Category: Q&A

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2019 October Q&A: Can a Board Fine for a Free Service?

Q. I own a condo. My building has charged me a fee of $300 and I don't think it is fair. A friend visited me in my apartment a month ago. She was cooking a meal and inadvertently left one of the burners slightly on without a flame. A neig…

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2019 September Q&A: When the Board Changes the Meeting Time

Q. Most of the members of our condo board are retired, and recently voted to hold board meetings at 1 p.m. instead of our traditional 7 p.m. because afternoons are convenient for them.  The other two board members — and the majority of un…

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2019 September Q&A: Kept in the Dark

Q. Our association recently hired a new management company, and an announcement was sent to the homeowners announcing the change. A new board initiated this action with no input from homeowners and no discussion. I have specifically reque…

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2019 August Q&A: Maintenance Increases and Common Spaces

Q. My condo board notified us that we will be subjected to a maintenance increase for this year after a five-year assessment. What if, say, an owner has several combined units and utilizes the common hallway for personal us? Will the hall…

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2019 August Q&A: Communicating With the Board

Q. The way our trustees operate seems a little unusual to me. They won’t allow us condo owners to speak or communicate with them or the accountants directly unless it’s through an employee of the trust. Additionally, there is an escrow ac…

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2019 August Q&A: When a Neighbor Has an Emotional Support Animal

Q. Our condo building has a no-pets amendment for nearly 40 years. So when a new owner joins our community, he or she is supposed to sign disclosure forms that indicate “no pets, no renters.” However, a new owner has been seen with a dog …

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2019 July Q&A: I Want the Noise to Stop!

Q.   I have written several complaint letters to the board and the manager regarding a noisy neighbor. They did send a letter to the homeowner about a year ago, but the problem persists. Although I continue to write letters, nothing is bei…

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2019 June Q&A: Are We Grandfathered?

Q. The New Hampshire condo community I live in was established in 1974 and the Declaration cites in part: “Condominium use and ownership in accordance with the provisions of the New Hampshire Unit Ownership of Real Property Act (Chapter 4…

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2019 June Q&A: Peaceful Pool Time?

Q. We are retired, and chose to live in a 55+ community geared to an active-adult lifestyle. But summer is coming, and we’re concerned about the swimming pool stress we encountered last year. There is a sign posted at the pool that prohib…

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2019 May Q&A: Questioning Quorums

Q. When we had our annual owners’ meeting in November, there was one trustee position up for election and one candidate for the position.  I have asked the trustees and property manager to confirm the percentage of beneficial interest rep…

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