Bob Gourley's Blog

Founder at MyEZCondo

October 7, 2017

When Do Monthly Condo Common Fees Begin?
G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Good Day, Mister Condo! Do I need to pay monthly dues even if I sign the certificate of acceptance but have complained (fixture of toilet bowl is not working)? I don’t have a key yet but I have signed an agreement. What will I do? Mister... Read More



October 6, 2017

Who Sets the Condo’s Percentage of Rental Units?
J.H. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Supposedly, the percentage of renters in a Connecticut condo association has been changed to allow up to 50% of the units to be rented. If this is correct, where can I find a copy of the law, and who sponsored it? The more renters allowed will... Read More



October 5, 2017

Condo Vendors Work for the Board; Not the Unit Owners!
L.K. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, A company was hired by the Board to do an assessment of the complex and provide a report to the board in order to get a loan. I called the person who did the report to ask some questions and he said he had been instructed …... Read More



October 4, 2017

Florida Condo President Facing Multiple Challenges
R.H. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, My 24-unit condo by laws say that an audit must be conducted once a year. Florida statutes say every 3 years. In addition, the property manager pushed through a specific contractor and that was 3 times the price but the other directors back her up. I am... Read More



October 2, 2017

Hoarder Refusing Unit Access Adds to Hurricane Irma Damage
E.E. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, We just suffered flooding due to Hurricane Irma in 3 of our 6 townhome buildings. The building where we are having an issue has 6 units adjoined by a 2-hour firewall. We have 1 unit owner is a hoarder – very bad, almost no walkpath. The unit... Read More



September 30, 2017

Condo Audit Requirement Law
A.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are there any CT states law that require audits be performed on Condominiums? Mister Condo replies: A.B., in Connecticut, I am aware of no such law. Some states, like New Jersey, do require audits at certain intervals as a matter of law. It... Read More



September 29, 2017

Condo Meeting Notice Delivery Requirements
V.A. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the law on providing meeting notices to unit owners-re Websites-e-mail, Blogs or Notice boards at the Condominium? Mister Condo replies: V.A., there isn’t one specific law about how an association provides or serves notice of meetings... Read More



September 28, 2017

Delinquency Usually Leads to Collection Action by the Condo Association
R.A. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I was previously 3 months delinquent on my common charges with no assessments and the condo association attorneys told me that I had to pay a total of $2000 dollars in order not to go into foreclosure. It seems to me that I am being extorted for... Read More



September 27, 2017

Condominiums, Security, and Online Deliveries
J.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m actually a Property Manager looking for some creative ideas. Running into a growing issue of granting building access for home deliveries. With the rapid increase of online shopping and Amazon’s move to sub-contracting delivery... Read More



September 26, 2017

Condo Executive Board Deferring Common Fees as Payment for Service!
B.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo,   Our Executive Board of 5 members has about 80% of their monthly HOA fees deferred as compensation for their time spent working on Association issues. Their contention is that 1099’s need not be issued because the Association... Read More



September 23, 2017

Questionable Dialogue Deleted from Condo Association Board Meeting Recording
J.J. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I serve on the Board of Directors as Vice President of a Florida condominium. Recently, the Secretary of the Board relayed via email that she had deliberately removed from tape dialogue between the President and Property Manager during a board meeting.... Read More



September 22, 2017

Difference Between Condo Committee Member Versus Board Member
C.C. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, If I am on a committee (not board member) in my condo, am I allowed to solicit a rule that our committee may want to change? Should a particular change of a rule (not statute) go for board approval, then said board approves rule change, then it goes out... Read More



September 21, 2017

Condo Board Weighs in on Allowing Double Parking for Motorcycles and Cars in One Space
J.S. from Chicago writes: Dear Mister Condo, I was recently elected to my HOA board. Some residents have been inquiring about a rule that we have (in our rules and regulations) regarding parking motorcycles/Vespas in a parking spot WITH a car. So long as they fit within the lines and do not cause... Read More



September 20, 2017

Condo Owner Seeks Access to Reserve Study
G.H. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is the most recent Reserve Study that the BOD uses to determine owner’s monthly contribution to the HOA reserve fund one of the business documents that any owner has the right to review and/or have a copy of? Mister Condo replies: G.H., as a... Read More



September 19, 2017

Condo Developer Transition Turmoil
S.C. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Board does nothing. No communication, they don’t respond to our questions very well, they are not transparent when they communicate among each other (which is not too often) and my biggest beef, they refuse to fix our crumbling... Read More



September 16, 2017

Condo Reserve Study Reveals Major Shortage
B.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our new condo management company did a projection study. Unit owners received a letter stating that each unit will be assessed $50,000 payable over a 30-year period unless we vote to take over inside and outside of our units. Is this... Read More



September 15, 2017

HOA Bills Unit Owner for Repair Team’s Lack of Unit Access
J.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The unit above me leaked into my garage. The owner happens to be on the Board of Directors. He is having the HOA pay for it. Now, I got a bill from HOA that my tenant was not home for them to do the work. Mister Condo …... Read More



September 14, 2017

Complacent Condo Owners Liable for Board’s Poor Performance
F.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I joined the board a year ago. The other board members are there for decades, not by vote but because we never reached the minimum quorum to carry out an election. After investigation, I found several flubs in the past decisions that led... Read More



September 13, 2017

Exterior Rot on Condo Leads to Interior Water Intrusion
R.S. from Missouri writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a condo unit owner for 13 years. I recently experienced my third interior damage leak from rotted siding and decades old flashing. Would the HOA be responsible for the cost of these repairs? My monthly common includes maintenance of the exterior of... Read More



September 12, 2017

Costly Condo Leasing Restrictions
R.F. from Texas writes: Dear Mister Condo, Years ago (before I bought my condo in Texas) the HOA passed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and made it mandatory that all rentals go through their onsite management. If I rent my unit out on my own I must pay the full 40% fees + a penalty. …... Read More



September 9, 2017

When Does Delinquency in Condo Common Fees Cause Collections?
A.V. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How many months of condo fees do I need to be behind before being sent to attorneys for collection? Mister Condo replies: A.V., I am sorry you have to ask such a question. I hope your financial situation improves and you get caught up on your... Read More



September 8, 2017

55+ Condo Reluctant to Allow Young Family Member Residence
C.D. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo I own for 55+. Recently, my six-year-old granddaughter was removed from her parents by CPS and placed with me do I have to move? Mister Condo replies: C.D., I am sorry that your granddaughter was removed from her parents’ custody. She... Read More



September 7, 2017

If the Condo Keeps Doing What It Has Always Done…
K.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are fairly new to our three-unit condo community. Two of the units, the ones where the Secretary and the Treasurer reside, are reasonable and interested in a positive and well-governed board with productive meetings. The other unit, in which... Read More



September 6, 2017

Can Non-Resident Unit Owner Serve on Condo Board?
L.M. from Pennsylvania writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our development has been condos since 1985 and this issue has never arisen before. Can a non-resident owner be on the Executive Board, and now that the issue has arisen, can the board discuss and adopt and vote on a resolution to clarify that a... Read More



September 2, 2017

Condo Board Should Perform Property Manager Review
J.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am new to our condominium board. The previous board never reviewed our property management company. I would like to do that on an annual basis – to assess their work and performance for the year. Do you have any suggestions as to how to... Read More



September 1, 2017

What’s the Law on Allowing Solar Panels in the HOA?
R.G. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are there any laws regarding solar panels in CT regarding HOA from not allowing installation of same? Mister Condo replies: R.G., there are no laws in Connecticut that require an HOA to allow solar panels. Generally speaking, HOAs are autonomous... Read More



August 31, 2017

Condo Let Lapse FHA and VA Certification
C.W. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our complex has always maintained FHA/VA certification. This certification certainly can be viewed as either a positive or negative by some. As I understand it, last fall the government separated the two, requiring two separate certifications.... Read More



August 30, 2017

Condo Insurance Payment Made to Unit Owner for Building Damage
S.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, There was damage to the outside of our building. Insurance check was made payable in the name of a condo owner, who is the brother of president of condo association, in the amount of $6,000.00. I could not get an answer from either party... Read More



August 29, 2017

Lack of Certificate Prevents Condo From Closing
J.V. from Manhattan, NY writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo is in contract small 4-unit Brownstone in Manhattan. We are all on the Board, one man is the president that we all elected solely based on gender. Had I known that he was a very difficult person I never would have agreed. My issue is our... Read More



August 26, 2017

Naked Man on the Loose in Condo Hallways!
J.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, There is a man nude using our common area bathroom. Our video tape shows him walking down our hallway nude. We know he lives here as a roommate to one of our owners. What can we do to stop this behavior? Is that indecent exposure? Mister... Read More



August 25, 2017

Does Condo Support Animal Count as a Pet?
W.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am the President of our condo association. Our condo rules allow two pets under a certain weight limit. We have a person that presented a certificate stating their dog (overweight) is a support animal due to her husband’s... Read More



August 24, 2017

Providing a Copy of Condo Lease Agreement is S.O.P.
G.D. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, My question is “Are we, as owners, required to give a copy of our lease agreement with a tenant and her Social Services information to the board?” It’s not a co-op. We own our unit and I feel her information is not their business. Am I... Read More



August 23, 2017

Mentally Challenged Condo Owner Challenging Entire Community
A.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, About 1.5 years ago, a husband and wife moved into our 16-unit condominium. It was clear from the outset that there was something off with the husband. He looked disheveled, didn’t acknowledge people and walked around in a daze.... Read More



August 22, 2017

Last Resort at a Resort Condo
M.M. from Texas writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a resort condo in Texas. About 5 months ago board hired managers. The GM quit for some unknown reason after some questions a few of us asked. Now, the president of HOA has given the job to someone seemingly to be unqualified. A former member... Read More



August 19, 2017

HOA Seeking Additional Assessment from Former Owner
P.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can an HOA increase assessment amount 8 months after I sold condo and deed changed hands? The management co. made an error in what they call the “estimate” of their closing figures which were baked into the sale amount (buyer... Read More



August 18, 2017

Condo Price Rebound After Settled Lawsuit
J.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo dropped significantly in value just like every other condo community around us when the economy collapsed in 2008. In the meantime, our HOA began a litigation against the builder. This meant that when prices of other communities... Read More



August 17, 2017

Condo Owner’s Cat Roams Freely on Common Grounds
L.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo association. I have a cat that goes outside. One day my cat killed a bird and one of the neighbors in the condo association came to me and was very upset about it, asking if I could rehome my pet, which …... Read More



August 16, 2017

Condo Changes Rules on Motorcycle Parking
D.B. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Rule change. Old rule 2 car limit with parking pass/sticker. Could also have motorcycle in your designated parking space or designated motorcycle area and not considered 3rd vehicle. No parking sticker needed. Plenty of guest spots to park. New rule says... Read More



August 15, 2017

Does Condo’s Two Car Parking Limit Extend to Handicapped?
A.D. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi. I live in a condominium complex that has several handicapped parking spots. Our board of directors recently enacted a two car per unit parking limitation. I am disabled and use one of our handicapped parking spots with a valid placard. Can... Read More



August 12, 2017

Who Pays for New Condo Screen Doors?
J.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am part of a three-unit condo association. The association is looking to purchase screen doors for all three units. One of the units has one door and the other two unit have two doors so we would purchase a total of 5 doors. We plan... Read More



August 11, 2017

Amended Condo Deed Trumps Board’s Forgetfulness
K.F. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m a New Jersey Real Estate salesperson representing a seller of a Penthouse unit in a 5 story walk up in a 6-unit Condo. When my client purchased her unit in 2009 she was also given an amended deed that included the exclusive right to build an... Read More



August 10, 2017

Condo Speed Bumps Needed for Pedestrian Safety
L.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo board refuses to put in speed bumps to regulate traffic speeds through the townhome complex. Instead, they put up signs saying “slow down, we love our pets and children”. This reactive approach scares a lot of us... Read More



August 9, 2017

Former Condo Board Member Maligned by Fellow Board Member
T.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I was on a condominium board for several years, sometimes having to do two positions. At one point, I was the President and Treasurer. My question is that I wasn’t very good at keeping receipts. I would occasionally give them to the... Read More



August 8, 2017

Mishandled Condo Elevator Maintenance Contracts Causes Special Assessment
M.C. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in Florida, so I will take your advice in good faith, but: we are being charged a special assessment of almost $2000 to repair the elevators of the condo complex. Normally I would have no complaint, but the reason the Special Assessment has become... Read More



August 5, 2017

Condo Reserve Fund and Operational Fund Should Not Be Same Account
E.B. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can you refer me to a good article I can share with the board relating to using Reserve Funds and Operational Funds? I have some board members thinking it is one big pot of money! I would like to show them an explanation. Mister Condo replies:... Read More



August 4, 2017

Condo Management Company Influencing Board and Unit Owners
L.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a management company interfere with the board? Specifically, by asking to have a member resign or complain to only a few of the 5-member board about another member? And allow statements to be used and passed to unit owners in an effort to get... Read More



August 3, 2017

Condo Sale Hampered by Board President
J.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently entered a contract to sell my condo. After a week of being under contract, the president of the board has mentioned something about blocking my sale due to my partially finished basement. The basement was finished much like... Read More



August 2, 2017

Can the Condo Prohibit a Washing Machine Installation?
J.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I want to add a small washing machine and electric dryer to my unit to help with resale value and also to help as the community laundry room is sub-par, ruins my clothes and is very expensive. I don’t see anything in our bylaws that... Read More



August 1, 2017

Who Replaces the Resigned Condo Board President?
R.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, When the association President resigns, does the VP take over, at least until another board member is selected? are there any formal steps that have to be taken to replace the board member? I know that the final vote is determined by the... Read More



July 29, 2017

Little Pink Condos for You and Me!
S.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I bought my condo about five years ago and since then they’ve decided to renovate it. I didn’t find out about the plans until the last annual meeting when the paint colors and all the details were rolled out. The condo board... Read More



July 28, 2017

Deeded Condo Parking Swap Sought
M.C. from San Diego, CA writes: Dear Mister Condo, How do we change our parking deed with our neighbor? We live in a high-rise condo complex in San Diego, CA with assigned underground parking. Thank You. Mister Condo replies: M.C., deeded parking, as its name implies, is linked directly to the deed... Read More



July 27, 2017

Condo Water Submetering Does Not Guarantee Lower Common Fees
M.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo fee includes water. The Association wants to install individual water meters for us to pay for our own water but does not want to reduce our condo fee. Shouldn’t that percentage of the condo fee come back to us now that we... Read More



July 26, 2017

Condo Has to Purchase its Own Clubhouse!
L.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When many of the first purchasers bought from the condo developer they were told that one condo unit on the first floor would be the owners’ clubhouse/fitness center. At some point (I’m unsure of when since I’m a new... Read More



July 25, 2017

Is Condo Board Responsible to Provide Onsite Parking?
S.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are condominium boards required to provide on-site parking for residents or renters? Mister Condo replies: S.K., no, on-site parking is a function of use of the common areas, which are under the control of the Board as they have been... Read More



July 22, 2017

Small Condo Governance Issues
R.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a three-unit condo. One unit is held in a Trust and the President resides in this unit along with his adult son. Our governing documents dictate that one person from each unit is the “director” and is allowed one vote. My... Read More



July 21, 2017

Condo “Marketing Fee” Forces Unit Owners to Use Condo’s Designated Realtor
S.Y. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo board discriminates against unit owners who want to list their unit for sale outside the condo realtor. If you list with the condo’s realtor, the realtors commission of 6% is paid from the condo’s 10% “marketing... Read More



July 20, 2017

How To Enforce Condo Building Renovation Requirements
S.O. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When a new owner renovates – without any discussion with the board/management and does things that should not have been done – what can board do? Can they make them halt, and make them put it back to the way it was, and if so... Read More



July 19, 2017

Condo Sump Pump Requirement
D.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is each condo legally required to have its own sump pump? We are a 2-unit condo and there is only 1 sump pump for the 2 units. If the sump pump fails/backs up is each unit both liable or just the unit that has the sump …... Read More



July 18, 2017

Late Fees on Condo Special Assessment
R.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can late fees be charged on special assessments if the condo documents allow late fees on assessments but do not specifically state late fees are allowed on “special assessments”? Are “special assessment” just... Read More



July 15, 2017

Condo Reverse Mortgage Woes
R.H. from Wisconsin writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am president of a condo association. Currently we have 11 existing buildings that are occupied (2 units per building). There still are 7 more buildings that will be built in the coming years. We basically have 58% of the project built and completed.... Read More



July 14, 2017

Ownership of Burst Condo Water Line Questioned
T.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, If a hot water line bursts in an outside wall who is responsible, the unit owner or the board? Also, the line was not where the Board said it was. Our kitchen sits above our neighbor’s garage. The board said both hot and cold lines are... Read More



July 13, 2017

Handicapped Condo Owner Forced to Park Two Blocks from Building
T.B. from Illinois writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a disabled person and I own a condo in Cook County, IL There is never any parking and I have to walk two blocks to get to the front door of my building. Is it possible to get an assigned handicap parking spot? If so, what …... Read More



July 12, 2017

Condo Parking and the ADA
G.S. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I rent a unit in condo in MA and the question is the following: I believe that one of the handicapped parking spaces in the condominium is “unlawful” since it’s been created overnight by just putting a tab with the handicapped... Read More



July 11, 2017

Condo Board Liability for Underfunding the Reserve Fund
G.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What are the recommended best practices for boards to abide by when deciding whether, or not, to adjust annual Reserve Fund contributions to take inflation and interest on reserves into account? Is there any liability assumed by a Board if... Read More



July 8, 2017

Change Needed in Condo Leadership
C.C. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do you know of any condominium law in the state of NJ that would limit a single person holding the same position on the board as president for many, many years? The power is being monopolized and we need a change!! Mister Condo replies: C.C., the... Read More



July 7, 2017

Who Pays for New HOA Parking Area?
R.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have three towers in our development with three separate HOA’s. However, there are some common items shared such as parking and entry gates. Have you ever determined what causes most parking problems? Number of condos/owners?... Read More



July 6, 2017

Small Condo Board Can’t Get Along!
R.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The President of our 3-unit condo would like to go virtual! He no longer wants to have regular meetings and would like to do everything completely by email, with a 24-hour period for responses. Although he claims it is because of lack of... Read More



July 4, 2017

Condo Bylaws Call for All Cars to be in “Good Working Order” but According to Who?
J.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo and two deeded outdoor parking spots. My car was in an accident and the condo board is telling me I’m not allowed parking my car in my own spot because it is not in good working condition. Apparently, this is in the... Read More



