Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Owner Apathy
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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Q&A Q&A: Support Dog Creating Anxiety
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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Q&A Q&A: Show Us the Money
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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Q&A Q&A: No Escape from Smoke
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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Q&A Q&A: When a Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus
2020 March Q&A: When a Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus

 Q: What if a resident in our HOA tests positive for COVID-19?   A: According to Gary M. Daddario of Massachusetts and New Hampshire-based law firm Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, "In the event of a known infection on the property, the …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique and challenging situations to each of us. Our cooperative and condominium clients, and their managing agents, have been working diligently to keep pace as this crisis unfolds. First and foremost, we …

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Q&A Disease & Disclosure
Disease & Disclosure

Q. If a resident in our building tests positive for COVID-19, or is self-quarantined, should we tell the other residents and staff? A. According to Manhattan-based law firm Armstrong Teasdale, "Residents should be notified if the board or …

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Q&A Q&A: Are Volunteers the Answer?
2020 February Q&A: Are Volunteers the Answer?

Q. Our board president said that her husband was qualified to perform gutter and minor roof repairs at our community, and would do the work for free. He is not licensed or insured, yet the other board members agreed to use her husband to …

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Q&A Q&A: Dealing With A Difficult Board Member
2020 January Q&A: Dealing With A Difficult Board Member

Q. We have a board that just doesn’t get along. I am the board president, and one of the other board members is a big bully. It’s really hard to deal with him, and I hear from contractors that he is nasty. He wants to run it all. No matte…

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Q&A Q&A: Unresponsive Board
2019 December Q&A: Unresponsive Board

Q. Each month the board of directors holds a meeting to go over finances, work in progress and other subject matters. All members are invited to sit at these meetings. These meeting are held at a board member’s home. We are told to inform…

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