Category: Q&A

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2015 May Q&A: Withholding HOA Fees?

I live in a condominium I have brought several issues to the management and board’s attention for the past three years, and spent two years on the board before removing myself due to the frustration of dealing with our management company. T…

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2015 May Q&A: No Happy Returns

Q We are a 56-unit condominium. Our bylaws require that end-of-year excess funds be returned to unit owners, either in a lump sum or credited to monthly installments until exhausted. Bylaws define excess funds as net excess of income over…

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2015 April Q&A: Error of Omission?

Q Our association recently had to replace a pool safety cover. It was 14 years old and just could not be patched anymore. We got quotes for the cover and selected a vendor. Thinking this replacement would be funded from the reserve funds,…

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2015 March Q&A: Maintaining a Vacant Unit

My question is as follows: What happens if the HOA has title to a unit and a bank holds the mortgage but takes it back from the HOA, is the bank responsible for all expenses? (Expenses, such as maintenance, tax, water and electric, etc.). T…

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2015 March Q&A: Notification of Rules Violations

Q In this day and age, must notices of rule violations be sent by certified mail? Can they be sent via priority/tracking mail? Via email? Must complaints by others to a rules committee always be placed on a standardized form, or can they …

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2015 February Q&A: Pet-Free Living?

Q My condominium does not allow any animals, as spelled out in the condominium rules and regulations. This was one of the reasons I purchased in this building. With no regard to the rules, several owners snuck in cats for pets. Our proper…

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2015 January Q&A: Can Non-Homeowners Serve?

Q I am the vice president of a small condo community and we are trying to find out if non-homeowners can serve on the board. Several of the homeowners would like renters to have a proxy vote. However, being a proxy and voting for an absen…

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2014 December Q&A: Dealing with Delinquencies

Q What do you do to owners who are in arrears? This question highlights many of the issues facing associations when a delinquency continues for significant period of time. It is a particularly frustrating experience to have an owner in re…

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2014 October Q&A: Dealing with a Damaged Walkway

After this winter, a concrete walkway in our condo property was completely ruined. Several unit owners contend the property manager used rock salt instead of the usual calcium chloride. If we can establish that rock salt was indeed used as …

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2014 October Q&A: Finding the Leak?

Q I am the president of a condominium association, and we are very certain that a tenant is maliciously running up the water bills. The problem is that we don’t have definitive proof. Our water bills have gone up from about $2,000 a quart…

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