Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: To the Letter of the Bylaws
2023 October Q&A: To the Letter of the Bylaws

Q. Can a condo association that does not follow its bylaws as registered with the state of Rhode Island have the power to enforce its rules and regulations and fine a unit owner?                                  — Law-Abiding Owner A. …

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Q&A Q&A: Who’s Up Next?
2023 September Q&A: Who’s Up Next?

Q.   There is an election of a condo board and three people run for two open seats. After the election is over and the seats are filled, one of those new board members resigns. Does the third person who received some votes then fill that p…

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Q&A Q&A: Setting Limits
2023 September Q&A: Setting Limits

Q. Our condo association is over 20 years old, and I believe that at least one of the members has served on our five-person board for its entire existence! Two others have been around for a long time, too. The problem is, they don’t want …

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2023 August Q&A: Charging Ahead with EVs

Q.  There’s clearly a huge push coming for the transition to electric vehicles, and as a condominium owner, I am wondering what we’re likely to be facing if I buy an EV and, obviously, will need access to a charging station. Our property d…

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Q&A Q&A: Too Fast for Comfort
2023 July Q&A: Too Fast for Comfort

Q.   One owner in our condominium association constantly speeds through the complex. We have posted limits of 15 mph, but this person is consistently driving well beyond that. The board has fined him a couple of times for not abiding by th…

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2023 June Q&A: Accessibility Accommodations

Q. When my husband and I bought our townhouse-style condominium years ago, it seemed pretty accessible, even as we aged. Recently, however, my husband developed a medical problem that requires him to use a wheelchair, and it will be a lon…

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Q&A Q&A: Under-Age Residents
2023 May Q&A: Under-Age Residents

Q.   I live in an 18-unit, over-55 HOA community. As a board member, I have noticed two families allowing family members under the age of 55 (in their 30s) to live full-time with their parents. What is the best way to approach these famili…

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2023 April Q&A: Pet or No Pet?

Q. I’m the president of a condo association. At time of signing to purchase a unit, we have in our bylaws that only one dog no larger than 18 pounds is allowed. Now we have an owner that has two dogs that are barking, and everyone is comp…

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2023 March Q&A: Eviction from the Board?

Q. What does an association do when a board member who no longer has a vested interest in the community (having owned two condo units, but sold them both in the past two years) refuses to step down? Voting the individual off the board is …

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2023 February Q&A: Is That Vote Legal?

Q. I have a question about what constitutes a legal vote by the board. What I am seeing at meetings is that a member makes a motion, it is seconded, and then the president declares it passed. Shouldn’t there be an actual vote with a recor…

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