Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Making an Assessment
2016 June Q&A: Making an Assessment

Q. I’m trying to get information on or determine what specifically a board cannot assess owners for. Our bylaws are extremely clear on what we can assess for—largely major improvements for the building. However, what can’t or shouldn’t the…

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Q&A Q&A: Delinquent Owner's Rights
2016 June Q&A: Delinquent Owner's Rights

Q.   I am the president of an association in Massachusetts. We have been under the impression that if an owner is delinquent in paying a monthly fee that an automatic lien is created on the property, thus preventing such owner from voting…

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Q&A Q&A: I Can’t Hear You
2016 May Q&A: I Can’t Hear You

Q. Our downstairs neighbor’s children always have the TV turned to an extremely loud volume. Our condominium building is older without a lot of soundproofing, and literally, everything can be heard from below. We have tried a number of ti…

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Q&A Q&A: Leaky Roof Repairs? Who Pays?
2016 April Q&A: Leaky Roof Repairs? Who Pays?

Q. I am the owner of an apartment unit in an eight-unit condo. The board of trustees consists of all eight unit owners, of which there are four officers seated on the board. My condo unit happens to be on the top floor, and over the past …

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Q&A Q&A: What's That Smell?
2016 March Q&A: What's That Smell?

Q. One of our condo owners has a large family and many guests. They do an intense amount of cooking. The pungent smells from this cooking, invoke a lot of heavy spices and oils. Unfortunately, these spicy smells are not contained within t…

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Q&A Q&A: Private Parking Problem?
2016 February Q&A: Private Parking Problem?

Q. In our parking garage we have access to a bike storage room and an outside bike rack that is next to a resident's handicapped parking spot. Right now the only way to get to the bikes is to "trespass" over the parking spot. Our concern …

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Q&A Q&A: Doggie Doo
2016 January Q&A: Doggie Doo

Q.  A few years back, the prior board passed a motion to charge all future unit owners with dogs a $50 fee per month because of an existing dog that would occasionally defecate in the building. There was no analysis conducted to determine …

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Q&A Q&A: Fixing a Mold Problem
2016 January Q&A: Fixing a Mold Problem

Q. I own a condo unit in Massachusetts. I have a persistent mold problem, stemming from water damage coming in through the outside bricks. I hired a mold assessment company and they took air and material samples. It was determined that th…

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Q&A Q&A: Snowman's Land
2015 December Q&A: Snowman's Land

Q. In a situation wherein a person refuses to pay maintenance fees, what can be done? Every time we ask whether we can cut off snow removal from the person's driveway, we are told that it could be considered a "gray area." What if the per…

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Q&A Q&A: These Kids are …Not Alright?
2015 November Q&A: These Kids are …Not Alright?

Q. I’m sure this is a problem in many condominium communities. It’s the age-old dispute of noisy neighbors and how to get a satisfactory resolution. By way of background, I live in a three-floor, four-room, 30-unit condominium. The commun…

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