Category: Q&A

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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Q&A Q&A: Adopting Legal Rental Requirements
2015 October Q&A: Adopting Legal Rental Requirements

Q I am the vice president of a condominium. In our documents, written in the early 1980s, there is a requirement that rental agreements can only have one lessee. One of our owners, who rents out her unit, is an out-of-state attorney an…

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Q&A Q&A: Removal of a Condo Trustee?
2015 September Q&A: Removal of a Condo Trustee?

Q Do the individual condo association board members and/or the president of the board of trustees have any legal rights in removing one of the directors? Do we as a condominium association have the legal right to remove a treasurer fro…

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Q&A Q&A: Seeking a Remedy for Arrears
2015 September Q&A: Seeking a Remedy for Arrears

Q One of the tenants in our small condo (it’s only six units) has been underpaying his monthly dues since August of 2012. The total amount he owes our building is just over $8,300. Two weeks before our annual unit owners meeting in Jun…

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Q&A Q&A: The Rule Makers
2015 August Q&A: The Rule Makers

Q What if any are the limits to what the board of trustees are required to do under Massachusetts General Statutes 183A? What happens if they overstep their bounds? — Unauthorized in Auburn A “The mandatory provisions a…

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Q&A Q&A: Accessing Financial Records
2015 August Q&A: Accessing Financial Records

Q I live in a condominium complex with 75 units. I have asked the board for a financial statement since I never received one. It is my understanding that under Massachusetts General Law 183A, the association or its management company i…

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Q&A Q&A: Null and Void
2015 July Q&A: Null and Void

Null and Void Q I am a unit owner in a condominium. According to the bylaws and rules of our condominium, the board of managers should consist of five members, but for the last five or more years, there have only been two people.…

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