July 1, 2017

Condo Maintenance Standards vs. By-Laws
J.J. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have heard that maintenance standards overrides the bylaws. If so, what is stopping associations from just putting in what they want rather than changing the bylaws, which is very costly? Mister Condo replies: J.J., maintenance standards are... Read More



June 30, 2017

Do All Buildings in a Condo Have to Match?
M.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are replacing siding, roofs and doing repairs to buildings with structural problems in our condo. In our association, we have condos that face a busy street and others that face a forested area. We all have walls on our deck that will... Read More



June 29, 2017

Condo Cleaning Contractor Petitions Unit Owners
B.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello Mister Condo! Our Condo Board has a service contract with a cleaning contractor to provide cleaning services for our condo properties. The service contract has been uncontested for 15 years. One full-time on-site contract employee... Read More



June 28, 2017

No Common Fees Collected on Condo Unit for Six Years!
J.D. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, In New York, is there a statute of limitations applicable to a condominium where the entity claiming to be the holdover of the mortgage note has three times, without success, sought to hold a public sale? Now, more than six years have passed since the... Read More



June 27, 2017

Delinquent in Assessments But Still on the Condo Board
M.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can members be on the Board who are delinquent in common charges or are in foreclosure? Mister Condo replies: M.K., unless the community association governance documents state otherwise, the answer is “yes”. However, unless there are no... Read More



June 24, 2017

Required Condo Reserve Study in Ohio?
R.D. from Ohio writes: Dear Mister Condo,   In Ohio, can a condo owner act as Associate Treasurer and must there be a Reserve Study of the Association Made?   Mister Condo replies: R.D., I am not an attorney so I cannot speak to specific laws in your state. You can see a graph prepared... Read More



June 23, 2017

Condo Deck Spalling Project Creates Additional Unit Owner Expense
M.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If the condo HOA has contracted with a firm, using funds from an assessment, to do spalling on your deck, is the condo owner responsible for paying for tile removal and replacement and also a sliding glass door replacement they say needs... Read More



June 22, 2017

Condo Insurance Check Issued to Unit Owner for Building Damage
S.F. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Insurance check for house damage was made payable to a condo owner, who is the brother of the president of the condo association. Why did the insurance company allow this? Check amount was substantial, for several thousand dollars. Mister Condo... Read More



June 21, 2017

Noisy Condo Neighbor Ruining Renter’s Peace and Quiet
P.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am dealing with a neighbor at condo. I am a renter; she is not. She is loud and noise every night until at least 1:00 a.m. The owner I’m renting from is lazy. I can’t wait until May to leave next year. I tried talking …... Read More



June 20, 2017

Informing the State of Newly Elected Board Members
C.W. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I need the form to inform the State of Florida of the newly elected board members. I cannot find it.  Can you help? Very important. Thank you! Mister Condo replies: C.W., I am not aware of a requirement of keeping the state informed of the Officers and... Read More



June 17, 2017

Condo Employees Harass Condo Resident
D.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’ve been harassed, insulted for no reason at all, and put in a false light by the employees of my condominium. It all started when I reported to management an incident with an abusive contractor that works for the building. He had... Read More



June 16, 2017

Responsibility for Condo Construction Defect 30 Years After Developer Control
P.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, During window and door replacement in my condo, built in 1988, it was discovered that there was about 18″ of insulation missing from the walls directly above the windows. It was corrected during the install of the windows. Is the... Read More



June 15, 2017

Can the Condo Board Require Visitor Sign In?
M.T. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does a condominium board have the right to make my visitors sign in and out at the concierge desk even when I say I do not want this? Mister Condo replies: M.T., yes, the association has the right to know who is on the property. Even... Read More



June 14, 2017

Are All Condominium and HOA Documents the Same Regarding Common Elements?
J.J. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi Bob, I just listened to the podcast about the alligator in the condo fountain (http://askmistercondo.com/alligator-in-the-condo-fountain/)! I have a question that I am hoping you can answer. But, a little on me. I have been involved in the... Read More



June 13, 2017

Purchase of Lien and Foreclosure Rights on Delinquent Condo Owner
S.A. from South Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can an individual purchase the lien and foreclosure rights on a delinquent condo unit? Second, is there a situation where a condo association can foreclose and take possession without going through the auction process? The unit in question has no... Read More



June 10, 2017

Condo Roof Leak Causes $75K in Damage; No Insurance Claim Made
J.T. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Condo roof leak caused mold and extensive repairs paid by unit owner. The association refuses to pay the bill. $75,000.00 and never contacted master insurance but stated in emails that they did during initial assessments by environmental... Read More



June 9, 2017

Condo Association-Hired Contractor Damages Unit Owner Ceilings
D.R. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, A unit owner notified the condo association of a roof leak. A contractor, called by the association to inspect and give an estimate, caused several cracks in the ceiling while up in the attic inspecting, even though he was told the attic had no... Read More



June 8, 2017

New Jersey Condo Board Not Holding Elections
J.B. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Condo Board meets in a conference room in local town hall. The meeting is open to all condo owners. Is it possible to have the Board Meeting in Skype or conference call instead of meeting in person? Will it meet the NJ Condominium Act requirement... Read More



June 7, 2017

Condo Parking Space Yanked Without Notice
D.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When I purchased my condo ten year ago it included assigned parking which was the original owner’s parking (in front of the unit). The association has since started renting units. Two weeks ago, I came home only to find a new renter was... Read More



June 6, 2017

What is a “Reasonable” Amount of Time for A Condo Record Request Inspection?
L.L. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, How long should I wait to view my condominiums financial records? I requested to see them 6 business days ago. Mister Condo replies: L.L., as a unit owner you have the right to inspect just about all of your association’s records, including the... Read More



June 6, 2017

Ill Condo Renter Has Car Towed
L.H. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I rent a condo in a complex that has an Association and also a building management company. My car was recently towed without any prior notification to me – no phone call, no email, no letter, no knock on the door. I have not been driving... Read More



June 6, 2017

Hardship Case Causing Condo Rental Cap Chaos
H.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our association passed an amendment to the CC&R’s capping the rental of units at 17. We have 66 units. This was done in 2006 to help us keep FHA funding. Our last management company let it slide, so our new management company has... Read More



June 6, 2017

Confrontational Condo Owner Seeks Chair Lift for Condo Pool at Association Expense
J.S. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, I met you and your wife at the Long Island Chapter of CAI meeting last month. We have a homeowner who has lived in our association from the start about 14 years. He can be very confrontational. There have been numerous incidents involving him and... Read More



June 6, 2017

Florida Condo Homeowners Insurance Requirement
V.B. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’ve lived at my condo in Orlando since 2009, when it was vetoed that unit owners are required to have insurance for condo. Are unit owners required to have condo insurance? Mister Condo replies: V.B., I am not an expert in Florida community... Read More



June 6, 2017

Condo Owner Request to Store Car on Association Grounds Denied
P.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have 3 cars, 2 of which are in our garage and the third is properly registered with the association with a sticker and is parked in the assigned common area. Recently, we purchased 2 new vehicles (which are still in the garage) and... Read More



May 26, 2017

Mentally Ill Child of Condo Neighbor Creating Noise Nuisance
D.E. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have been living in our condo for three years and love it. Recently new owners moved in next door with their 9-year-old child. Come to find out she bangs her head against the wall and screams bloody murder at all times of the day.... Read More



May 25, 2017

Who Owns the Condo Skylights?
R.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What does the CT Building Code rules for skylights i.e. window or part of roof structure?  Should the HOA be responsible for repairs if the skylight was originally installed? Mister Condo replies: R.M, as far as I know, the Connecticut Building... Read More



May 24, 2017

Condo Garden Greens Causing the Blues!
A.V. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, My husband and I moved this townhouse community that has a HOA. We have a small garden with our unit that other units don’t have. I have a legal survey that shows these green areas. My husband has spent a lot of time and money keeping a nice... Read More



May 23, 2017

Weight Limit for Pets in the Condo
C.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We would like to have a weight limit for dogs at our condo. We have discussed anywhere from 20 – 40 lbs. per dog. This is our preference to listing “dangerous breeds,” as we know that is harder to defend in court. Do... Read More



May 20, 2017

Can Husband and Wife to Serve On Condo Board Together?
M.H. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a couple owning 2 condo units be on the HOA board at the same time in Florida? Mister Condo replies: M.H., thank you for your question. As you know I am not an attorney nor am I an expert is Florida community association law so please consider... Read More



May 19, 2017

Board Declares No Parking in Condo Driveways!
P.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The declaration states and the plat shows that the driveways are limited common elements. There is a driveway pad outside the garage. The condo association states that the bylaws say that there is no parking on any street or common element... Read More



May 18, 2017

Condo Maintenance Standards Enforcement
R.P. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How common is it for Condominiums to have and enforce Maintenance Standards, whereby Unit owners are suggested / told how they should maintain their units to avoid issues or problems? Mister Condo replies: R.P., since the Common Interest... Read More



May 17, 2017

Required Audit for Condo Association
J.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are condo associations required to get an audit? Mister Condo replies: J.B, that is a great question! Very few states have legislated audits for condo associations as state law. That leaves the association’s governance documents. Many... Read More



May 16, 2017

Condo Denies Disability Parking Request
S.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the condo association deny a request for disability parking especially since the condo is on private property? Mister Condo replies: S.B., you may have noticed that there are many questions and answers about disabled and handicapped... Read More



May 13, 2017

Responsibility for Broken Sewer Pipe in Converted Condo
J.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Who is financially responsible for replacing broken sewer pipe in a unit that was converted from an apartment to a condo? The complex was built in the 1960s. The condo’s new owner discovered the broken drain line subsequent to... Read More



May 12, 2017

Condo Unit Owner Seeks Approval for New Air Conditioning Unit
C.L. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in on the top floor of a 30-unit Condo just outside of Boston. The building is actually two, 3-story 15-unit buildings facing each other across a nicely landscaped courtyard. There is a paved back alley behind each building separating the... Read More



May 11, 2017

Unapproved Remodel to Upstairs Condo Damages Downstairs Unit
L.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The question I have is this, I live in a condo that has 4 units per bldg. I own mine. These condos were built in the late 50’s maybe early 60’s. Unfortunately, there is an HOA fee of 150 dollars a month and the outside of... Read More



May 10, 2017

Withholding Repairs to Delinquent Condo Unit Owner
M.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo board withhold unit repairs to an owner who is delinquent? Mister Condo replies: M.B., that is a loaded question with lots of possible answers! Since I am not an attorney, I must recommend that you speak with a qualified... Read More



May 9, 2017

What to Look for in new Condo Property Manager
D.G. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, I saw you speak at a recent CAI Long Island chapter meeting. We are looking into a property Management company. What specific and important questions should we include in our Request for Proposal. Also, can you offer some suggestions on important... Read More



May 6, 2017

Can the Condo Property Manager Sue Me?
M.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Has the property manager the right to fine me or sue in court? Mister Condo replies: M.Z., I am sorry you find yourself at odds with your Property Manager and now need to inquire if you can be fined or sued. The answer to both questions... Read More



May 5, 2017

Condo Insurance Payment to Unit Owner or Association?
S.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our building’s exterior was damaged by a falling tree. The claim check for six thousand dollars was made out to one of the condo owners. Should it have been made out to the condo association? Mister Condo replies: S.F., I am sorry that... Read More



May 4, 2017

Condo Bullying and Harassment
R.C. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, What can unit owners in Florida do when bullied, followed, harassed, watched, threatened, etc. by condo association members and property manager? Especially when a lot of us are elderly and/or disabled physically in some way? Can you at least point me in... Read More



May 3, 2017

Condo Unit Owners Finds No Water Supply Shut Off in Unit
M.L. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My friend has a condo and her water pipes burst. Her shut off is in her neighbor’s unit, and she was never told that. Is this legal? I just don’t see how it could be if you wanted to have work done to your own condo you …... Read More



May 2, 2017

Condo Board Member Regularly Abstains from Voting!
T.H. from North Carolina writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a board of five and it seems that when they vote on any proposals one board member always abstains and nothing get done. Is this legal? Thank you. Mister Condo replies: T.H., thanks for writing. The legality of the vote is defined by two... Read More



April 29, 2017

Unit Owner’s Overgrown Shrubs Causes Condo Eyesore
C.L. from New York writes: The Board of Directors self-manages (no community manager or management company) our very large condominium complex. A question/problem has come forward that I would like your opinion on. The Board inspects common areas around the entire complex. Our offering plan... Read More



April 28, 2017

Condo Operating Expense Versus Reserve Charge
J.N. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, When is an operating expense really a Reserve Charge? Mister Condo replies: J.N., typically speaking, operating expenses are those expenses which are incurred during the regular course of business during a calendar year for the association.... Read More



April 27, 2017

“Granted” Condo Parking Spaces Used to Entice Buyers Creates Long-Term Problem
  P.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When we purchased our units, many, but not all, came with parking spaces granted legally by the developer. Many owners/tenants are leaving their non-moving vehicles (we have 72-hour “must move” to a new spot rule). MANY others are... Read More



April 26, 2017

Cleveland Condo Association in Search of Assistance
A.B. from Cleveland, OH writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m looking for recommendations for a property management company and/or a company to perform a reserve-study. I’m in a medium high-rise building (60+ units) in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Any help is appreciated. Mister Condo replies:... Read More



April 25, 2017

Condo Association Takes Over Unit Owner’s Deeded Parking Space!
L.I. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo was purchased with 2 deeded spaces. The trustees have put a plow in my 2nd spot. They did not ask and I have sent 3 emails asking for them to please remove the plow. It’s a deeded space and they do not have my permission. They... Read More



April 22, 2017

Condo Visitor Parking Conundrum
E.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have an issue with some residents not having room for their cars. We have 20 parking spaces designated for visitor parking. What would be appropriate to change to resident parking? Mister Condo replies: E.A., the pages of this website... Read More



April 21, 2017

Homeschooling Condo Unit Owner Seeks to Add Garage Window
A.R. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, I want to add a window in the garage because I homeschool my kids and is too hot inside for them. Mister Condo replies: A.R., I appreciate your desire to provide a window for your children as you feel it would help cool your garage, which I gather... Read More



April 20, 2017

Condo Board Resign Looking to Help Fill Vacated Seat
T.S. from Illinois writes: Dear Mister Condo, I resigned from our Board in August and the present board have not filled the empty seat. Our by-laws require us to have 5 members. I was told I can request a “special meeting” to have that seat filled. How do I go about doing this? And am... Read More



April 19, 2017

Jersey Co-op Unit Owner Strong-armed into Questionable Repairs
L.S. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have unit in a large co-op (almost 500 units) which is rented out. The Manager of the co-op is pushing me into renovation of 2 bathrooms in this unit. The claim is that high moisture reading in adjacent hallway is caused by my bathroom. The reading... Read More



April 18, 2017

Can Anyone Other Than a Unit Owner Serve on the Condo Board?
J.D. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do you have to be an owner of a condo to run for an officer on the board of directors? Mister Condo replies: J.D., the answer depends on your condo’s governing documents. They should clearly define who is eligible to serve on the Board. It is... Read More



April 15, 2017

Condo Work Contract Awarded Without Bid!
J.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does the condo board have a fiduciary responsibility to obtain multiple bids for work completed on exterior? If so can they set a dollar limit whereby they must obtain bids? Mister Condo replies: J.B., it is a best practice to obtain multiple... Read More



April 14, 2017

Condo Board Cites Unknown Parking Rules
S.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a deeded parking spot within our garage. I was cited because I was “supposedly” parked in my deeded spot for 96 hours without moving my vehicle. The violation states ” vehicle has been parked in your spot for over... Read More



April 13, 2017

Condo Deed Need, Indeed!
R.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My parents are the original owner of the condominium where they have lived since 1966. I am their son writing this question. I’m in Chicago. Unfortunately, I cannot find the paperwork to see if the two parking spaces were... Read More



April 12, 2017

Condo Board Candidate Withdraws from Race and Assigns Votes to Another Candidate
D.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo is in the process of elections. Ballots are out and are due in 11 days. One of the candidates decided she does not want to be on the board. So, she sent out an email informing the association and says she is putting another... Read More



April 11, 2017

Subletting the Condo is Against the Rules but Who Can Sue?
M.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am about to enter a legal dispute with the inspector that performed the inspection of my condo prior to purchase. I currently live in the condo with two roommates. The Master Deed states that any lease or occupancy agreement should be in... Read More



April 8, 2017

Condo Board Voting Rights During Declarant Control Period
L.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a new developer and my question is in regard to association voting rights. There are more undeveloped lots than what has been constructed. Does the new developer have a vote in the association for each undeveloped unit? This would... Read More



April 7, 2017

Condo Lawsuit Revelation Shouldn’t Cause Issue for Selling Owner
J.P. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am planning to sell my condo soon. One of my fellow owners is deeply behind on HOA fees. There’s a law suit pending. I’m told this could hold up my selling. I’m in Brooklyn. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Mister Condo... Read More



April 6, 2017

Condo Board’s Ability to Make Capital Improvements Without Unit Owner Vote
R.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am living in a condo where the condo board has decided that we’re getting the decks enlarged. They claim “everyone wants this done,” but no such formal vote of the unit owners was ever taken. I know that a number of... Read More



April 5, 2017

Can the Condo Association Issue Fines and Fees for Unpaid Condo Fines and Fees?
M.D. from Illinois writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the Association impose fines for unpaid late fees, fines, etc., if they are not paid within a certain time period? For example, we have a few owners who have refused to pay late fees and fines, going back several months. Association wants to come up... Read More



April 4, 2017

Timing of Special Assessment Hampers Condo Unit Sale
W.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo is under contract and set to close very soon. I just received a notice about a week ago of a meeting of the owners to approve/disapprove an assessment of $750,000 ($7,500/unit). I immediately notified the buyer’s agent and... Read More



April 1, 2017

Right to Inspect Condo Employees’ Salaries and Benefits
B.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do the unit owners of a condo village in Connecticut that pay the salaries of their employees through their common charges have the right to know what the salaries and benefits of those employees are? We do not have a management company. We have... Read More



March 31, 2017

Consequences for Parking in Someone Else’s Condo Parking Space
T.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What consequences can an HOA do to people who park in spot that is assigned to someone else? Mister Condo replies: T.H., the consequences to a unit owner or guest for parking in an assigned parking spot that isn’t their own can be as... Read More



March 30, 2017

Condo Owner’s Insurance Pays for Deductible on Master Policy With No Claim
J.R. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I had water damage in my condo from my washing machine. I called my personal homeowners policy and they inspected and quoted $8000 worth of damage. But because my condos master insurance policy has a deductible of $5000, my personal insurance... Read More



March 29, 2017

The Future of HOA Lending is Here! Technology has made every step easier!
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March 29, 2017

