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2021 January Q&A: Keeping Old Records

Q. I was a condominium board member of a 60-unit condominium association for four years.  During that time, I kept copies of everything regarding incidents, meeting minutes, emails, anything that I submitted, contracts that I worked on, …

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2020 December Q&A: Are Recordings Official Records?

Q. Is an association required to maintain a recording of a meeting as an official record?                  — Confused Board Member A. “One way in which the COVID-19 pandemic has affected associations is that in most cases it has made …

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2020 November Q&A: Curtailing Furry Friends

Q. I am a member of the board at an 84-unit condo development.  One of our biggest complaints is the issue of dogs and where they defecate. Everyone in the community seems to think that their dog is special and does not have to use the de…

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2020 October Q&A: Cannabis Quarrels

Q.   I own a condo in a nice community, but I plan to move next spring because I can’t deal with this situation. The unit below mine is owned by a young woman who often smokes cannabis with her boyfriend. She says she has proof that she is…

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2020 September Q&A: Landscaping Leaves a Lot to be Desired

Q. I pay HOA fees for landscaping. Not all areas of the development are the same—some streets just have ornamental trees and a minimal amount of leaves falling. My block is swamped with leaves on the ground that begin falling in September…

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2020 August Q&A: Dealing With Antisocial Society Messaging

Q. Some of the homeowners in our association participate in discussions on a “neighborhood” social media site that is not controlled by our association. Most of the posts I’ve seen are friendly, but of course there’s a fair number that ar…

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2020 July Q&A: Owner Apathy

Q. My Connecticut condo has been run into the ground by a very poor property management group, and the condo board ‘president’ is more interested in calling himself president than in doing the duties of the position. Everything has had to…

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2020 June Q&A: Support Dog Creating Anxiety

Q. My condo has had a no-pet amendment for decades. A woman recently purchased a unit and has a dog that barks constantly. She signed all the disclosure forms stating we don’t allow pets, but has given the board a note from a nurse practi…

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2020 May Q&A: Show Us the Money

Q. What can be done if a unit owner who has not paid maintenance fees for a year — and now owes the association thousands of dollars — has declared bankruptcy? How does the association get its money?                                  —Con…

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2020 April Q&A: No Escape from Smoke

Q. We live in a 60-unit condominium in Massachusetts and share a common balcony with our next-door neighbors, divided by just a short railing. I have a sensitivity to cigarette smoke, and I don’t think it’s fair that the building allows s…

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