Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Common Spaces Subject to Maintenance Increases
2015 June Q&A: Common Spaces Subject to Maintenance Increases

Q My question relates to maintenance increases for common spaces. For example, my condo board has notified all the owners that there is going to be a maintenance increase this year after a five-year assessment. So, if an owner has seve…

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Q&A Q&A: Hey, Wait a Minute
2015 June Q&A: Hey, Wait a Minute

Q Our management posts the minutes of its last board meeting on a website that unit owners can access, but they're often released several months after the meeting took place, and sometimes after the subsequent meeting has already happe…

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Q&A Q&A: Reservations Required
2015 June Q&A: Reservations Required

Q I seek your assistance with understanding a regulation recently implemented by the Board of Trustees at the Esplanade in Hudson, MA, where my husband and I reside. Specifically, the Board of Trustees is requiring that unit owners pro…

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Q&A Q&A: Withholding HOA Fees?
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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Q&A Q&A: No Happy Returns
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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Q&A Q&A: Error of Omission?
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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Q&A Q&A: Maintaining a Vacant Unit
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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Q&A Q&A: Notification of Rules Violations
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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Q&A Q&A: Pet-Free Living?
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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Q&A Q&A: Can Non-Homeowners Serve?
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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