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Medical Marijuana and the Law 2015 June  

It’s well known that Massachusetts legalized the medical use of marijuana several years ago, but what exactly the move means for landlords and condominium associations remains largely an open question. In this column, I provide a brief sum…

Q&A: Voting by Proxy 2017 April  

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…

Q&A: Invasion of Privacy 2016 August  

Q. I own a unit and live in a medium-sized condominium in the Beacon Hill area. Recently, a few strangers have been found lurking the hallways of the building. One of my neighbors who lives across the hall from me is very nervous about th…

Transfer of Power 2015 January  

The condominium structure has been built, the infrastructure and amenities are in order, and unit owners are starting to buy – it’s transition time. And while it may seem inevitable that control of a condominium will somehow shift from a d…

The Rise of Airbnb 2016 May  

Instances of home-sharing have skyrocketed recently due to the rise of websites such as Airbnb.com.  For a small fee, these websites connect homeowners with people who want to find a place to stay for one night at a time. Homeowners rent th…

Q&A: Peeping Tom 2014 April  

I own a unit and live in a medium-sized condominium in the Boston area. Recently, a few strangers have been found lurking the hallways of the building. One of my neighbors who lives across the hall from me is very nervous about the possibil…

Converting Your Rental Income Property 2014 May  

A new generation of young professionals is looking for a means to enter the housing market. Condominiums are an attractive price point and form of ownership for such new generation. To meet this demand, owners of rental housing are, in inc…

Securing Your Building Exteriors 2015 November  

Exteriors of buildings aren’t always smooth brick walls. There are all sorts of indentations and protrusions, from terraces to stonework to cornices. There are also items that are not part of the building, but are affixed to it, like scaffo…

The Condo as a Legal Entity 2015 June  

Despite a long history and presence in cities and towns around the globe, condominiums are, too often, misunderstood by prospective buyers—which can translate to a source of conflict after buyers become owners. Regardless of its location a…

Valued Volunteers 2011 September  

 Living in a condominium community means working together. Cooperation and a  spirit of volunteerism are visible every day in community gatherings, board  meetings, even in the scheduling of time on the tennis courts. The men and  women wh…

Walking Away from Amenities 2015 May  

When buyers purchase condominium units, they also purchase access to the condo’s shared amenities. Depending on the scale and financial demographics of a building, those amenities can be substantial; during the real estate boom of the earl…

The Nuclear Option 2012 September  

 The great majority of co-op and condo residents pay their monthly maintenance  fees on time and in full with no problem. People do fall behind on payments  sometimes, of course — a temporary cash flow issue or other short-term financial h…

Upholding Your Fiduciary Duty 2015 October  

Being on the board of a co-op or condo is a big responsibility— one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. While some people may run for a board seat just to have the title, they need to be prepared to govern fairly and make decisions that are i…

State of Surveillance 2013 December  

There are many different factors that potential condominium owners contemplate when looking to buy a unit. Aesthetics, price, and location are important, for sure. But perhaps the most critical factor of all is the safety of the building a…

The New England Condo Expo 2015 June  

Once again this spring, the New England Condo Expo drew thousands of trustees, board members, managers and service providers from all over the New England region to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston for a full day of networking, edu…

When Residents Are Disruptive 2016 October  

Despite living in association, sometimes disputes erupt. Some residents just can’t be reasoned with. They’ll bother the board or other residents in various ways: noise at all hours, smells, maybe even just being a pest. No matter what it is…

Surveillance and the Law 2016 December  

Secure.  The word has many meanings.  According to Google definitions it can mean “to fix or attach something to something else.  It can mean to protect against threats or make safe.  Or it can mean to feel free from fear or anxiety.”  Perh…

Condo Inspections 2015 December  

Condominium associations, whether housed in a single building or in a sprawling development, provide a reliably cozy and comfortable community in which to live. But this comfort requires vigilance on the part of both board and management to…

Resident Rights 2017 June  

To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, all men and women are created equal with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  That may not be the case if you live in a condominium, co-op, or HOA…

Board Transparency 2017 October  

Community living – the very basis of co-op, condo and HOA life—is based on the idea of trust. In a community of potentially hundreds or thousands of residents, every resident can’t be involved in the making of every decision. Too many cooks…