Mixed Use Condo With a Mixed Up Business Owner
D.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo of three units, 2 homes and 1 business. We had a meeting and we were discussing installing compressors for new central air conditioners for each unit. The business would be replacing an existing compressor which was... Read More



March 28, 2017

Does Condo Basement Owner Have to Pay Common Fees?
J.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a Basement in a condo unfinished, no electric plumbing just a concrete box for storage. Do I need to pay common charges? Is the board able to make me pay? Mister Condo replies: J.J., when you say you own a basement in a condo that... Read More



March 25, 2017

Is Condo Landlord Liable for Illegal Actions by Tenant?
M.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is the condominium unit owner responsible for their renter’s theft of property of another unit owner’s unit? Mister Condo replies: M.J., thanks for writing and I am sorry that your tenants have put you in this position. The short... Read More



March 24, 2017

Purchasing a Condo Parking Space
B.W. from Tennessee writes: Dear Mister Condo, I currently own two condos in Knoxville. The building is adjacent to a university and I purchased the condos for my kids to live in while in college. Each came with one deeded parking place. When the building was originally sold, buyers could choose to... Read More



March 23, 2017

Condo Parking Space Reassigned After 17 Years!
C.E. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, In 1999, my mother purchased her condo and was assigned her parking spot. We have never had any issues with our personal parking spot. The only issue many condo resident have is lack of parking or abuse of parking spaces. Well we now are... Read More



March 22, 2017

Fire and Feces Smearing Attack on Neighboring Condo Unit Owner!
J.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, This week a condo owner set her neighbor’s condo door on fire but, fortunately, the man inside was able to get out unharmed. The previous week she smeared her feces on his door, and 2 days later smeared cat poop on his door. When a... Read More



March 21, 2017

Condo Owner Resident Surrounded by Renters
A.C. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am in Florida and one of 2 owners in a 45-unit building. The other owner has turned the building into rental units what can we do to get out of our mortgage and make him pay? Mister Condo replies: A.C., thank you for writing and I am …... Read More



March 18, 2017

Who Pays to Repair a Water Pipe Leak in Concrete Slab Floor of Condo?
P.H. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo is over 30 years old located in Florida. We had a water pipe leak located under the concrete slab in the kitchen. Who is responsible for repairing and paying for work done? I had to hire a company to locate leak, remove concrete, repair leaky... Read More



March 17, 2017

Condo Association Wants to Temporarily Take Back Handicapped Parking
L.J. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are a community of 400+ units with no “assigned” parking with a major portion of the homes being secondary homes. Each unit is allowed one space per unit. We have 20 handicap parking spots that were provided to those with... Read More



March 16, 2017

Coast to Coast Damage – Florida Condo Unit Damaged by Neighboring Unit Owner from California
B.C. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in Seminole County, Florida and own a condo which my family and I occupy in a community of 150 units. Many of those units are owned by out-of-state or even out-of-country owners and managed by local property management companies. Our unit was... Read More



March 15, 2017

Role of the HOA Board versus the Property Management Company
E.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Grateful to discover this resource! Looking for material that outlines the role of management versus the role of the HOA board. As president, I’m raising it as a priority for this year to seek balance, lessen frustration and increase... Read More



March 14, 2017

Developer Delivers New Condo Unit with Clogged Toilet Lines
F.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I bought my condo in a development which is still under construction. I closed on and occupied the unit in October 2015. I have had ongoing issues with the toilet in my unit (there are 2 bathrooms, the other toilet is in proper working... Read More



March 11, 2017

Forcing a Unit Owner to Sell to Make Association Fannie Mae Compliant
M.B. from Southern California writes: Dear Mister Condo, There are 51 units in my building in Southern California. I am aware of a Fannie Mae Guideline that states that no one owner can own more than 10% of the units. In my building, there is an owner who owns 13 units which is 25%+. Because... Read More



March 10, 2017

Ooh That Smell! Condo Sewage Pipes Leaking!
S.S. from Illinois writes: Dear Mister Condo, The condo I live in was originally an apartment building. They were built in 1968 and converted to condos in 1978. My husband has lived here in our unit since 1978. Recently I have noticed a ‘sewage smell’ coming from the main bathroom. I... Read More



March 9, 2017

Condo Executive Board Passes Special Assessment with Meeting of Unit Owners
S.R. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Executive Board has imposed an assessment on the unit owners without calling for an open meeting to discuss the reasons for the assessment. Cited is the CT statute that allows the board to impose the assessment without an owner’s meeting... Read More



March 8, 2017

Purchasing Neighboring Condo Unit in Foreclosure
L.J. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 3-unit Condo Association. One unit is in foreclosure. I own one. Can I purchase the other that is in foreclosure? Mister Condo replies: L.J., unless the condo’s governing documents prohibit the purchase of more than one unit, I... Read More



March 7, 2017

Condo Guest or Condo Resident?
J.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the general description of a guest versus resident in a condominium? Mister Condo replies: J.A., I am not aware of a generalized description for the term guest versus resident in a condominium. In fact, state and local laws also... Read More



March 4, 2017

HOA Tows Handicapped Car without Association Placard from Handicapped Parking
J.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our HOA assigns each unit 2 parking tags. All of the parking spots in our lot are unassigned and up for grabs, provided the car displays our HOA parking tag. We have 3 handicapped spots in our parking lots. We have a security company that... Read More



March 3, 2017

Unit Owner Contractor Damages Condo’s Common Grounds
L.E. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our association has sustained property damage by outside vendors hired by our association owners to perform work inside their units. Would the association be allowed to charge outside vendors a yearly parking fee to come on to the property... Read More



March 2, 2017

Repeated Leaks from Neglected Condo Caulking Maintenance
S.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Last year, I had water damage to my floors from the outside balcony. The Property Manager said to call my insurer, which I did at my expense. This year two new leaks from the outside of building front to inside my bedroom, had to put... Read More



March 1, 2017

Condo Altercation Caught On Condo Surveillance System
M.J. from Brooklyn, NY writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m a unit owner, my wife is on the condo board. I got into an altercation with a stranger in front of our building. The guy was injured. He went to the hospital and filed a false report that I walked up to him and just beat …... Read More



February 28, 2017

Condo Owner in Arrears Seeks to Purchase Second Unit
R.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a small commercial condo complex. A current unit owner is in arrears for over $4000. He is trying to purchase a unit that is for sale. Can we block him from making the purchase until his other unit fees are paid in full? Mister... Read More



February 25, 2017

Condo Documents Call for an Audit
E.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If only an audit is required by a condo declaration does it need to be “certified”? Mister Condo replies: E.S., the answer lies in your documents and state law. If neither the documents nor the law require a “certified”... Read More



February 24, 2017

Self-Managed Condo License Requirement
B.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When self-managing condos, do you need a real estate license? Mister Condo replies: B.D., I think you are referring to a community association management license versus a real estate license. A real estate license has nothing to do with... Read More



February 23, 2017

No Volunteers for Board to Take Over Condo from Developer!
R.G. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What happens if too few owners run for a board at its initial creation/takeover from the developer? I have tried searching, briefly, online and in the declarations for an answer to this question, without success. If there is governing law can you... Read More



February 22, 2017

Private Entry Requirement for Condo
R.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I thought that all condos had their own private entrance, directly from outside. We rented with option to buy what was described as a condo, but in effect, there are 3 flights of stairs that take you to the front door, which is on an open... Read More



February 21, 2017

Condo Owner Wants to Change Address of Unit
R.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are in a 3-condo complex and 1 unit of the 3 wants to change address because he is on the side of the building and the other 2 units are in the front the reason he wants to change address is it is confusing to …... Read More



February 18, 2017

Condo Contractor Demands Payment from Unit Owner for Unauthorized Work
G.G. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, While I was out of the country, the condo security personnel opened the door of my unit and allowed to enter a contractor to perform work in my condo unit that I had not requested. The manager states that it was a misunderstanding. The company that... Read More



February 17, 2017

Rescinding A Condo Board Decision to Allow a Unit Owner Use of Common Area for a Patio
P.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Many years ago, our condo broad approved one owner’s request to extend their patio into common property. Years later, several new owners disagree with the approval granted to this owner. The owner being referred to pays the least... Read More



February 16, 2017

Former Condo Management Company Reluctant to Release Association Records
K.F. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have recently changed our property management company. Our new management is having issues with getting our legal documents from our former Management Company. How long after we end contract with old management company do they have to release... Read More



February 15, 2017

Quiet Condo May Not Be the Ideal Home for a Musician
A.M. from British Columbia, Canada writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have been renting condos for five years and just moved into a new one about two months ago. We have suddenly received two notes on our door as well as a formal complaint regarding “bass-heavy music” within the last two... Read More



February 14, 2017

Blowback from Adding an External Vent to a Condo Unit
K.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am on the second floor of a two-story condominium. I am in the process of planning a kitchen renovation, and as part of the project I would like to have an externally-vented exhaust fan. The range hood that I currently have simply blows... Read More



February 11, 2017

Injured at the Condo; Reluctant to Sue Owner
B.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I fell down the stairs right outside my condo. Everyone is saying to sue, but I rent from a private owner. I am afraid of repercussions. I like where I live but will need surgery and medical bills are piling. I know I have case. Any... Read More



February 10, 2017

Why Does the Condo Have an Executive Board and a Board of Directors?
C.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have both an Executive Board and Board of Directors. Is it necessary to have both? Also, who comprises the Executive Board? Mister Condo replies: C.G., the association’s governance documents dictates the governing bodies for the... Read More



February 9, 2017

Condo Owner with Irregular Personality Disorder Exhibits Disruptive Behavior
S.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What to do when owner refuses to listen to reason due to a psychological disorder that the family has no control over. Aside from an irregular personality disorder, they pay fees on time, just very disruptive daily, due to disorder. Mister... Read More



February 8, 2017

Condo Roof Failure Leads to Unit Damage: Who is Responsible for Repair?
L.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I know the association is responsible for fixing roof leaks, but who is responsible for the damage done to inside ceiling from the roof leak? Mister Condo replies: L.A., I am sorry that you have had damage from a roof leak to your condo.... Read More



February 7, 2017

Florida Condo Walkways Made of Cork are Failing
  L.S. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, We hope to resurface the outdoor concrete walkways at our Florida condominium. It was originally covered with cork which is now peeling in many places. We want to cover the surface with a material stronger than paint. Has anyone had experience... Read More



February 4, 2017

What is a Condo 13th Month Assessment?
L.L. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, We just had a 13th month fee. Then a fee increase and then last year another 13th month fee. At our June meeting, out self-managed trustees explained they will be seeking a loan for $125,000.00 to repair the parking lot.  Do you think this... Read More



February 3, 2017

Is Handicapped Parking Required at My Condo?
M.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I will like to know if a condo association is required to have handicap parking space and how many? Condo is 173 units and built in 1986. Mister Condo replies: M.L., the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) does require handicapped parking... Read More



February 2, 2017

Condo Association Money Spent on Private Property
B.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo board spend money on things are not part of our common area? They want to do something on private property. Thank you! Mister Condo replies: B.M., without knowing all of the specifics it is difficult to give you a full answer.... Read More



February 1, 2017

Converting Condo Parking from Handicapped to Visitor
B.S. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a board member of a small Florida condo. There is currently no visitor parking available except for 2 handicap spaces (that were converted from originally planned 4 visitor spaces). The condo does not have any public facilities. Can the association... Read More



January 31, 2017

Ups and Downs of Condo Elevator Special Assessment
S.P. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, I just received word that there is a planned assessment being prepared to repair 1 of the 2 elevators in my building. The assessment payment schedule is spread out over 5 months and if you can’t pay it you are being told to finance the loan. The... Read More



January 28, 2017

Hyper-Local Social Network for Condominiums?
C.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do you know of any hyper-local social network that’s available for condo buildings? We have NextDoor in this neighborhood, but it’s not possible to concentrate that into just one building, and I don’t think the... Read More



January 27, 2017

Condo Exterior Modification Sought
J.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I serve on the Board of our Condo Association. Recently, an owner has requested approval for exterior remodeling. Our condos are townhouses that are attached. The request entails adding a window to a basement that must provide legal... Read More



January 26, 2017

Condo Treasurer Resigns and Takes Checkbook!
K.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The treasurer resigned two days ago and has so far has refused to turn over the checkbook, financial records, etc. to the association president or the newly appointed treasurer. What recourse does the Board have? Mister Condo replies: K.B., I am... Read More



January 25, 2017

Condo Owner Pays for Roof but Doesn’t Get It!
D.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I paid for a roof that never was installed. Is there anything I can do? Mister Condo replies: D.C., yes, there are lots of things you can do. Let’s start with who you paid and what type of agreement you entered into. Since you live in... Read More



January 24, 2017

FHA Certification for Condo Lapsed and Sought Again
J.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are an over 55 condo complex with 39 individual homes. We were FHA certified several years ago. We missed the recertification period. Nobody knows who completed the original certification application. Where do I find the application/forms in... Read More



January 21, 2017

Condo Landlord Concerned for Safety of Tenant Due to Water Intrusion and Mold
M.S. from North Carolina writes: Dear Mister Condo, I need some guidance. I have a tenant renting my condo. There have been a series of leaks into my unit due to leaks coming from the roof. There were three or four different leaks that my HOA repaired, as this is the HOA’s responsibility. I have... Read More



January 20, 2017

Condo Board Dictates Which Vehicle Can Be Parked in Owner’s Space!
J.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can my condo association stop me from rotating which car I park in my space? Can they stop my wife and me from rotating our cars in our space? They want to assign only one car to my space. We can’t swap when it is not …... Read More



January 19, 2017

Marital Problems Causes Unit Owner to Miss Condo Payments; Now What?
J.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a 9-unit condo association. We need to have a special assessment for a new roof. In one unit, the people are having marital problems, not knowing what is going to happen. Wife is moving out, husband is not paying bills, and so... Read More



January 18, 2017

Condo Developer Refuses to Pay Common Fees After Relinquishing Declarant Control
L.J. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association was recently transferred from declarant control to owner control from the developer. There will be a total of 13 units WHEN completed. There are presently 8 units sold and the developer holds rights to 5 units (lots).... Read More



January 17, 2017

Partial Unit Repair Leaves Condo Owner Vulnerable to More Damage
T.N. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, I have been having issues dealing with my association property management in resolving in what I consider emergency situations. Would you consider a roof leak an emergency situation? It is the HOA’s responsibility to maintain the... Read More



January 14, 2017

Condo Board Charges Rent for Deeded Parking
G.S. from Chicago writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in an Illinois Condominium Community with deeded parking spaces. Can the association board charge rent for these deeded spaces? Mister Condo replies: G.S., as a general rule, deeded parking is just that, deeded. It is owned by the unit owner and,... Read More



January 13, 2017

Guidelines for Condo Visitor Parking
H.A. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can you suggest some guidelines for Visitor’s Parking in Common Areas? Mister Condo replies: H.A., in most associations, the visitor parking areas are owned in common and are under the direct control of the Board. That means the Board is... Read More



January 12, 2017

Condo Contractor Damages Irreplaceable Garage Door
J.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a contracted snow plow operator for a condo association. While pushing snow in the parking lot, I damaged a garage door. The damage was isolated to the bottom panel of a steel door. there is no other damage to the doors other 3 panels... Read More



January 11, 2017

Major Special Assessment Leaves New Condo Owner Shocked!
K.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Owners have just been hit with a $650,000.00+- assessment at our condo. We bought just before this was announced. There was nothing in the minutes to indicate that there was anything wrong with the building. We were given approximately 1... Read More



January 10, 2017

Questionable Actions By Strata (Condo) Board
S.O. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our strata president had her hardwood flooring upgrade secretly paid for by the ownership of our strata. How can we get her to pay it back? Her friends on council voted to pay because the president threatened to sue the strata. Mister... Read More



January 7, 2017

California Condo Parking Confusion
J.B. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, If the residential parking for my condominiums is first come first serve with no assigned parking, can the leasing office reserve parking for themselves and other residents in that building? Do they have to provide handicap accessible parking for... Read More



January 6, 2017

Bay State Condo Owner Questions Sunshine State Condo Laws
S.B. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, My husband purchased a condo in Florida. I do not wish to occupy the condo at any time. I may visit for a weekend. However, I don’t see it happening more than once or twice a year.  The condo association is now mandating I complete a... Read More



January 5, 2017

Condo Owner Seeks to Beautify Common Grounds
D.D. from Texas writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo. In the front of my unit, all you see is the garage and one window, then a small flowerbed and sidewalk leading to my walkway. How can I make the flower bed look good? Mister Condo replies: D.D., generally speaking all plantings in the... Read More



January 4, 2017

Condo Has Deeded Decks Supported by Commonly Owned Columns
C.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own 1 unit of 5-unit condo. There is a deck structure with decks for 3 of the 5 units. These decks are part of the units which they abut, they are contained in deeds of those units. Condo docs specify that all maintenance, repair, or... Read More



January 3, 2017

California Condo Unit Owner’s Air Conditioner Damaged
C.S. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo air conditioner was recently damaged by a vendor but the vendor won’t step up for responsibility of damage. The association has paid for repairs to date but the unit is damaged beyond repair. The association has refused to pay full... Read More



January 2, 2017

Welcome, 2017!
All of us at AskMisterCondo.com would like to wish our readers a happy and healthy New Year. You have kept us quite busy answering your condo questions this past year and we look forward to a new year of queries and helpful suggestions to help you make the most of your community association living... Read More



December 31, 2016

Endless Condo Lawsuit Draining Unit Owners Bank Account
J.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, One of the owners is suing the association. We, not the association, are running out of money to pay the special assessment. The suit has been going on for three years. Lawyer fees are over $200,000.00. and no end is in sight. We... Read More



December 30, 2016

Storage Unit Mold Surprises New Condo Owner
A.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I just recently purchased a condo and wasn’t told I had a storage unit until after the purchase. When I went to check out the storage unit, there was an awful smell going on. There are 4 storage units within 1 big unit. I had someone... Read More



December 29, 2016

Common Fees After a Fire Without Use of the Condo
D.L. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a mid-sized condo complex in Litchfield county. Unfortunately, we had a fire last July that destroyed 4 units in one building. One of the residents of the destroyed unit is challenging paying her condo fees, and wants a waiver... Read More



December 28, 2016

Condo Board Takes Out a Trespass Warrant Against Unit Owner’s Beau!
J.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is it in the right of the Board of Directors and the Property management company to put a trespass warrant on my Girlfriend barring her from coming onto the property? I own my condo and have for the last 15 years. I feel that they have... Read More



