Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Which Law is the Right Law to Follow?
2021 June Q&A: Which Law is the Right Law to Follow?

Q. My condo was formed in 1974 under the old condo law, RSA 479. The new condo law, RSA 356, was passed in 1977. If we update our condo docs now, which law are we required to follow? Note we are exempted from 356 under paragraphs I, II, I…

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Q&A Q&A: Should “Volunteers” Be Compensated?
2021 May Q&A: Should “Volunteers” Be Compensated?

Q. I am living in a small complex in Massachusetts with 21 units. There are six residents serving on the board, and I have heard that they don’t pay the monthly maintenance fees. To me, this sounds like they are getting paid to do what I …

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Q&A Q&A: When is the Law Not the Law?
2021 April Q&A: When is the Law Not the Law?

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. “The Rhode Island Condo…

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Q&A Q&A: Campaigning or Coercion?
2021 April Q&A: Campaigning or Coercion?

Q. Can a current board member advertise his re-election, or go around knocking on each door and telling owners who to vote for? Is this legal?             —Feeling Pressured A. “The short answer to this question is: yes, it is leg…

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Q&A Q&A: Stretched Beyond Limits
2021 March Q&A: Stretched Beyond Limits

Q. My condo association has five board members. The term of service is three years, which is clearly stated in our governing docs. Our association was to have an election in November 2020, for three seats. Their three-year terms were endi…

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Q&A Q&A: This Is for the Birds…
2021 February Q&A: This Is for the Birds…

Q. I have lived in my condo for more than a decade, and every winter, I (and a couple of other owners) have fed the birds with no problems. Watching the birds has been a comfort to me, especially this year with so many other activities li…

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Q&A Q&A: Keeping Old Records
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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Q&A Q&A: Are Recordings Official Records?
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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Q&A Q&A: Curtailing Furry Friends
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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Q&A Q&A: Cannabis Quarrels
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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