Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Stained Relationships
2022 January Q&A: Stained Relationships

Q. I am a trustee at a 50-unit condominium association in Massachusetts and I have a question. There are two condominium owners involved. One owner lives above the other owner. The upstairs owner had a minor leak from a shower head. It c…

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Q&A Q&A: Is “Relatively” Qualified Good Enough?
2021 December Q&A: Is “Relatively” Qualified Good Enough?

Q. The person who serves as the “maintenance guy” for our association is the brother of one of the board members. We feel he is doing a lousy job and have complained numerous times, to no effect. He apparently does not have a written cont…

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Q&A Q&A: Handling Harassment
2021 November Q&A: Handling Harassment

Q. We are having a problem at our condominium, but I'm not sure whether board members — I'm kind of new at the post — should be taking action, or if there is even any action we can take. What can be done when the president of the condo bo…

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Q&A Q&A: Stepping Up to Serve
2021 October Q&A: Stepping Up to Serve

Q. Our small condo association is having a difficult time getting enough volunteers to satisfy the leadership requirements of our Master Deed. I’ve heard from other condo owners that there seems to be a lack of interest in running for the…

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Q&A Q&A: How to Handle Proxy Ballots
2021 August Q&A: How to Handle Proxy Ballots

Q. I am confused about proxy voting and would like to know the following:  Do proxy votes need to be in a sealed envelope and opened only during the meeting before all those present, or can they be opened and read before the meeting star…

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Q&A Q&A: When Is a Resignation a Resignation?
2021 July Q&A: When Is a Resignation a Resignation?

Q. If a member of the board submits his resignation, do the remaining board members have to vote and accept the resignation, or just have it signed and notarized by the resigning individual and then have it recorded at the Registry of Dee…

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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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