Category: Q&A

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2017 September Q&A: Inspection Needed?

Q.  I live in a town house condo in Massachusetts and do not use my fireplace. Am I required to have it inspected every year?                       —Cost-Conscious Owner? A.  “There is no state statute or regulation which requires a un…

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2017 August 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 …

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2017 August Q&A: Can Everyone Attend Meetings?

Q. Understanding that Massachusetts law enables all condo members to attend board meetings, my question is whether this also holds true if meetings are held in a board member's private residence. Are there any guidelines that differ betwe…

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2017 July Q&A: Identifying Sex Offenders

Q. I was recently made aware that a sex offender moved into my condominium building.  He moved into his girlfriend’s unit. I made the board aware of this and even gave them a printout from the sex offender registry. We have a lot of child…

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2017 June Q&A: Does Manager’s Duty Extend to Tenants?

Q. Our property manager feels she should treat tenants and owners equally. As trustee, I feel that the property manager's duty is first to the owners who reside here, and then to rental tenants.  For instance, if there’s a noise issue be…

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2017 April Q&A: Voting by Proxy

Q. For the annual meeting, there are seven people running for five positions. The management company sent a proxy to all owners and requested that it either be mailed to them or dropped in the mailbox in the building lobby. This mailbox i…

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2017 April Q&A: Why Can’t We Use Clotheslines?

Q. With the arrival of nice weather, we would like to save energy and practice a “greener” lifestyle by hanging our laundry outside. There is no formal line-drying area at our townhome community, so we asked about installing a line on our…

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2017 April Q&A: Is the Board Limited to Owners?

Q. We live in a fairly large condominium building, and, of course, don’t know all of our neighbors. We recently learned that one of the newly-elected members of our association board is a resident, but not actually a unit owner. Is this a…

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2017 March Q&A: When a Board Comes Under Attack

Q. I serve on the five-member board of a wonderful 10-year-old condominium community of single-level duplexes and triplexes. Our board members, one of whom served on a previous “do-nothing” board, generally get along well. However, anothe…

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