December 27, 2016

New York City Condo Windows Taking Much Longer than a New York Minute!
K.M. from New York City writes: Dear Mister Condo, I need to replace my windows. I’m on the 20th floor of a NYC high rise on the Hudson River – facing the river.  The windows are 30 years old and rotting.  One is visibly broken at the frame- separating from the glass and crazy bursts... Read More



December 23, 2016

Pigeon Netting is for the Birds at this Condo
S.B. from Puerto Rico writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo board here in Puerto Rico voted to put in a pigeon net that obstructs my ocean view. The net was put in without alternative techniques considered and with no pre-approved net designs and with no notice to or informing of affected parties... Read More



December 22, 2016

Coup d’état at Miami Condo!
B.P. from Miami writes: Dear Mister Condo, A group of people in my condo appointed themselves as the governing board and have removed mail and checks from the condo office. These individuals have opened an account in the name of the Condominium and are holding the monies in that account.... Read More



December 21, 2016

Who Can Make Motions at Condo Board Meeting?
P.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a new HOA President. Who can present a Motion in a Board of Directors meeting? Is it Board members only? Or can Unit Owners also make motions? If only Board members, how does a Unit Owner get a Motion on the floor? Mister Condo replies:... Read More



December 20, 2016

Harassment and Abuse at Small Condo
R.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am an owner in a 4-unit self-managed association. My son and I are under constant harassment from two of the owners for no other reason than disagreement with their ideas for the property. The fourth owner doesn’t want to be... Read More



December 17, 2016

Condo Seeks to Ban Pets for Renters
K.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Association allows unit owners to have dogs. Can the Association prohibit renters or lessees from having dogs? Mister Condo replies: K.B., the short answer is “yes” but be careful. I am not an attorney so please accept my advice as... Read More



December 16, 2016

Condo Power Washing Damages Unit Owner’s Door
J.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a wooden front door of an older type no longer easily replaced. I live on 2nd floor. One of the board members lives on 3rd floor, bought a power washer, used it on 3rd floor walkway with resulting water runoff splashing onto my... Read More



December 15, 2016

Water Damaged Condo Unit Owner Reluctant to File Insurance Claim
B.L. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I purchased condo a little over a year ago. Previous owner remodeled bathroom. Work was not done properly – causing leak from shower & toilet to unit beneath mine. I should note that owner is not there for weeks & months at a time,... Read More



December 14, 2016

Condo Parking Space Swapped
C.S. from Virginia writes: Dear Mister Condo, I purchased my condo in 1987 and resided in it the first five years with my assigned parking space being in the same location since 1987. Upon moving out, I have been using my property as rental property. In August 2015, management for my condo... Read More



December 13, 2016

Condo Owner Taking Over Neighboring Parking Space
C.S. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a townhouse condo; 7 units all connected together. In the back of the units is a driveway where we all have our garages. Next to each garage is everyone’s AC Unit (technically, that’s the unit’s extra space). My neighbor... Read More



December 10, 2016

Etiquette of Past Condo President Offering Advice to Sitting Board
J.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am the past president of my condo association. I am currently not a board member. Is it proper, in a polite manner, to offer advice (when asked) to another non- board member regarding how they should handle a situation affecting them... Read More



December 9, 2016

After the Fire, Who Pays for Extensive Condo Repairs?
D.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, There was a fire in our building, in the unit directly below my unit. In order for the building to be mitigated of smoke and soot, my unit has to be gutted because the building construction was balloon construction and there was not fire... Read More



December 8, 2016

Unit Owner Unable to Move Car for Condo Parking Lot Plowing
J.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, This may be a stupid question, but I exceed at asking stupid questions :-). I am currently considering moving to a condo because I’m 66 and have epilepsy. My question is, since most condos don’t have garages, does the owner... Read More



December 7, 2016

Condo Board Lacks Board Members… and President!
E.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have no president nor do we have enough board members. What do we do? Mister Condo replies: E.H., I am sorry that your modest-sized community cannot find leaders from within the rank and file. Typically, condos and HOAs are governed by... Read More



December 6, 2016

Crumbling Homes in a Crumbling HOA
D.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Thank you for your article. I have a townhome that was built substandard, now have both foundation and structural damages. Old HOA Board was kicked out by new Board. Old HOA had committed fraud and embezzlement. New HOA has moved on. They... Read More



December 3, 2016

Condo Owner Makes Deposit on Unapproved Replacement Windows
C.I. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am in the process of replacing my condo windows using a large chain store. I chose an Anderson window that fit the specs exactly and all information was submitted to the management company. The board voted no on the windows and stated only one... Read More



December 2, 2016

Condo Noise is Unbearable!
B.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have been living in hell for the past 6 years now. I live in a quadraplex style condo, that is the style for the over 200 plus units here. You share a common wall with virtually all of your neighbors and the quadraplexes are stacked... Read More



December 1, 2016

Condo Owners with Offsite Addresses May Be Undocumented Landlords
J.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in an older condo complex, and it appears that we have a pretty high percentage of units (40%) where owners have “offsite addresses.” In some cases, they are clearly renting the units out, but in other cases it appears... Read More



November 30, 2016

Condo Parking Rules Are Useless Without Enforcement!
A.S. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Each owner in my condo association has an assigned parking space, deeded and specified in the Declaration. The stipulated rules are each car (after being approved) must display a DECAL and all guests/visitors must display a parking pass to be displayed... Read More



November 29, 2016

Informing Unit Owners of Air Conditioner Rule Violations
R.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I need a suggestion for the wording of a letter to residents of my condominium to remove illegal installation of air conditioners. Mister Condo replies: R.M., thanks for writing. I am assuming that your association has rules that either... Read More



November 26, 2016

Unfortunate Encounter Between Condo Neighbors Has Board on Edge
J.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, This is another neighbor-neighbor noise issue. We have one tenant who is complaining that his upstairs neighbors are noisy and disruptive and are harassing him. Upstairs neighbor say that they have not even heard from their neighbor after... Read More



November 24, 2016

Validity of the Vote on Condo Annual Budget and Loan
R.G. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo,   Is voting on a budget, the borrowing of money require on ballot only the percentage of ownership, and if otherwise an illegal method and would be invalid in a court of law?   Mister Condo replies: R.G., I am not sure I follow your... Read More



November 23, 2016

Getting a Handle on Condo Visitor Parking Abuse
M.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do you have suggestions on ways to keep residents out of visitor parking? Mister Condo replies: M.B., with the holiday season upon us, I find your question most timely. The short answer is “yes”, but it takes a lot of due diligence on... Read More



November 22, 2016

Condo Association’s Right to Inspect Chimneys and Furnaces
G.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo association require inspection of chimney and furnace? Mister Condo replies: G.G., they sure can. Protection of the entire community association and the assets of the association is one of the responsibilities of the... Read More



November 19, 2016

Denver Condo Owner Getting a Snow Job from the Association!
K.A. from Denver, Colorado writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! My HOA piles all the snow from our parking lot directly behind my parking spot making my spot unusable until it melts, which can be 2 days or 2 weeks, depending on how much it has snowed and the temperature. My spot is deeded and I... Read More



November 18, 2016

Condo Neighbor Reluctant to Submit Insurance Claim
E.L. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Water damaged condo below mine. Work done in the bathroom by the previous owner of my condo was done improperly. There was no negligence on my part. My insurance company is denying the claim and wants the unit owner with the damage to file the... Read More



November 17, 2016

Condo Neighbor Sells Parking Space or Did He?
H.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I brought a condo that originally had two parking spaces. I was told that the last owner sold his parking space. My understanding is that all condos with two bedrooms in my complex have two parking spaces. How can I find out if the parking... Read More



November 16, 2016

Condo Board Treats Itself to A Night Out at Owner’s Expense!
J.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am an owner in a condo building. The Board of Directors decided to treat themselves to a “Special Meeting” at a Steak House and invited non-board members. The total was over $2,000 for the dinner with drinks. As an owner, do... Read More



November 15, 2016

Self-Managed versus Poorly Managed; A Sad Condo Tale
E.E. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have been here for 15 years and dealing with corrupted Board of Directors of self-managed Condo Association past year who clearly overstepped and abused its powers led by the personal interests of its members. Without any warning, they changed... Read More



November 12, 2016

That’s Why You Carry Home Owner’s Insurance for Your Condo!
D.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My upstairs neighbor’s bathroom leaked into my unit causing damage to my bathroom ceiling and walls. Now his home owner’s insurance refuses to pay because they claim that they are not responsible because the leak was not because of the... Read More



November 11, 2016

Condo Association-Mandated Energy Audit
J.F. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can our Condo Association require Townhouse owners (we are owner-occupied with 19 units in four buildings) to submit to an energy audit and then share in the cost for the audit and to repair for all owners? Some have already had energy audits... Read More



November 10, 2016

Sensitive Condo Information Needs to Be Password Protected!
T.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Should a condo association post both Monthly Financials and Monthly Board Member Meeting Minutes and other Committee Meeting minutes on its web site? And if so, should any of that info be available to non-residents (i.e. the general... Read More



November 9, 2016

Vacant Condo Needs to Be Emptied of Previous Owners Items
S.D. from Texas writes: Dear Mister Condo, How can I get volunteers to get rid of a treadmill and large boxes from a now vacant condo? Mister Condo replies: S.D., well I’m not available to help if that’s what you mean! 🙂 When condos become vacant, it is incumbent upon the current owner to... Read More



November 8, 2016

Chicago Condo Parking Blues!
B.D. from Chicago writes: Dear Mister Condo, My building has 3 total units and on the purchase agreement it lists 1 assigned parking space. One assumes 3 total units, 3 total assigned parking spaces. The parking spaces are part of the Common Element. The Condo Declaration nor the By-Laws say... Read More



November 5, 2016

Board Fines and Assesses Unit Owners for Improper Irrigation
T.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I was called to defend myself in front of the board because they said I failed to irrigate my plants (not true) and that the association had to replace my plants several times. I had an emergency the day of the hearing and could not... Read More



November 4, 2016

Is a Condo the Perfect Gift? Maybe Not…
E.E. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do I have to apply like a buyer to the HOA if a condo was gifted to me but I just plan to sell? Mister Condo replies: E.E., congratulations on being gifted a condominium unit! I am going to have to rethink my Christmas list this year …... Read More



November 3, 2016

25-Year-Old Condo Garage Rack No Longer Allowed
K.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My overhead garage storage rack was installed 25+ years in accordance with the then-current Rules and Regulations. Two years ago, the Board of Directors changed the R&R which now state said racks are no longer allowed. This week a... Read More



November 2, 2016

Banging Radiator Sounds Has Condo Owner Banging Head Against Wall!
S.F. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, The steam heating system has pipes that run through our unit into the units above. These pipes bang like crazy every time the heat comes on and the experts tell us this is probably due to a problem in a radiator in the unit above us. We have... Read More



November 1, 2016

Adding a Greenhouse to a Condo Unit
D.W. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am requesting our condominium board’s permission to build a “greenhouse” type outdoor structure to be able to go outside in the winter. I am planning to get all necessary building permissions from my town. Are there any legal... Read More



October 29, 2016

Condominium Hornet’s Nest Damages Unit Owners Furnace
P.C. from Outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can I ‘force’ my association to pay for half my furnace repair? Furnace stopped heating my unit, due to intake terminations installed incorrectly, AND a hornet’s nest, hard as a rock, in said pipes which stopped the air from... Read More



October 28, 2016

Condo Trustees Decide to Stop Paying for Association Water and Sewer Services
E.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a private water and sewer system that provides these services for a flat fee to a condo association. The condo owners pay for water/sewer as a flat fee as a part of their HOA fees. There have been no increases for 10 years. This... Read More



October 27, 2016

Noisy Condo Tenant Disturbing Unit Owner’s Peaceable Enjoyment
R.B. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a poorly-insulated condo complex. There are three floors and six units per building (4 buildings total). The couple that lived above me recently moved out, but I experienced almost year of life disruption because of their noise. They had... Read More



October 26, 2016

Condo Air Conditioner Expense Leaves Unit Owner Cold!
G.M. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am member of a condo association. I have inherited a $10,000 Air Conditioner expenditure due to negligence and management by my condominium. I have presented my case to them and the claim. My family and I cannot afford this cost and we cannot... Read More



October 25, 2016

Association Tows Vehicle with ADA Placard
J.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My 39-unit building has 2 ADA spaces – one of which is constantly utilized by one resident – who does have an ADA placard – as a 3rd space for their unit. We are deeded 2 spaces each. HOA rules clearly govern the ADA... Read More



October 22, 2016

Condo Damage Caused by Unit Owner Suffering from Dementia
D.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Upstairs neighbor has Alzheimer’s/dementia, lives alone. Water leaking into downstairs neighbor’s, creating electrical fire danger. She won’t let anyone in. Mister Condo replies: D.M., I am sorry you and your association... Read More



October 21, 2016

Condo Elevator Replacement Causes Special Assessment for First Floor Residents
M.J. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, Quick question for you from California. Living in a condo building that needs a new elevator at some point in the future. The HOA wants to make a special assessment for the new elevator. Do the people living on the first floor have to pay for this... Read More



October 20, 2016

Years-old Condo Water Intrusion Leads to Mold Today!
A.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I moved into this condo on October 27 of 1997. On November 1 of 1997, I noticed water pooling around the base of the downspout in a corner of the unit. I reported this to the board and they installed an extension to the downspout and then …... Read More



October 19, 2016

Common Fees May Need to Double, Maybe Triple at this Small Condo!
D.J. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Mr. Condo, help! Our 6-unit Association is improperly managed and I’m looking for the best way to begin the process of getting us to more stable ground. Our Board is defunct, with no President, and our Treasurer takes care of all... Read More



October 18, 2016

Condo Board Not Reflecting Executive Session Decisions in Monthly Minutes
R.J. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The board meets in executive session and does not report on its activities or record public minutes. They do not disclose suits in foreclosure either by board actions or joint with mortgage holders. I believe a monthly statement of foreclosure... Read More



October 15, 2016

Condo Board Dictates Windows at Owner’s Expense
J.E. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Why does the condo board dictate window type if the individual homeowner is responsible for windows but not their siding or roof? Mister Condo replies: J.E., the reason is architectural compliance and it is a bone of contention between... Read More



October 14, 2016

Creating and Enforcing Condo Parking Lot Rules
K.M. from Chicago, IL writes: Dear Mister Condo, What are the rules and regulations of private parking lots for town homes / condominiums? A resident who lives in my complex keeps his car parked in parking space a long period of time without moving the car. The person uses car for a storage area.... Read More



October 13, 2016

Condo Parking Lot Fees Mingled with Operating Fund
R.P. from Chicago, IL writes: Dear Mister Condo, The parking fees at my condo were recently increased. According to our association rules, the increase in parking money can only be used make improvements to the parking lot. The money is going into the general budget. Is that right? Mister Condo... Read More



October 12, 2016

Static Noise in Condo Caused by Unknown Source
T.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a static noise coming from one interior wall in my condo living room. When I apply pressure to the wall the noise stops. It is only happening on the last 4 weekends. Any ideas what it could be or how I can get it …... Read More



October 11, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Turns Common Area Into Work Area!
D.T. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a Condo complex, is my neighbor allowed to use power tools outside in the courtyard? I am assuming this is a common area and it is very noisy and shrill. Our association rules state that “No occupant shall make or permit any... Read More



October 8, 2016

Community Manager Test Specifics
J.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, When and Where is the next state test to become a community manager? Mister Condo replies: J.B., that is a great question! You can always get up to the minute information at the CAI-CT website at caict.org and, in particular, on the Manager... Read More



October 7, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Wants Permission to Work on Rooftop HVAC
J.M. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a Florida condo NOT permit you to go on your section of roof to maintain and fix your own owned HVAC system? This condo is located in Pasco County. The HVAC packaged rooftop is unit owned and was owner installed. We have permit and receipt.... Read More



October 6, 2016

HOA Board Assigning Parking Spaces
T.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have 14 units and 28 parking spaces. The HOA is currently talking about assigning one parking space per unit. Is this a good idea? Mister Condo replies: T.S., management of common resources and elements like the parking lot is the... Read More



October 5, 2016

Surprise! Your Condo Has Leasing Restrictions!
M.L. from Washington, D.C. writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo board has updated rules for the building that include: annual fees for renting units, limiting how many units can have renters, and charging for moves in and out of the building. None of these rules were in place when we bought the... Read More



October 4, 2016

Condo Renter Accused of Rules Violations by Unit Owner
M.G. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a renter at a condo. An owner is making false complaints about me to the management office. What can I do? Mister Condo replies: M.G., I am sorry to learn that you are on the receiving end of false complaints. No one enjoys being accused of …... Read More



October 1, 2016

Knock, Knock! HOA Says the Townhouse Door Needs to Go!
M.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I purchased a townhouse in October of 2014. I got a letter in the mail today stating that my front door is not in compliance with the CC&Rs and that I need to purchase and install a door that meets specs. The door on the unit …... Read More



September 30, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Changes Locks to Block HOA Access
M.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The Association I belong to has a problem owner who has repeatedly changed her locks from the Association supplied locks to hardware from a home center. The building is on a master key system to ensure emergency maintenance and repairs can... Read More



September 29, 2016

Sibling of Unit Owner Wants to Serve on the Condo Board
M.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a sibling of an owner who has been a resident for many years be on the Board of Directors? Mister Condo replies: M.D., that is entirely dependent on what your governing documents state as requirements for serving on the Board.... Read More



September 28, 2016

Publishing Delinquent Condo Owners Information in the Condo Newsletter!
S.E. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Have you ever written on the topic of Boards wanting to publicize the names and addresses of delinquent homeowners in their newsletter and if so where in your archives might I find your comments? Mister Condo replies: S.E., I have not... Read More



September 27, 2016

Floods Tearing Apart Small Condo Neighbors
V.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, A 2-unit condo driveway is part of the common areas. Due to grading problem, when it rains, the garage in my unit floods and if it the rain is severe the neighbor’s garage also floods and both of our porches flood. The driveway would... Read More



September 24, 2016

Condo Resident Seeks Board’s Assistance Stopping Thrown Glass from Above
M.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Resident on 1st floor condo said glass was thrown from above not fallen or blown over with wind. I asked if he saw this happen. He said no he just heard a loud noise and it wasn’t until the morning that he noticed the glass. No... Read More



September 23, 2016

Condo Board Decides to Replace Decks That May Not Need Replacing!
S.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The board wants to replace porches that were built 11 years ago according to City Code. I hired an architect and discussed this with the city and they agree that they are not dangerous. Yes, codes have changed but this would be... Read More



September 22, 2016

Condo’s Handicapped Parking Only Available to Visitors
M.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My parents and sister live in a condo with 2 spaces allowed for each condo, the garage and the space in front of the garage. The rest of the spaces are for visitors. However, my father just got diagnosed with lymphoma and has been given a... Read More



