roofing. Management said he needs proof of insura…

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2017 October Q&A: Can Board Members Be Removed?

Q. Our relatives, living in a townhouse complex in Massachusetts, have a concern. There were four members on their board, but recently, a fifth joined, clearly for his own self-interests and agenda. He is a lawyer who represents several …

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2017 September Q&A: Doing Double Duty

Q. We live in a small condo association, only 24 units. It’s a great place, and most of the owners have been here for many years. Needless to say, as people get older, and have been volunteering for various positions over the years, it’s …

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2017 September Q&A: Inspection Needed?

Q.  I live in a town house condo in Massachusetts and do not use my fireplace. Am I required to have it inspected every year?                       —Cost-Conscious Owner? A.  “There is no state statute or regulation which requires a un…

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2017 August Q&A: When Is the Law Not the Law?

Q. Can a condo association that does not follow its bylaws as registered with the state of Rhode Island have the power to enforce its rules and regulations and fine a unit owner?                            — Law-Abiding Owner A. “The …

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2017 August Q&A: Can Everyone Attend Meetings?

Q. Understanding that Massachusetts law enables all condo members to attend board meetings, my question is whether this also holds true if meetings are held in a board member's private residence. Are there any guidelines that differ betwe…

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