Category: Q&A

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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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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