September 21, 2016

Condo Flood Insurance Inadequately Provided
C.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My association refuses to increase its flood insurance. I want to sell my unit. the cost of individual policies are high. It would be more cost effective to raise the whole building cost but they won’t. Do I have any options? Mister... Read More



September 20, 2016

Can a Person Suing the Condo Association Serve on its Board?
L.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Homeowners Association is currently being sued by an individual who is neither an owner nor a renter. This individual is a live-in who lives with the owner of the condo in which they currently reside. The person who has sued the HOA... Read More



September 17, 2016

Borrowing From the Condo Reserve Fund: Is that OK?
L.P. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can Condos in Connecticut use Capital Reserve Funds to pay for operating and general repairs? Can the Board borrow the money from the Reserve fund and then later pay it back with a Special Assessment? Mister Condo replies: L.P., “can they”... Read More



September 16, 2016

Raising Common Fees to Pay for Condo Owner’s Delinquency
T.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If a unit goes into foreclosure, can the Board raise the common fees of the other unit owners to pay for the another unit owner’s bad debt? Mister Condo replies: T.M., it is unfortunate, to say the least, when unit owners default on... Read More



September 15, 2016

Condo Neighbor from Hell!
L.Z. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo in Connecticut where 100 units are spread out over some 60 acres. It is a quiet, well-manicured, and well maintained complex. A unit owner that moved in 2 units away from me has our area in a state of disbelief with how …... Read More



September 14, 2016

What Right to Raise Issues Does a Non-Unit Owner Have at a Condo Board Meeting?
R.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a non-Unit Owner resident raise issues at an Executive Committee meeting? Mister Condo replies: R.B., from a very technical standpoint, without a power of attorney from the owner of the unit where the non-owner resides or a request from the... Read More



September 13, 2016

Shedding Some Light on Condo Solar Panels
L.S. from Tolland County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the legality on solar panels for condominiums and their by-laws? Mister Condo replies: L.S., as you know, I am not an attorney so I cannot offer any legal advice in this column. For a legal opinion, kindly consult with a qualified attorney... Read More



September 10, 2016

Illinois Condo Rental Cap Implementation
N.S. from Illinois writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo board was informed that they had illegally implemented a rental cap in our building when the board was first formed. They repealed the rental cap and put a new rental cap to a vote. The board’s proposed rental cap was not voted in by the... Read More



September 9, 2016

30-Year Condo Unit Owner Not Feeling Good Vibrations!
B.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in and own my condo. I have been here 30 years. The condo is 40 years old. I live on the top floor, 3rd floor. I have vibration coming from the unit on my bedroom side, and I am aware of what it is. …... Read More



September 8, 2016

New HOA Paint Job Has Unit Owners Seeing Red!
D.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our HOA is going to repaint. The colors to be used on half the townhouses is to be gray. The vast majority of the affected homeowners do not want gray. How do we get a reluctant board to remand their decision? Mister Condo replies: D.H.,... Read More



September 7, 2016

Condo Association Forecloses Against Landlord at Renter’s Expense
L.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the condo association take my apartment if they have a lien on it for failure to pay assessment because they overcharged us on one part? They charged us for something that belongs to the owners to take care of as per the bylaws and... Read More



September 3, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Hospitalization Causes Missed Common Fee Payment
L.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have lived in my condo for 4 years. This past quarter I was late due to hospitalization. Actually, I didn’t realize I was late. I paid the bill as soon as I got the notice. They are demanding I pay the $25.00 late fee. I …... Read More



September 2, 2016

Who Pays to Replace Deeded Condo Carport Pavement?
P.P. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association is planning to pave all the pavement and carports next summer. Not all unit owners own a carport. Each carport is owned individually and has a separate deed. The condo association will be getting the funds through an assessment of... Read More



September 1, 2016

Condo Board Discontinues Irrigation Program; Risks Curb Appeal for Savings
A.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Association Board proposed decommissioning irrigation system in order to avoid raising our dues. We have 88 units, older population on a fixed income, but one of the nicest Condo Associations in the city. Our dues have not been raised... Read More



August 31, 2016

Small Condo Reserve Fund Basics
S.B. from Chicago writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a Chicago 4-unit condo building (there are hundreds of these in Chicago). Our building is worth approximately $2 million, and was built in 2005. Total square feet is approximately 6000. We have no elevator. Insurance makes up almost half our... Read More



August 30, 2016

Second Floor Added to Condo Being Reported as a Second Condo!
T.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo in a four-unit complex. I am bidding out insurance. A woman at one insurance company, told me she insures my neighbors two condos in our complex. He only owns one condo, although his second floor does have its own entrance.... Read More



August 27, 2016

How Do You Hold a Condo Annual Meeting?
P.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the process for holding an annual meeting? Mister Condo replies: P.S., the Annual Meeting is the most important meeting of the year for condo unit owners. Two very important pieces of business need to be done here. Board Members need to... Read More



August 26, 2016

Adverse Possession at the Condo?
M.H. from Michigan writes: Dear Mister Condo, My family has been in possession of a condo in Michigan since 1969 at which time the parking spots for this unit and the unit of my neighbor were switched per an agreement. In September, 2000 the neighbor died and gave a written note to my new neighbor... Read More



August 25, 2016

Is It Up To The HOA Board To Decide What Is or Isn’t Acceptable?
C.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If something is not specifically allowed or disallowed in our HOA bylaws (we are a site condo), does that mean it is up to the board to decide whether it is acceptable or not? Mister Condo replies: C.B., the short answer is “it... Read More



August 24, 2016

Condo Board Requests Removal of 40-Year-Old Decorative Gates
B.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have had decorative gates on my front door for 40 years. Does the condo board now have the right to force me to remove them? Mister Condo replies: B.S., the decorative front gates that have adorned your condo for the past 40 years fall... Read More



August 23, 2016

Condo Parking Lot Repairs Leaves Unit Owner Without Nearby Parking
R.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have lived in a condo for four years and was assigned two parking spots; one in the front, and one in the third row assigned numerically. They just assessed the owners for repairs on the parking lot. After they finished they reassigned... Read More



August 20, 2016

Does the HOA Have a Say in Who I Hire for My Own Basement Repair?
B.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo HOA force me to use their maintenance person as a contractor to repair something inside my own unit? I have a problem in the basement with moisture on the wall. It is not clear whether it is coming from my unit, another unit,... Read More



August 19, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Damages Garage Door. Who Pays?
B.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If a unit owner damages his own garage door and the rails hinges or moving parts is he responsible for his own repairs? Mister Condo replies: B.C., the short answer is “it depends”. Typically, any owner who intentionally damages any... Read More



August 18, 2016

Condo Association Repairs Damaged Patio – Kind of…
J.I. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If my board hires and pays a contractor to repair my patio, and I am not happy with the work that was done, can I withhold payment and refuse to reimburse the Board? Mister Condo replies: J.I., the short answer is “no”, you cannot do... Read More



August 17, 2016

Condo Trustees Overstepping Their Authority
J.P. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Elected trustees are taking actions opposed by a majority of owners and claiming a fiduciary responsibility. Actions which require extraordinary special assessments. Mister Condo replies: J.P., when condo Trustees or Directors overstep their... Read More



August 16, 2016

Who Hires the Contractor Paid for with Association Insurance?
K.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I had interior damage from ice dams not taken care of by the condo association. The association filed a claim and was paid. They are now saying that I have to allow them to repair the inside damage and that I cannot get my own contractors... Read More



August 13, 2016

Does Condo Board Need to Report Burglaries to Unit Residents?
M.S. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is a Palm Beach County, Florida condo board prohibited from informing residents about burglaries? Mister Condo replies: M.S., in my opinion, quite the opposite is more likely true. An attorney friend of mine from Florida, named Lisa Magill from the... Read More



August 12, 2016

Changing Unlimited Condo Trustee Term of Service to Limited
M.C. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo docs provide for an unlimited Trustee term of service. Some owners want to change this to a fixed term (let’s say 24 months). The condo docs require 75% owner approval to do this, if 75% of owners agree and make this change how does... Read More



August 11, 2016

Condo Boat Dock Rules Enforcement
J.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo with a “first come, first served” ruling. I was told If I go out fishing and someone is in my spot they can stay there. I thought once I put my boat in I was good for the season? Thank You! …... Read More



August 10, 2016

Wanted: Board President!
J.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What to do if no one wants to be board president? Mister Condo replies: J.B., this is a question I am hearing more and more often these days and I have to say it makes me a bit sad. Serving on your condo Board can be a …... Read More



August 9, 2016

Handicapped Owner Seeking Permission to Modify Association Pathway
L.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My wife is handicapped and it is very difficult for her to navigate the path to our back door. We are willing to pay to repave that walkway. Does the condo association have to allow us to do that? Mister Condo replies: L.H., I am sorry... Read More



August 6, 2016

Proper Procedure for Condo Board Appointees and Nominees
S.M. from Virginia writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are a small (153 unit) condo community in Northern Virginia. Our annual meeting is coming up and I believe there are 3 seats open on the board: 1 expiring and 2 appointees. I would like to know if we are interpreting our bylaw correctly. “Vacancies... Read More



August 5, 2016

Can HOA Meeting Minutes Be Posted to the Web and Not Mailed to Owners?
M.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do the HOA minutes have to be sent to all owners or can they be put on the web page? Mister Condo replies: M.G., that completely depends on state and local law as well as your governing documents, with the former superseding the latter.... Read More



August 4, 2016

Can I Publish Condo Meeting Board Minutes on My Own Web Page?
J.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can I publish Board Minutes on my personal web page? Mister Condo replies: J.C., as a general rule, Minutes from an association meeting are considered property of the association. Just like Minutes from any company’s Board meeting are... Read More



August 3, 2016

Who Chooses Contractor to Repair Damage Done to My Unit?
J.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The HOA did a plumbing clean out and damaged my unit’s flooring. The HOA took responsibility and now they picked a contractor to repair the damage. I want to pick my own licensed specialty contractor. The board has said that they have... Read More



August 2, 2016

Illegally Parked Car on the Condo Common Grounds Leads to Illegal Activity
L. from parts unknown writes: Dear Mister Condo, I reported an illegally parked car (backed in) in my condo complex. The car had front damage, back damage, and a cracked windshield. It had been there for 6 days. Management has recently claimed that it’s on site at least three times per week.... Read More



July 30, 2016

Minnesota Condo 10% Reserve Fund Requirement Questioned. Uff Da!
G.B. from Minnesota writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the requirement for a reserve fund maintained by a condo association? In Michigan the law reads “maintain a reserve fund, which the annual funding, at a minimum, shall be equal to 10% of the association’s current annual budget on a... Read More



July 29, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Correspondence Not Being Read at Unit Owner Meetings
A.C. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does the secretary have to read correspondence received at a unit owners meeting? Mister Condo replies: A.C., the Board Secretary has many important roles. Sending and receiving correspondence from unit owners and even other folks outside the... Read More



July 28, 2016

Condo’s Percentage of Unit Ownership Formula Not Being Followed
J.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a six-unit condo building. Three of the units are 2 bedrooms and 3 are one bedrooms. We have always paid our maintenance, repair and replacement of common elements, and assessments, in proportion to the % of ownership. Recently... Read More



July 27, 2016

Unit Owner’s Fiancé Banned from the Community Association
P.S. from New Hampshire writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have lived with my fiancé for over 5 years. At times we have fought and screamed at each other for many different reasons and I know that we live in a Condo with close neighbors and that our fighting at times was heard by them. We …... Read More



July 26, 2016

Condo Special Assessment is Due but Repairs are Not Made!
P.F. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo in NY and we have a special assessment in progress to repair leaks since February of 2014. I have made many attempts to contact the board but they have done nothing to repair my leak. Can I withhold my assessment and maintenance... Read More



July 23, 2016

Condo Developer Transition Complete; Or Is It?
R.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! I purchased a building and developed 3 condo apartments and sold them between 2006 and 2008. I was the original member of the condo association as we were selling them. Then the 3 owners took over the association and never filed the... Read More



July 22, 2016

Condo Renter Smoking Out Other Unit Owners
B.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are a small association, 4 units. Our current bylaws do not prohibit smoking on our common property–deck, parking areas, etc. One of the owners has rented his unit to a smoker, and did not put a no smoking clause in the lease. If... Read More



July 21, 2016

Condo Heating Season Starts Too Late!
C.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When are they supposed to turn on the heat each year? This past October was very chilly in my condo. People are complaining about not having any heat. When does the heat have to be turned on? Mister Condo replies: C.P., unless specifically... Read More



July 20, 2016

Fellow Unit Owners Creating Unbearable Condo Rooftop Noise!
M.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live on the top floor of a 60-unit condo building. The noise from the roof deck is unbearable. I have lived in the city for several years and have a reasonable expectation of noise levels. The noise was not disclosed in the purchase and... Read More



July 19, 2016

Delinquent Condo Common Fee Statute of Limitations
C.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is there a statute of limitations for collecting outstanding condo fees? Mister Condo replies: C.B., common fees should be collected as they come due to the association. The association has by-laws in their declaration that outlines what happens... Read More



July 16, 2016

Deep Question About a Condo Elevator Sump Pump
J.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a sump pump at the bottom of our elevator shaft. Is there a law or code that says the cover must be metal and able to withstand 300 lbs? Mister Condo replies: J.G., I will be the first to admit when I am in …... Read More



July 15, 2016

Condo Association Facing the Music (Royalties, that is!)
C.J. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is our condo association required to pay music royalties to organizations such as SESAC? Mister Condo replies: C.J., I am always impressed when I get a “first time question”. No one has ever asked me about music royalties as they pertain to... Read More



July 14, 2016

Condo Association Radon Mitigation
R.F. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Who’s responsible to pay for radon mitigation? Association or Condo Owner? Mister Condo replies: R.F., I am sorry you have a radon problem in your condo and that it is unclear who should pay for that mitigation. As with most items that... Read More



July 13, 2016

Who Approves Condo Association Fire Lanes?
D.S. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can an association put in a fire lane without a fire marshal approval? Mister Condo replies: D.S., if the association owns the roads and parking lots within its boundaries, they are more or less free to designate fire lanes, parking areas, and... Read More



July 12, 2016

Washington State Condo Lien Conundrum
J.R. from Washington State writes: Dear Mister Condo, A unit in our condominium community foreclosed after the death of the owner; after sale, any outstanding assessment prior to the sale was no longer collectible. Washington State RCW 64.32.200 states, “Where the mortgagee of a mortgage of... Read More



July 9, 2016

Condo Board Service or Amenity?
S.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am an original owner of a townhouse condo since 1987 in a Florida condominium of more than 100 units. Ever since conception of this condominium in 1987, every unit has had a security system monitored and paid for through our association... Read More



July 8, 2016

Lack of Condo FHA Certification Prevents Mortgage Approval
T.S. from Virginia writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am trying to sell my condo townhouse that I have owned for many years. I found a buyer and accepted his offer. Right before closing the lender said that they could not complete the mortgage for the buyer because the condo HOA is not FHA compliant. I... Read More



July 7, 2016

Can The Board Remove a Fellow Member of the Board for Breaking Rules?
J.P. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How can you remove a Board of Director member who consistently breaks the rules? Mister Condo replies: J.P., the process for removing a Director is likely outlined in your governing documents. Typically, the Board is not empowered to do so; the... Read More



July 6, 2016

Can a Board Member from outside the Association be Contracted to Serve?
T.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are you aware of any circumstances in which the board of a community association has a “contract” board member?  Specifically, a person who is serving as a treasurer, does not own a property in the community, and presumably is paid... Read More



July 2, 2016

Condo Common Fees Raised Unevenly
A.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo building consists of 50 units in varying sizes: 2 bedroom, 1 bedroom and studio. The current monthly fees already cover expenses with a surplus for Reserves. However, based upon a recent audit, the board desires to build an even... Read More



July 1, 2016

Phantom Condo Board
D.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo has more “lock and leave” owners and investors than residents. Our Property Manager is pretty slick at coming up with excuses that are blatant lies and puts out Board Minutes with these things in writing. Somehow we get a... Read More



June 30, 2016

HOA Board President Attempts to Restrict Service Animal
J.B. from Colorado writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condos do not allow dogs. The HOA board president says service dogs are not allowed. I am looking into getting a service dog for my disability. I have owned my unit for almost 2 years. There are 48 units in the complex. Can the board prevent me... Read More



June 29, 2016

Condo Renter Complaining of Loud Rooftop Air Conditioner Noise
K.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am on the board of our association and we have been working with a renter on the top floor (3rd) of our garden community who is complaining of high levels of noise coming from the roof through her ceiling. Unfortunately for this unit,... Read More



June 28, 2016

Must I Provide Phone Number and Email to Other Condo Unit Owners?
P.R. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Am I obligated to share my phone number & email address with other unit owners within my condo association in Massachusetts? Mister Condo replies: P.R., when you purchase into a common interest community association like a condominium, you are... Read More



June 25, 2016

Inspection of Condominium Records by New Board Member
B.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! After years of dealing with an uncooperative Board that doesn’t communicate anything to the homeowners, I finally was elected to serve as a Board member. I was elected because the majority of the people in our development want... Read More



June 24, 2016

Condo Handicapped Parking for Secondary Vehicle?
M.F. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m a handicapped person who has two cars. Because I’m single and live alone. I mostly park my second car in over flow parking. Family with 3 or 4 drivers can park by their unit. Is there any law to help me change this condo rule? Mister... Read More



June 23, 2016

Smokey Robinson’s Condo Insurance Advice
B.G. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The insurance for our Association is extremely expensive. Do you know what the best companies are that are most affordable? We are a small Association. Mister Condo replies: B.G., I am reminded of the Smokey Robinson classic, “Shop Around”,... Read More



June 22, 2016

“Two For Tuesday” Condo Questions on Handicapped Parking and Late Payments
M.M. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is the association responsible for supplying at least one handicap space in the parking lot? Can the association not accept payment for late common charges? Mister Condo replies: M.M., it looks like it’s a “Two for Tuesday” today. Two... Read More



June 21, 2016

Condo Carport Can’t Be Used for Parking!
A.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, When I purchased my condo, it was listed under MLS and sold as a one car garage and a carport. Now, two years later, I am being told that there is NO PARKING under a deck or any room (which is my carport). The by-laws were written …... Read More



June 18, 2016

Upstairs Condo Unit Owner Allows for Potential Flooding of Downstairs Unit
R.L. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My husband and I live in a two-unit Victorian condo. The attic and the 2nd and 3rd floors belong to another owner and are considered Unit 2. We own the 1st floor and the ground floor and it is considered Unit 1. Our heating system has been... Read More



