Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Who’s My Neighbor?
2024 July Q&A: Who’s My Neighbor?

Q.  I own a unit in a large (100+ units) condominium. I understand that the association is required to maintain a current roster of residents, both owners and renters. As an owner, do I have a right to access that list? What information am…

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Q&A Q&A: Regulating Risk
2024 June Q&A: Regulating Risk

Q. During the warmer months, owners in our condominium building have noticed a few e-bikes/scooters with lithium batteries around our community. At night these e- bikes/scooters seem to be housed in owners’ or renters’ dwellings. Based on…

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Q&A Q&A: Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign
2024 May Q&A: Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

Q. As election season approaches, I am anticipating—in light of the current divisive nature of our society—that we’re going to see some political battles arising in our condominium community. Over the past year or so, we’ve seen some resi…

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Q&A Q&A: Sound of Music
2024 April Q&A: Sound of Music

Q. I’ve lived in my Boston condo in a pre-war building for decades, but a problem has arisen. While the condo walls are well insulated against sound from adjacent units, the floor and subfloor, being constructed entirely of wood, barely p…

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Q&A Q&A: Common Area Clutter
2024 March Q&A: Common Area Clutter

Q. Certain owners in our building keep some of their personal belongings (i.e., bikes and tricycles, baby strollers, skates, tennis racquets, etc.) in the hallways next to their condo units. Sometimes we have to squeeze by all of their ha…

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Q&A Q&A: Private Eyes?
2024 March Q&A: Private Eyes?

Q. We live in a small condominium association, and like everyone these days, we’re concerned about rising costs, including our condo assessments. We believe that a couple of owners are delinquent, and that those non-payments will result i…

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2024 February Q&A: Who’s in Charge Here?

Q. I live in a gated community and the manager seems to be controlling the board rather than vice versa. She has filled vacant board seats without an election—some new residents don’t even know that we’re supposed to hold elections. The b…

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2024 January Q&A: Come Clean with Plans

Q. Our 12-unit association is self-managed. An owner installed a dishwasher without any written request for approval from the board. The board told her that we believed this was a violation, since all 12 units share one water tank and one…

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2023 December Q&A: Keeping Up with Rising Costs

Q. As we all know, the cost of everything, including services and materials related to maintaining an association property, has risen dramatically over the last couple of years. Clearly, our association budget and monthly fees should be s…

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2023 November Q&A: Election-Season Battles

Q.   We see how combative national, state, and even local elections can be, but they still feel tame compared to some of the elections we’ve had at our association. It seems every election is contentious, and sometimes they get downright n…

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