June 17, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Seeking To Keep Visitor as a Non-Resident
C.T. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo board is insisting my boyfriend who comes over once a month fill out an additional resident application. I don’t want him to be a resident. We have a child together and he comes here to see his son but does not live here. I... Read More



June 16, 2016

Condo Minutes Reflecting Board Member Recall
J.W. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My association held a special unit owners meeting to vote on removing a board member. After the petitioner gave the rationale for wanting the board member removed, there were comments from individual owners either in support of the removal or... Read More



June 15, 2016

Law to Limit the Amount of Condo Common Fee Increases?
V.C. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does Connecticut have a law that regulates how high HOA fees can be increased in one year? The HOA fees were raised 15% for 2015 with the promise that fees would not increase again for 3 years. Then an ‘adjustment’ was made from what... Read More



June 14, 2016

Condo Association Governance Review Questions
M.F. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, When we moved into our condo in November 2011, of course, we received the CC&Rs (master that applied to all 1000+ homeowners in the HOA) and the separate CC&Rs that applied to the condo SBA (special benefit area of almost 200 condos). We were... Read More



June 11, 2016

Question of Leaking Condo Basement Responsibility
T.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, One of our residents has lived in his unit for approximately 2 years. The unit is 8 years old. Within the last 6 months, the owner has had an issue with roughly an inch of water in the basement. He never had an issue before that. Then, …... Read More



June 10, 2016

Condo Unit Owner’s Contractor Damages Temporary Fix on Neighbor’s Roof
A.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently replaced a new centralized AC system. My contractor stepped on someone else’s ceiling. We found out that the ceiling was damaged before and an on-site contractor put a temp fix e.g. a piece of wood on the hole. The... Read More



June 9, 2016

Finding a Quality Property Manager for Your Condo
C.D. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How do I find a quality property manager? Mister Condo replies: C.D., property managers come in all shapes and sizes. Some excel at managing large properties. Some excel at managing smaller associations. Some condo associations prefer a manager... Read More



June 8, 2016

Condo Waste Water Stack Floods Unit Owner’s Kitchen!
C.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo in a high rise building. The water waste stack supporting several units on the floors directly above me and directly below me became clogged and water backed up into my kitchen damaging my floor. Is the condo association... Read More



June 7, 2016

Not Happy With Contractor’s Work at Condo
T.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can my unit owner board tell me not to talk to contractor’s or file a BBB complaint? Mister Condo replies: The Board may ask you to not speak with contractors while they are on site and they may ask you not to file any complaints... Read More



June 4, 2016

Can I Repair My Own Condo Roof?
F.C. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our association needs to replace our roofs. It will require a 2 layer tear off. They did not save enough for the project and they need to borrow money to do so. They were supposed to be ready for next month but need to redo the bylaws …... Read More



June 3, 2016

When Small Condo Trustees Don’t Agree…
K.M. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m a Trustee in a 2-unit condo. The condo is self-managed and dysfunctional. No voting is occurring. The other Trustee is selling their unit, and has a buyer. There are some outstanding repair issues that I have tried to resolve with the... Read More



June 2, 2016

Condo President Spending Unauthorized Association Funds on Repairs
T.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am one of five board members in my condo complex. As a board, we agreed to pay a contractor $75K to do various jobs that were sorely needed, as the previous board deferred maintenance for 10+ years. However, the president, who is retired,... Read More



June 1, 2016

Who Is Responsible for Shared Condo Driveway?
J.F. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I share a driveway with another unit. The driveway needs resurfacing. The association says my neighbor and I are responsible for the cost of this repair. I have been told that CT condo law requires the association to pay for driveway repairs. Is... Read More



May 31, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!
All of us at AskMisterCondo.com would like to wish our readers a Happy Memorial Day! We are thankful for all of your great questions that keep us busy and engaged with you throughout the year. We’ll be relaxing with family and friends today and hope that you are able to do the same. New... Read More



May 28, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Seeking Refund of “Unused” Common Fees Upon Sale of Unit
R.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a small condo complex. One unit owner is selling his unit. He has been a very ineffective President of the condo Association since its conception. He claims that the gardener did not complete his work and we have a few things that... Read More



May 27, 2016

Condo Trespassers Bringing Their Dogs to Condo Grounds
P.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a question on fines. We are fined if our dogs go on the grass or common areas within our condo area. However, people often come from outside areas and their dogs go but nothing happens to them. Can the condo board fine it’s... Read More



May 26, 2016

Minutes from Private Meetings of Condo Board Members
L.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can homeowners read minutes of private meetings by board members only? Mister Condo replies: L.K., minutes are official records of associations. As such, they are open to be inspected by any member of the association requesting to do so.... Read More



May 25, 2016

Condo Parking Lot Abused by Renters and Overnight Guests
C.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a Visitor spaces that are taken up each evening by overnight guests and renters on a frequent basis. The spaces are for occasional short term visitors staying less than 24 hours. No resident parking is allowed. What should we put... Read More



May 24, 2016

Condo Board Issues Fines Without Warnings
J.C. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can condo board issue fines without a warning first? Mister Condo replies: J.C., that depends on two things. What do the by-laws state? What do the state laws state? In Connecticut, where I live, the Board is required by law under the Common... Read More



May 21, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Suing Association for Deductible on Vehicle Vandalism
D.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, An owner in our condo claims part of his fender was stolen in our parking lot. There is no video surveillance of this event and he has been paid by his insurance company. He is suing in small claims court for the deductible. Our attorney... Read More



May 20, 2016

Condo Association Denies Parking for Renter
L.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! I live in a condo where there is no parking area. The building is inside the compound. I normally park at the ground floor in front of the building. However, things have changed when the landowner requires us to pay a parking fee.... Read More



May 19, 2016

Condo Chimney Liner Improperly Installed; Who Pays for Repair?
C.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We had our chimney cleaned recently and the company that did it found that the prefab liner is constructed of an insulated metal chimney pipe, the metal chimney pipe was improperly connected to the fireplace unit and the HOA says is our... Read More



May 18, 2016

Is Overhanging Condo Roof “Immediately Adjoining”?
G.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live on a fourth floor, end unit. The third floor roof extends beyond the dimensions of my unit. I am preparing to request a grant from our trustees for exclusive use of the limited common space on the rooftop above the third floor unit,... Read More



May 17, 2016

Smoked Out by Renting Condo Neighbors
J.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a rule at our condo that states “no noxious or offensive activity shall be carried on in any unit or in the common areas; nor shall anything be done willfully or negligently which may be or become an annoyance or nuisance to the... Read More



May 14, 2016

Co-op Tenant Unhappy with Unit Condition and Lack of Maintenance
T.R. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have rented a unit in a Co-op for 10 years and all the windows leak causing major damage over the years. In addition, the bathroom has had a leak since before I rented and still exists. Due to the leaks, I have never been able to …... Read More



May 13, 2016

Condo Insurance Deductible Payment Required Before Repair Work is Completed
A.S. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! The condominium’s insurance is covering the repairs to my kitchen after a flood in the upstairs unit resulted in my kitchen being taken down to the studs. The work has not yet been completed, but they have already billed me for their... Read More



May 12, 2016

HOA Board Governing but Not by The Rules!
D.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, There are 29 homes in my HOA. The board refuses to get training and dictates policy based on their judgement. They have dictated that we have to clear the snow from sidewalks in front of our lot. My lot front has a 10 foot set back. …... Read More



May 11, 2016

Condo Renter Exceeds Allowable Cars and Gets Towed!
C.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Under my lease I am allowed 2 parking spaces. We are a family of 4 and have 4 cars. I registered all with “the board” and parked the extra 2 in visitors. They got towed. So I requested to park them in visitors, the board said …... Read More



May 10, 2016

What Type of Condo Insurance Covers an Arbitrated Dispute?
R.J. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association was involved in a lawsuit this past year which was recently settled through arbitration. The association’s defense was funded by the association’s insurance company. The dispute was over the assessment of cost to... Read More



May 7, 2016

Texas Condo President May Need Some Training and Guidance
B.S. from Texas writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 118-unit condo consisting of numerous townhouses. Recently, our president struck parking restrictions, unilaterally. They were allowing one car on street, the rest in your double garage. Worked well for 15+ yrs. Within 1 year, our landlord... Read More



May 6, 2016

How Many Condo Meeting Agenda Items on One Proxy?
V.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can you add Budget approval to your annual meeting proxy, along with the board member names that are up for re-election? or do you need to send out a separate ballot for budget approval? Mister Condo replies: V.C., that’s a great question and... Read More



May 5, 2016

Personal Use of Condo Unit Owner Mailing List
L.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can Board members utilize the association’s official unit-owner mailing list for personal communications? And if so, must they give individual unit-owners likewise access to the mailing list on-demand?   Mister Condo replies:... Read More



May 4, 2016

Condo Board Not Following Master Deed or By-Laws
D.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What course of action can one take if the board does not follow bylaws and Master Deed? Mister Condo replies: D.V., condo Boards are made up of volunteer members from within the community association. They are elected or appointed to... Read More



May 3, 2016

Exercising Tenant Creates HOA Challenge
C.S. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our tenant has a medical issue and exercises 30 minutes to an hour each day. The tenant in the unit below us also has a medical issue and is constantly complaining about the noise and vibration from our tenant. In the past our tenant exercised while... Read More



April 30, 2016

Not Enough Time Given To Pay Condo Special Assessment
M.D. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a leaky roof that needs to be repaired in our condo. A special assessment was done and they are saying $4,000 is due in less than 30 days. Do they have to give you time to come up with that kind of money? Mister Condo replies: …... Read More



April 29, 2016

Condo Association Caused Damage Left Unrepaired
N.R. from Wisconsin writes: Dear Mister Condo, An association water pipe burst causing flooding to my unit. The association repaired everything except the bathroom floor and carpeting. The bathroom floor was damaged and the carpeting smells musty despite having it cleaned twice at their expense.... Read More



April 28, 2016

No Designated Condo Parking Spaces
C.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do you know if condos are required to have designated parking spaces? We do not and people park wherever they want. Problem being one resident is saying that we are breaking the law by not having designated parking spaces. Mister Condo... Read More



April 27, 2016

Condo Neighbor Crosses the Line
S.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My neighbor’s and my parking spaces are next to each other. They are always parking on the yellow line between spaces which makes parking hard for me. They don’t care when I’ve told them about it. Is there anything I can do?... Read More



April 26, 2016

Condo Exterior Not Repaired in Timely Fashion
K.T. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How long is too long to wait for siding repairs? Or any covered repair? I have contacted the Board since late April about damage to the siding on our unit. They’ve gotten one estimate which didn’t even happen until July. I was told... Read More



April 23, 2016

Condo Board Paying “Consultant Fees” to Select Unit Owners
D.W. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo has hired several “consultants”. These consultants are owners in this condo complex. The board refuses to let the other owners know who has been hired, what their job is and what salary they are receiving. Is this legal?... Read More



April 22, 2016

Condo Repaving Project Costs Unit Owner Parking Space
H.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a condo that is planning to repave and mill our parking facility. We do not have any specified handicapped spots and they are talking about taking our spot and making it a handicapped spot. Is that legal? Mister Condo replies:... Read More



April 21, 2016

Condo Board Claims It Can’t Enforce Rules Against Renters!
L.A. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am renting a condominium in California. My unit is in between two end units. Recently our HOA board sent a letter to the homeowners regarding parking issues and we attended a meeting where I was given fair warning not to allow my visitors to park in... Read More



April 20, 2016

Condo Board’s Actions Questioned By Unit Owners
K.M. from Chicago, IL writes: Dear Mister Condo, I would like to know if there are any rights that condo owners have that supersede the condo board? I would like to know if condo owners can band together to get an audit without the cooperation of the condo board? I would like to know if …... Read More



April 19, 2016

Condo Caretaker Employed Without Contract
J.G. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a board member’s brother who is considered the caretaker / maintenance guy (who has been doing a lousy job here for years). We have complained about it for as long. He is not legally contracted but instead has the approval of the board... Read More



April 16, 2016

Common Element or Limited Common Element; That is the Question!
T.F. from Chicago, IL writes: Dear Mister Condo, In the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, is a chimney / flue serving only my unit common area or a limited common element? Mister Condo replies: T.F., regardless of what part of the country you are in the common elements and limited common elements... Read More



April 15, 2016

Claws Out Over HOA Cat Enclosure!
  J.M. from North Carolina writes: Dear Mister Condo, We wanted to allow our HOA-legal indoor cats onto the porch. I scoured the governing docs for regulations. Nothing. I put up nylon deer netting, almost invisible, to contain the cats. All was well until an election installed a new HOA... Read More



April 14, 2016

Florida Condo Landlord Has Renting Rules Changed After Purchase
D.J. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, We purchased a condo in Florida to rent it out. Our closing was in June of 2015. At the time of closing, the bylaws stated you could rent out for 90 days or a 1-year lease. The association does a  background check on the renter. After we purchased... Read More



April 13, 2016

PUD Owner Denied Solar Power Access
B.N. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a Planned Unit Development (PUD). We have electric heat which is very expensive. Solar panels were brought up to the board members months back. They said that they would check into it. We never heard anything back. Nothing in writing.... Read More



April 12, 2016

Can The Board Change the Condo Annual Meeting Date?
D.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo by-laws were created in 1979. It states meetings should be held every 2nd Tuesday of June. This schedule was never followed in the past. Meetings have been held at convenience as needed. The new condo laws I read do not specify... Read More



April 9, 2016

2-Unit Condo Doing It All Wrong!
A.L. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently purchased 1 out of a 2-unit condo that was bank-owned. There is no association/condo fee. We found out after we purchased (when we tried to make a payment of our portion of the insurance) that the master policy is under my... Read More



April 8, 2016

Are Condo Board Members Allowed to Cast Proxy Votes?
J.F. from Long Island, New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, The Board of Managers of my condo “shall not cast any of its votes for the election of any member to the Board”. Homeowners have the right to vote by proxy. Can the proxy be a board member? The BOMs personally solicited election... Read More



April 7, 2016

Marking the Condo Parking Lot to Confuse Burglars
C.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have had some burglary attempts on some of our units after the tenants have left for the day. We are looking to change our assigned parking numbers from actually indicating which unit the space belongs to to some kind of random number... Read More



April 6, 2016

Non-Smoking Condo Unit Dweller Fined For Littering Cigarette Butts!
E.C. from Illinois writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am the owner of a “rent to buy” condo unit; my buyer in his 4th of 6th year term to buy. The board has directed the management company to inform me via a letter just received, that because my buyer has thrown cigarette butts in the common …... Read More



April 5, 2016

Condo Board Request Unit Owner Mortgage Loan Info
B.S. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I just received an email from the condo association saying all unit owners have to provide the name of the bank and the mortgage number back to them. Isn’t my mortgage number personal info? Do I have to give it to them? Mister Condo replies:... Read More



April 2, 2016

Current Condo Board Obligated to Contracts from Previous Board
M.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a new Board terminate an existing contract with a management company that was recently hired by the previous Board President? We believe the management company’s actions are incompetent, unresponsive and ineffective and do not serve... Read More



April 1, 2016

Enforcing Condo’s “No Rooftop Satellite Dish” Rule
J.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Owner refuses to abide by rule regarding placement of Direct TV dish on roof. How do we enforce this rule? Mister Condo replies: J.G., rules enforcement begins with the associations rules and regulations. If there is a rule in place prohibiting... Read More



March 31, 2016

Cognitive and Physical Abilities Questioned of Aged Condo Board Members
A.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, How are age-restricted condos (55+ years old) faring nationally when it comes to good governance (e.g., adequate reserves, fiscal soundness, effective ongoing maintenance, etc.)? Our average age in a retiree community marketed to... Read More



March 30, 2016

Must Condo Association Provide Handicapped Parking for Renter?
J.D. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo association with no assigned parking spaces. Is the condo association required to provide handicapped parking spaces to renters who do not have a lease with the owner of the condo? Mister Condo replies: J.D., generally... Read More



March 29, 2016

Condo Unit Owner Blamed for Mystery Water Leak
J.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a unit on the second floor of my condo building. The unit under me is empty and has been foreclosed by the bank. While realtors, also working for the management company, were showing the unit, they found a leak in the ceilings of the... Read More



March 26, 2016

Lack of Reserve Fund Hinders Condo Sale
L.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m getting ready to put my condo on the Market, but just found out the our HOA has no money in reserves fund. They just decided on an assessment and will take effect next month. Will I have trouble selling? Should I wait until... Read More



March 25, 2016

Required Amount of Condo Visitor Parking
J.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, How many visitors parking space does a 56-unit condo require? Mister Condo replies: J.A., regardless of size, I am not aware of any “requirement” for a condominium to provide parking. It is bad planning to not provide parking and it... Read More



March 24, 2016

Peace and Quiet Lacking at This Cape Cod Condo
C.A. from Cape Cod, Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are currently struggling with the noise level that comes along with a fire pit that the condo trustees planted less than 25 feet from our bedroom window!! We are an end unit and they thought that this would be a great spot. We have... Read More



March 23, 2016

Is a Condo Tag Sale a Good Idea?
E.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a Board of Director member of a condo and want to propose amending our rules and regulations to allow one yard sale a year for our residents. Currently it is not prohibited in any of our documents. I am looking for sample wording. Can... Read More



March 22, 2016

Condo Unit Owners at War with Board!
P.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo board and homeowners are at war with each other. How do we promote harmony in the building? Mister Condo replies: P.A., it is always upsetting to me to learn of condominium communities that experience strained relationships... Read More



March 19, 2016

Condo Board Member Getting Paid as Condo Superintendent
L.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our superintendent recently left to take another job out of state. Our Board Vice President has assumed the position of superintendent! Can he hold both positions? I don’t know if he is being paid by the association. Do we have a right to... Read More



March 18, 2016

Condo Association Selling Common Area to a Unit Owner
I.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have an opportunity to buy some common area from our condo association to add to our condo. The common area available for sale is a back staircase. We are wondering if there is a commonly accepted rule for the price per square foot of... Read More



March 17, 2016

Failing Condo Staircase May Reveal a Failing Reserve Fund
H.O. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo in Florida and all the units on the 2nd and 3rd floors have spiral staircases made of wood that lead from the back patios to the pool area and bike parking. The stairs are becoming very old, unstable, loose, and downright scary. I have... Read More



March 16, 2016

No Minutes Taken at Condo Board Meetings!
A.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, How would I write a letter, stating, our condo did not take minutes? Who would I report to? Mister Condo replies: A.V., when a condo association does not keep meetings of their minutes, it is as if their meetings never happened. Any... Read More



March 15, 2016

Do Condo Documents Have to Be Updated When Laws Change?
J.W. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What are the implications for a condo association or Board of Directors if the association’s documents have not been updated to comply with the 2010 changes to CT condo law? Mister Condo replies: J.W., that is a great question with a few... Read More



March 12, 2016

Larger Condo Unit Pays More But Uses Less
E.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a two-story townhome built into a condo building. The condo building has a separate entrance, interior hallways, trash collection, elevators, and a covered parking garage that I cannot access or use. The community declaration... Read More



March 11, 2016

Is Condo Reserve Fund Needed for Catastrophes?
N.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our property manager says we need $50K – $60K in our Reserves just for catastrophes. Is he correct? Mister Condo replies: N.M., Reserves (more commonly referred to as the Reserve Fund) are not for catastrophes! In fact, by their very... Read More



March 10, 2016

Condo Unit Owners Asked to Borrow Their Way to Financial Stability!
J.D. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Association Board has told us that we need to borrow our way to financial stability. It will be proposing Special Assessments for attic insulation ($110K), patio railings ($178k) and aluminum wiring remediation ($500k). This is in addition to... Read More



March 9, 2016

More Condo Financial Transparency Sought
A.H. from Pennsylvania writes: Dear Mister Condo, I belong to a Condominium complex in Pennsylvania (approx. 426 units) and according to the By-Laws we are to receive copies of the audited financial statements – which are useless because the auditor cites in the report that the Board... Read More



March 8, 2016

Condo Board Chooses Not to Enforce Rules
D.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Who do I call when too many people are living in a 2-bedroom unit in my condo complex and the Board won’t do anything? Mister Condo replies: D.H., enforcement of the rules and regulations are the responsibility of the Board of your... Read More



March 5, 2016

Majority Condo Owner As Condo Manager Creates Conflict of Interest
K.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a member of my condo board. We recently discovered that our management company has not been paying the city water/sewage bill since 2011. They made a few payments but the current outstanding balance is $85K. They’ve entered into... Read More



March 4, 2016

Too Many Condo Units; Too Few Parking Spaces; No Parking Rules
J.T. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is there a designated number of visitors parking spaces needed when there is a combined condo building of 118 units? We have 18 spaces and I would like the one next to our vehicle deemed maintenance. There are visitors who park in this... Read More



March 3, 2016

Condo Owner Assessed for Uncommon Snow Removal in Common Parking Lot
T.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a unit in a small 12-unit building. The Management Company sent out a special assessment for snow removal this past winter. They said they would like us to pay it by a certain date. I was going to pay it but yesterday they sent... Read More



March 2, 2016

Michigan Condo Right to Access For Maintenance Questioned
B.S. from Michigan writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 4-unit building that is part of a larger condo. The unit at one end of the building has been in foreclosure for over six months. We have heard that it has been sold but our association gives us no definitive answers. As it turns …... Read More



March 1, 2016

Can The Spouse of a Condo Board Member Serve in Lieu of the Board Member?
D.C. from Chicago writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the Board Treasurer of our condo send his wife to represent him at a special owners meeting? Mister Condo replies: D.C., that is a great question. Your governing documents most likely address who is eligible to attend a special owners meeting. My... Read More



February 27, 2016

Previous Condo Owner Liable for Improper Window Replacement
K.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I just purchased a condo and have discovered that the previous owner installed windows whose color doesn’t’ meet with the requirement of the association. Can I go back on him for replacement costs. Mister Condo replies: K.S.,... Read More



February 26, 2016

It’s a “Lose/Lose” for The Underfunded Reserve Condo Owner
B.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Since August of 2014, I have been requesting that my front deck/steps be repaired and repainted. It is now one year later, and despite numerous follow up requests, my front steps are becoming unstable and are sore on the eyes. I’m... Read More



February 25, 2016

Condo Tenant Creatively Tries to Skirt Parking Rules
B.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am on the BOD for a condo association. Each tenant is supplied 2 parking places. We have a tenant who has brought in a 3rd car and was parking in visitor parking which is posted for guests only, no overnight parking. After he was... Read More



February 24, 2016

Can the Condo Board Temporarily Reassign My Parking Space?
N.I. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo apartment in an Association that actually has four Associations. Association 1, 2 and 3 are independent condo Associations. The Association that manages the common elements is called the Recreational Association. The board of... Read More



February 23, 2016

Declarant Leaving New HOA With Unfinished Roads
M.K. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have an 8-year old condo community that is under Declarant (D) control who has recently hinted he is ready to relinquish control to an HOA. The problem is that the road paving is not completed with only a deteriorating base present and no top... Read More



February 20, 2016

Records of Condo Common Fees Receipt Missing; Late Fees Ensue!
T.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a new Board of Directors. The old board did not turn in all the accounting records (according to them) so they are building the records of the payments. During this whole reconstruction of records, they are taking the date that my... Read More



February 19, 2016

Condo Board’s Attorney Expenses Against Renter Passed on to Landlord Owner
G.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are condo owners who hired a manager to rent out our condo. He lied about a German Shepherd in our rental…above weight restriction. As owners, we had no idea the dog was in our rental. The condo association wanted the dog gone,... Read More



February 18, 2016

Deeding Condo Parking Lot Spaces
D.E. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are a newer association – recently changed from contractor to an owner board. We have an opportunity through a recent development – to deed our parking spaces – but worry that we lose flexibility for piling snow and... Read More



February 17, 2016

Condo Developer Used “Bait and Switch” Tactic to Sell Units
M.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What can I do if the builder has started to sell more condos to investors as rental units than what the by-laws that he created state? We bought the very first one in the community and the by-laws stated no more than 2 rentals per building... Read More



February 16, 2016

Condominium Association and HOA Loan Challenges
Condominium associations and HOAs are charged with the duty to collect common fees on a regular, usually monthly, basis. Included in these common fees are funds set aside for future expenses of the condominium association or HOA. These funds are generally …... Read More



February 16, 2016

Condo Owner’s Special Assessment Voting Rights Questioned
R.B. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am an equal Trustee of a 4-unit self-managed Condo Association. Units 1 – 3 are in a converted house; unit 4 is detached. Special assessments for the house cannot be charged to unit 4 and the same with special assessments for unit 4 cannot... Read More



February 13, 2016

Potential Condo Landlord Needs To Know When Unit Can Be Rented
V.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I want to know the renter’s history for our condo for the past several years. How many units were rented each year and how many of them were hardship exemptions and illegal renters. I asked the Board and Property Management company for... Read More



February 12, 2016

Condo Owners Use of Facility when Unit is Rented
J.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo owner use the condo facility when his/her condo is rented? Mister Condo replies: J.H., usually speaking, no. As a general rule, the rights to use the condo facility that are inherent with the occupancy and ownership of the... Read More



February 12, 2016

Questions and Answers about HOA and Condominium Association Loans
Is an HOA Loan or Condominium Association Loan the same as a Mortgage? Not even close. A mortgage is typically offered to an individual property buyer and is secured by the lender taking an interest in the real estate being …... Read More



February 11, 2016

Condo Responsibility for Ice Dammed Roof Engineering
H.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My unit was damaged twice extensively due to ice damming within four years. The Board said they will hire a roofing consultant to review the situation. So far I’ve not heard anything definite concerning the consultant. I’m very... Read More



February 10, 2016

Hello world!
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February 10, 2016

Condo Dog Owner Responsibility
R.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is a dog owner’s responsibility at the condo? Who do I complain to if I see dogs behaving badly? Mister Condo replies: R.M., condominiums that allow dogs often do so with a list of accompanying rules that is the responsibility of the... Read More



February 9, 2016

Condo Rules on Number of Dogs Allowed Changed
L.I. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I bought a condo 11 years ago I was assured you could have 2 pets. They changed the pet policy to 1 pet 5 years ago or so they say. I assumed that I was grandfathered in for 2 dogs which is 1 reason I purchased this condo …... Read More



February 6, 2016

Who Hires the Condo Contractor to Repair Unit Interior?
L.T. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have damage to my bathroom ceiling from a water leak from the condo above me. The condo association will fix it but I don’t want to use their maintenance team because from past experience they do shoddy work. Can I hire my own... Read More



February 5, 2016

When Condo Trustees Don’t Get Along…
J.W. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 2-unit condo. 19 years ago, the two condos were bought at same time. Condo documents stated a set Trustee Account. We went 50/50 on all expenses. Recently, we had a disagreement not related to condo. Other unit owner hired a lawyer for... Read More



February 4, 2016

Abandoned and Foreclosed Condo Unit Ruining Neighbor’s Condo Life
A.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The next door unit to my condo has been in foreclosure for over three years. The empty and decaying property is affecting my unit. What are my legal options? Mister Condo replies: A.C., I am not an attorney so please accept my advice as... Read More



February 3, 2016

Condo Ice Dam Damage Improperly Repaired
R.F. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I had water leak into my condo from ice dams. My insurance had the adjuster come down and access the damages. Downstairs, the ceiling popcorn was damaged in the kitchen and hanging along with the upstairs bedroom ceiling. He later notified me I... Read More



February 2, 2016

Faulty Condo HVAC May Not Be Board’s Fault
T.O. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condos have an HVAC system which is in an interior closet. The evaporator coil in the A/C breaks down frequently and the replacement costs are close to $3,200. The Board will not allow us to change to an HVAC system where the... Read More



January 30, 2016

New Pavement Leads to Unfavorable Condo Parking Lot Reassignment
O.S. from Georgia writes: Dear Mister Condo, My husband and I bought our townhouse in an Atlanta suburb 9 years ago. We had 2 assigned parking spaces. This year the association installed new asphalt in our subdivision and reassigned one of our parking spots to another owner and gave me a parking... Read More



January 29, 2016

Condo Unit Owners Seek Reimbursement for Building Repairs
C.N. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, 7 years ago, the board claimed there was no money for window replacement. They further claimed that due to how the bylaws were written it was the owners responsibility. Now the time has passed I have spent $4000 of my money to replace... Read More



January 28, 2016

Seeking Condo Development Funds
D.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What are the best options to build more capital on 22 units, townhouses? Mister Condo replies: D.M., I am not completely sure what you mean by “building capital” but I assume you mean how can an association fund a new phase of... Read More



January 27, 2016

Resident Condo Manager and Board President Not Communicating
K.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If our resident manager is an at will employee and he does not respond and work well with the Board President, can he be terminated without a lawsuit? The building is not functioning properly because of this non-communication issue. Mister... Read More



January 26, 2016

Condo Insurance Claim Yields Extra Money for Association
S.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Dear Mr. Condo, our management company received an insurance check due to a water damage claim for one unit, which has been repaired for the most part. However, at least 40+ items on the insurance adjuster’s report were not repaired... Read More



January 23, 2016

Are Condo Special Assessments Public Records?
B.R. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, Mr. Condo! Do you know if condo special assessment fees are matters of public records? I live in and am trying to narrow my search for a new condo to 3 different condo buildings. I want to know if these 3 condos have assessments in addition …... Read More



January 22, 2016

Good Governance by the Condo Board Does Not Include Yelling!
J.D. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How long before a board has to have a special meeting when the president/manager has been removed for being unregistered with the state of Connecticut? Also, we are being forced to endure unjust insults and accusations because the board is all... Read More



January 21, 2016

Who Can Serve on the Condo Master Association?
N.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a unit owner in a condo that has both its own association and a master association. The master association is responsible for something like 7 different complexes. I heard another unit owner say that my complex’s association is... Read More



January 20, 2016

In Search of… The Board Member Toolkit!
L.B. from Michigan writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am looking for sample documents that will help our board understand the roles we have on the board…and ways we relate to the Management Association. Can you point me to any resources? I am in Michigan. Mister Condo replies: L.B., I sure can! One... Read More



January 19, 2016

The Power of the Proxy at Condo Annual Meetings
A.K. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, At an association’s annual business meeting, can one person be the proxy for more than one other than his/her unit for the election of officers? Thank you. Mister Condo replies: A.K., unless the by-laws of the association prohibit it,... Read More



January 16, 2016

“55 and Over” HOA Seeking to Repeal “55 and Over” Status
J.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, How do we repeal the over 55 designation for our community Mister Condo replies: J.G., depending on the state and local government where your association is, you will have a series of legal actions and filings to make such a change. That... Read More



January 15, 2016

Condo Board Asks Unit Owner to Remove Plants and Bird Bath
B.C. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have had a small flower garden with a small birdbath for 15 years in a courtyard shared by 3 other units. I maintain and keep the area neat. I just received a violation letter from the board, (which I am a member of) to remove the plants …... Read More



January 14, 2016

Condo Parking and Towing Insurance Issues
B.M. from Illinois writes: Dear Mister Condo, My Board set up a committee to enforce parking rules. We have cars in our lot from folks who do not live in our complex. We have a sign posted that non residents will be towed. One of the 9 lot members is against towing a car because …... Read More



January 13, 2016

Condo Neighbor Cooking Up Some Bad Odors!
J.R. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is there any recourse for smells from cooking (or any strong permeating smells) that make the owners of the adjoining townhouse very uncomfortable? The new neighbors are renters. The complainants are long-time residents but now feel they cannot... Read More



January 12, 2016

Reluctant Condo Landlord Flooded With Problems
S.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo in New Haven. I used to live there but due to a job promotion and relocation, I moved to MA. Of course, I was unable to sell due to the market crash in 2008. I was able to rent it out with …... Read More



January 9, 2016

Should Board Honor Mailing Request of Unit Owner’s Son Who Has Power of Attorney?
S.E. from Tolland County writes: Dear Mister Condo, A unit owner’s son has Power of Attorney and is requesting that we send Association correspondence to his email and mailing address as well as his fathers. Is this required or with POA does he just have control over his father’s estate and... Read More



January 8, 2016

Can Condo Board Member Delinquent on Special Assessment Still Serve?
M.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a unit owner serve on the Board of Director’s if they haven’t paid a $2000 special assessment? Mister Condo replies: M.L., unless your by-laws specifically state that eligibility to serve on the Board of Directors is dependent... Read More



January 7, 2016

Florida Condo’s Rules on “Relatives” Allowed to Stay at Condo Changes
J.P. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can my Florida condo board state in the declaration that immediate family is considered to be someone related by blood or marriage and now say that they consider it to be children, parents, grandchildren or grandparents? I have none of these. My family... Read More



January 6, 2016

How Often is the Condo Board Required to Meet?
G.Y. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, How often is condo board required to meet? Mister Condo replies: G.Y., thank you for writing. Your condo association’s governance documents very likely spell out the governance details such as who is eligible to serve on the Board,... Read More



January 5, 2016

Condo Rules Unenforced for Many Years
E.K. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo,   I am the Vice President of a 45-year old, over-55 condo, where rules and regulations have not been in enforcement for MANY years. We are about to embark on a project to begin enforcing these things, and are looking for ways to engage the... Read More



January 2, 2016

Welcome, 2016!
All of us at AskMisterCondo.com would like to wish our readers a happy and healthy New Year. You have kept us quite busy answering your condo questions this past year and we look forward to a new year of queries and helpful suggestions to help you make the most of your community association living... Read More



January 1, 2016

Smoking Neighbor Ruining Condo Living Experience
K.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a beautiful three-unit condo and have one of the neighbors from you know where! They smoke outside their unit and it fills our porch and waifs into our open windows. We have had guests ask, “Where is that smoke coming... Read More



December 31, 2015

Can the Condo Board Function Without a Secretary?
K.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, It is legal for a board to run without having a member appointed as a secretary? Mister Condo replies: K.K, that is a great question. Your by-laws and governing documents likely outline the number of directors, the duties of the officers, and so... Read More



December 30, 2015

Leaking Condo AC Unit Causes Tremendous Damage
R.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live on the second floor of a three-story condo complex. About a month ago, the AC of the unit above me started leaking water and created a two-foot diameter bubble in the ceiling in my dining area and started leaking water. The owner... Read More



December 29, 2015

Checks and Balances for Condo Board Expenses
W.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is there a way that the board can be checked on in reference to expenses when they are not being provided? Mister Condo replies: W.C., all invoices, bank statements, and such are records of the association. As such, they are subject to review by... Read More



December 24, 2015

Do Condo Rules Prohibit Routine Automobile Maintenance?
R.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can I open my automobile hood in the condo parking lot in order to check regular everyday maintenance? I would like to fill up all liquid levels of the reservoirs to start normal working condition moving of my car? Thanks! Mister Condo... Read More



December 23, 2015

Must Condo Board Reveal Unit Owner Requests to Other Unit Owners?
D.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, In our condo association, we must request to plant a tree in our limited common area. I have been turned down for several requests, plantings, small water fountain, yet I see other condo owners doing what I want to do. My question, am I... Read More



December 22, 2015

No Condo Fees for 19 Years!
V.C. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own one unit of a 2-unit condo townhouse. After 19 years without condo fees, my neighbor wants to start a condo trust, using their lawyer to run it. They blame me for the sewer problem we have had since we bought the house. I don’t mind the... Read More



December 19, 2015

15 Year HOA Property Maintenance Neglect Creates Today’s Problem
W.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, having a problem with what amounts to a bit of a grey area on owner vs HOA maintenance responsibility on my front entry door. As you’re probably aware, most entry doors (with side glass, in my case) are all pre-hung doors... Read More



December 18, 2015

Risk Created By Condo Owners Friends Performing Remodel
B.S. from Rhode Island writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in one of four stand-alone condo units here in RI. Our neighbors have bought the abandoned fourth cottage and are setting about to do a total remodel on the unit. My question is, if they hire friends to do the work instead of a licensed,... Read More



December 17, 2015

Condo Will Not Renew Leases For Tenants With Pets
H.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Recently, our board had the manager send out a letter informing all people who rent units in our condo that when their lease was up that, if they have a dog or cat in the unit, they will no longer be able to lease that unit …... Read More



December 16, 2015

Pet Owners Dismayed Over New Condo Rules
D.R. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The condo board at my complex is considering charging a monthly fee to anybody that has an “indoor/outdoor” pet because they appear to be upset about dog urine harming grass in the common areas. Our declaration and bylaws state that... Read More



December 15, 2015

Condo Buyers Inspection Report vs. Association Responsibility
J.R. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our association is working diligently to do maintenance projects as fast as we can in a complex built in 70’s without burdening owners more than reasonable. We raised fees $50 two years ago. We schedule needed common area upkeep at a... Read More



December 12, 2015

Condo Play Area Rules Discriminates Against Children!
J.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Last year our association was turned over from the builder to the owners. Our board consists entirely of older members (55+). Recently they have been making changes to the condo by-laws, which appear to be discriminatory against the... Read More



December 11, 2015

Assigned Condo Parking Space Has Impediment
P.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My husband and I bought a condo with an assigned parking space. Included in the condo documents was a drawing of the condo parking space with each being the same size. When we tried to pull in, we noticed that there is a concrete column... Read More



December 10, 2015

What is “Cash” On a Condo Financial Statement?
L.P. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the meaning of “cash” on a financial monthly statement? Thank you! Mister Condo replies: L.P., without seeing the actual statement you are talking about, I cannot give you a definitive answer. Also, since I am not a CPA my... Read More



December 9, 2015

42 Years on the Condo Board!
J.M. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a dysfunctional condo board of trustees where I live. It is a fourteen-unit condo and the self-managed board has been in place since condo was built in 1973. There was an attempt in 2009/2010 to hire a management company but the company... Read More



December 8, 2015

$250 Pet Fee Instituted at Condo
G.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association just changed the bylaws and now is imposing a one-time charge of $250 per pet. We have an issue with people, primarily students, not picking up after their pets. Most of the year-round owners do pick up after the... Read More



December 5, 2015

Ridiculous Paperwork Fine Levied by Condo Association
K.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have been assessed a fine for not mailing in an information form to the property manager by a certain date. Approximately 64 days later I received a statement that I owed $320 in fines ($5 per day) because the office claims it was not... Read More



December 4, 2015

Managing Condo Trustee Not Sharing Records
Z.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo managing trustee does not send a regular itemized budget. I feel he consults with the lawyer when he wishes and it’s not necessarily in our best interest. What is the typical way information is shared about budgets and... Read More



December 3, 2015

Condo Unit Owner Common Water Usage Bill Doubled
M.M. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a problem with the shared sewer. There are 19 buildings in our condo complex. We live in a building that has 16 units. I just found out we all share one common sewer pipe and that usage is divided up among the 16 units of …... Read More



December 2, 2015

Board Mandates Replacement of Unit Owner Windows
P.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo board mandate replacement windows for all units, whether or not there is a problem with the individual unit owner’s windows? Since the building is over 20 years old, many windows are rotting and causing damage to... Read More



December 1, 2015

Condo Association Won’t Repair Year-Old Water Leak
V.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, There is an underground water leak outside my condo, which has been running for almost a year. I cannot get the condo association to respond to my requests for information on the problem or their resolution. Can you suggest next steps? Mister... Read More



November 28, 2015

Condo’s Limited Common Elements Incorrectly Maintained By Association
J.W. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The Declarations for our community clearly indicate that maintenance for certain limited common elements are homeowner responsibility. Some homeowners maintain that our prior management company and boards have maintained those items using... Read More



November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!
All of us at AskMisterCondo.com would like to wish our readers a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for all of your great questions that keep us busy and engaged with you throughout the year. We’ll be relaxing with family and friends today and hope that you are able to do the same. New questions... Read More



November 26, 2015

Mixed Use Condo Facing Parking Lot Responsibility Challenge
J.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a 36-unit condo with 3 businesses. The businesses have specific parking spaces. Our owners have been warned the businesses own those spots and they will be towed if they park in those spots. The businesses want the HOA to be... Read More



November 25, 2015

Cat Lover Looking to Buy Pet Free Condo
J.L. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am planning to buy a condo in Queens, NY. The rules show no pets but I love this condo and I have a cat. If my cat is always inside my property can the board enforce me to get rid of my cat? Mister Condo replies: …... Read More



November 24, 2015

Steep Common Entrance Poses Challenge for Recently Handicapped Unit Owner
M.A. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My mother has become handicapped and can no longer manage the steep step to enter the common entrance of her condo. I find it steep myself, and I am able bodied. When she had cinderblocks placed to make a step half way between the large step, the... Read More



November 21, 2015

Condo President Employing Unit Owner for Questionable Common Area Work
Anonymous from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, Mr. Condo! We have an owner who feels he knows what is best for all the units, and has gone forward on several projects in the common areas without any majority approval. My main complaint is that the work he does is biased in his... Read More



November 20, 2015

Condo Bulk Trash Eliminated; Residents Still Dumping
L.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association has decided to completely eliminate condo bulk trash pickup. I understand that originally we had one but people were abusing it by putting out trash way before pickup date and since it was not fenced in some of the... Read More



November 19, 2015

Board Raises Condo Fees Without Unit Owner Vote
V.N. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association recently voted to increase condo fees. However, the trustees did not have a vote to ask owners how much. They just arbitrarily decided to increase the fees by 20%, plus a special assessment of $500 per unit to cover... Read More



November 18, 2015

Private Parking Firm for NY Condo Raises Fees and Forgets to Bill Unit Owner
A.M. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, I purchased a condo and a private company has the parking garage for the complex. Two years ago, I completed paperwork along with my credit card information to pay for 1 parking spot inside the garage. After a few months, I was not being charged for the... Read More



November 17, 2015

Condo Unit Owners Not Returning Emergency Contact Forms
C.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How can the association get Unit Owners and residents to complete annual Emergency Contact Information forms? Approximately 25% return forms and only 15% of those are completely filled out. Thank you. Mister Condo replies: C.S., public... Read More



November 14, 2015

Inherited Mysterious Condo Loan
T.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When we bought our condo we didn’t have any idea about a loan that was taken out to do some improvements. We have been paying on this loan for 8 years, every time we try to request documentation on the loan, our request goes... Read More



November 13, 2015

Lightning Strikes Condo HVAC; Who Pays?
S.P. from Georgia writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a townhome in Georgia. There are about 120 units, which have both one level condos and two-level townhomes like mine. The owners pay the monthly condo association fees ($240). The association has insurance coverage from Community Association... Read More



November 12, 2015

Condo Visitor Parking Lot Changes
T.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo complex recently changed the visitor parking rules. We are each now given two permit parking passes, which we can give to our guests, but they must be used in specifically designated parking areas at the front of the complex. (Of... Read More



November 11, 2015

POA Challenges in Arkansas
R.D. from Arkansas writes: Dear Mister Condo, Wow! I own a condo in Arkansas. POA/Board members and president of board have announced a special assessment fee for new paint job. They only got two bids and those bids were taken in summer. They painted in the middle of winter (December in Arkansas)... Read More



November 10, 2015

Condo Water Cost Chargeback Question
R.S. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, We receive our water bill from our condo management company. We noticed that our “usage rate” is 0.0789 per gallon. We vacationed there for 10 days, used 704 gallons, and received a bill for $55.55. Now, we went to the water utility website... Read More



November 7, 2015

Improper Notification of Condo Pool Rules Questioned
D.F. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I bought a condo for my mother-in-law to reside in. The condo bylaws and pool rules stated nothing about offsite owners being restricted access to the pool. Before purchasing I emailed the management company saying “Can you provide me with the... Read More



November 6, 2015

Noisy Condo Neighbors Are a Nuisance!
H.R. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My question is about neighbors. What recourse, if any, for neighbors who harass with constant banging, excessive noise, who, as an after thought of getting me in trouble by claiming I am making the noise? They were harassing someone this past... Read More



November 5, 2015

Former Owner Installed Unapproved Condo Landscaping
C.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can I be required to remove landscaping that does not meet community standards that has been in place for years and was put in by a former owner? Mister Condo replies: C.W., I am afraid that, under most circumstances, the Board is free to... Read More



November 4, 2015

TV-Sized Hole in Neighboring Abandoned Condo Unit Left Unrepaired!
K.O. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The condo attached to my mother’s has been abandoned for about 15 years. The roof has a hole in it that a large TV would fit down. The water damage is now going into her condo. She had about a square foot of ceiling collapse the... Read More



November 3, 2015

Renters Bring “Service Animals” Into Pet-Restricted Condo!
J.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a high-rise condo with about 250 units on 14 floors. There is a building manager and staff on site. We have a rental unit in the building that has a few “20 somethings” in it that came into a pet-free building with 2 …... Read More



October 31, 2015

Parking Lot Abuses are Out of Control at this Condo!
R.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Nice site. I enjoy the questions posted! I myself have served on the Board of Directors for our complex on and off for some 13 years now. Our MAJOR issue is lack of parking. We have sent out numerous Newsletters, talked one on one with... Read More



October 30, 2015

HOA Denies “Reasonable Accommodation” for RV for Disabled Resident
G.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I need to park a small RV in our driveway to accommodate our severely disabled daughter. The HOA has refused to grant the accommodation since the CC&Rs prohibit RVs parked for more than 24 hours. Do you have any fair housing cases... Read More



October 29, 2015

Multiple Deeded Claims to Condo Parking Spaces
V.L. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The condominiums I live in allow residents to rent an additional parking space. Recently, my “assigned” parking was taken by my neighbor. He said my “assigned” parking space belong to him since it was on his deed. On his deed it says... Read More



October 28, 2015

Non-Unit Owner Wants to Be Condo President or Property Manager
L.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do I have to be the owner of my condo unit to be on the condo board and be president? My condo is under my husband’s name and I want to run as president/property manager. Mister Condo replies: L.M., I am glad that you are interested in …... Read More



October 27, 2015

How Does Condo Unit Owner Bankruptcy Effect Common Fee Collection?
J.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If a condo owner files for bankruptcy, does this mean the unit owner will never ever pay the condo fee as long as s/he resides in the condo? Or is there a time limit? Mister Condo replies: J.A., when a unit owner files for protection from... Read More



October 24, 2015

Who Is Responsible for HOA Roof Damage Repair?
S.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a townhouse that is part of an HOA with bylaws originally written similar to a condominium association. Our roof is clearly considered a common element and is maintained and repaired by the association. I recently had to replace... Read More



October 23, 2015

Who Pays for “Handicapped Parking” Sign at Condo?
S.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I know that we need to allow handicap-accessible parking. My question is who is responsible for the cost of the sign and installation cost? Mister Condo replies: S.Z., unless you have state or local laws that say differently, any allowed... Read More



October 22, 2015

Is it a By-Law or a Rule We Need to Change?
R.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can you please explain the difference between a By-Law or a Rule and Regulation? Our condo allows one dog of a certain height, temperament and has a leash rule. If we want to allow two dogs, keep the same height and temperament and leash rule,... Read More



October 21, 2015

Is That Furry Condo Companion a Service Animal or a Pet?
P.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is a service animal considered a pet? Mister Condo replies: P.M., for the most part service animals or Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are not considered pets as they are deemed medically necessary and condo associations have been forced... Read More



October 20, 2015

Third Time is Not The Charm With Condo Burst Pipe!
S.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, This past winter a pipe burst in the unit above mine. Needless to say, I got the majority of the damage. Drywall of my entryway, part of my living room, and my daughter’s room were damaged. I took pictures and documented what I... Read More



October 17, 2015

Condo Association Delinquent on Insurance; Condo Owner Delinquent on Fees
D.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My question is pretty clean cut, but first let me say I am trying to fix my obligation. So my question is this. I have condo fee $183 each month, I have not paid in awhile, lets say $8000 worth (includes $25 late fee monthly) however,... Read More



October 16, 2015

How Often Should the Condo Association Change Auditors and Attorney?
C.T. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Thank you for being there to answer questions. What a grand resource!!!! –How often should one change auditors for a large condo with a budget [excluding reserves] of over 3.5 M? –Is there a standard/recommended amount of time to have... Read More



October 15, 2015

Condo Owners Association Seeks Fire-Damaged Detached Home Rebuilt
J.C. from North Carolina writes: Dear Mister Condo, Detached condos in my area (North Carolina) typically don’t pay for the homeowner’s fire insurance (i.e. owners have to get their own insurance policy for loss). So, if the COA isn’t named insured, and therefore can’t... Read More



October 14, 2015

Grumpy Old Condo President Needs to Go
K.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We just purchased a unit in a small condominium association. The President has lived here for 28 years since the old home was conserved into a condominium. He is very old and seems very unhappy as he picks part everything other unit owners do.... Read More



October 13, 2015

Is It Against the Law for Association Vendors To Donate Money To Condominium?
L.D. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our executive board agreed unanimously to accept monies solicited by a Unit Owner from our vendors who wishes (along with a few other unit owners) to install a flagpole with lights in the community. By accepting this contribution, isn’t this a... Read More



October 10, 2015

Laws that Allow Video Cameras Outside of Condo?
L.E. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Recently my request to place a security camera outside the front door of my condo was rejected by my condo association. Our by-laws state that no items can be attached to the outside of the units however the board did not bother to ask for any... Read More



October 9, 2015

Too Many Proxies for Too Few Condo Units
A.K. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 15-unit condo. In an annual business meeting are 2 residents of one unit allowed to be individual proxy’s for 2 other units? Mister Condo replies: A.K., proxy votes can be tricky, especially in smaller associations like yours.... Read More



October 8, 2015

Required Notification of Condo Board President Resignation?
C.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, How long does an association board have before notifying the owners of a vacancy or a resignation of its president? Is it even required if they choose to appoint someone to the office? Mister Condo replies: C.M., the loss of a Board... Read More



October 7, 2015

Condo Wood Siding Left in Disrepair; Unit Owner Blamed
T.D. from Virginia writes: Dear Mister Condo, We rent out our condo. The outside is wood siding, which is warped and falling down. “Band-aid” fixes can be seen all over. I have a leaky ceiling inside, especially when there’s sideways rain. All other times it stays dry. The condo... Read More



October 6, 2015

Deeded Parking Versus Association-Owned Parking
E.B. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo,   Can the trustees of a condo association force the owner of deeded parking from their deeded spaces to accommodate someone with disabilities? The disabled person has 2 deeded spaces with his condo – which he saw before moving in –... Read More



October 3, 2015

Elder Condo Unit Owners Have Needs the Association Shouldn’t Try to Provide
  C.J. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo,   The people in my building are mature professionals, meaning we do not have many children in the building. While it is not predominantly a senior population, we have had 3 instances where an older homeowner develops dementia and becomes... Read More



October 2, 2015

Condo Board Members Receiving Preferential Treatment
J.E. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Several owners receive benefits (dead tree removal, pest control, repairs, extra landscaping plants and attention to outside areas, etc.) that the rest of the community cannot get approved. There is definitely an “in group” and an... Read More



October 1, 2015

Illegal Harassment Outside the Power of Condo Board to Control
J.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello!! I’m an owner of my unit. Been here 8 years. My neighbor has been here 6 years and never had any major problems. However, her new boyfriend or husband moved in a year ago. January up until now, he has continued to aggressively... Read More



September 30, 2015

Right to Address Accuser of Condo Rule Violations
J.T. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo in Massachusetts, which I purchased in 2010. I lived there from the time of purchase until moving out of state in 2013 to accept a position in my profession. I decided to keep my condo and rent it, which is within the rules of …... Read More



September 29, 2015

The Case of the Missing Condominium Governance Documents
D.C. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are purchasing a unit in a two-unit condo building in New Jersey. Both units are in foreclosure so there is no condo by-laws or homeowners policy or paperwork regarding the condo. Where do we start? We are being told that we need to provide flood... Read More



September 26, 2015

Who Pays for the Newly Added Condo Roof Structure?
C.D. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 30-unit condo in New Jersey. We are having water problems. The Board has been advised that the awnings on the building are causing water to get in to some areas and want to replace them with a permanent roof structure. There are only... Read More



September 25, 2015

Condo Board President Targeting Unit Dog Owners
W.N. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello, the board president is on a pretty serious power trip. He has been abusing powers, bullying, and all that good stuff. He is very anti-dog and has been creating/changing rules and bylaws based on personal interests. But long story short,... Read More



September 24, 2015

Property Manager Licensing in Connecticut
A.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does a Property Manager have to be licensed to manage a condo association? Mister Condo replies: You betcha, A.B.! Connecticut has very specific laws about Property Manager licensing and anyone practicing condo association management as a... Read More



September 23, 2015

Lack of Agreement at Two-Unit Condo
K.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have bought one unit of a two-unit condo, which operates on an informal basis with respect to managing the property. Prior to purchase, the owner of the second unit agreed that needed exterior maintenance (peeling paint, rotten trim boards,... Read More



September 22, 2015

Leaky Windows Installed Years Ago Causes Hole in Condo Floor Today
L.S. from New Haven County asks: Dear Mister Condo, I am hoping you can offer some guidance for an elderly friend of mine who lives in a condo. She has lived there for many years and she now has a hole in her floor. Repairmen went out to look at the damage and found that the …... Read More



September 19, 2015

Condo Board Underinsures Association
M.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo has $25,000 worth of Fidelity Bond Insurance and the banks are requiring $29,700 of this insurance in order to sell or re-finance. My buyer’s mortgage is on hold until the association purchases more…(only cost is $50.00)... Read More



September 18, 2015

Condo Board Issues Unreasonable Rules on Pet Walking Areas
T.C. from Maryland writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have lived in my condo community for almost 2 years, and I have had 2 dogs the entire time. A Cocker Spaniel and a Maltese Poodle mix. There are rules in my county, Montgomery County, MD which state you have to pick up after your dog. I …... Read More



September 17, 2015

Unattached Houses to Condominium Conversion Sought in Maryland
P.R. from Maryland writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own three detached homes, each with individual tax id, and over their history independently owned. Can I convert the ownership of these three, as they are three in a row neighbor detached houses, into a condominium? If that is theoretically possible,... Read More



September 16, 2015

Unilateral, Not Selective, Action Against Condo Rule Breakers
L.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The Board was notified of a non-compliance issue by a unit owner regarding another unit owner. Since we don’t have a management company & the Board doesn’t police the area, are we able to address this one complaint even if... Read More



September 15, 2015

Condo Board Lays Off Condo Superintendent; Unit Owners Unhappy
H.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, How do the owners reinstate the assistant superintendent after the Board of Directors laid him off and never said anything about it? Mister Condo replies: H.B., unless your condo governance documents allow for the unit owners to vote on... Read More



September 12, 2015

Condo Board President Accused of Election Hampering
B.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a condo board president who has conflicts of interest in that he and relatives have investment units within the complex. He has also acted as a listing real estate agent for a unit within the complex. He has also directed contractors to... Read More



September 11, 2015

Small Condo Justice Most Unjust!
K.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are having difficulties with our neighbor, and President, who is literally harassing everyone in our three-unit condominium complex. They do not comply with the By-laws themselves, yet send nasty emails to the other two units if they see... Read More



September 10, 2015

“Visitors Only” Handicapped Parking Replaces General Use Handicapped Condo Parking
W.C. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Recently, my Florida Condo Association changed one of the handicapped spaces to a “Visitor Handicap” space. They have notified the residents that only handicapped visitors are allowed to park in that spot; handicapped owners can not. The... Read More



September 9, 2015

Shutting Off Cable TV to a Delinquent HOA Member
J.F. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can you shut off the cable service to a delinquent homeowner? Mister Condo replies: J.F., I am sorry to learn that your association is dealing with such delinquency from a homeowner that it is thinking of taking as drastic a measure as turning off the... Read More



September 5, 2015

Disagrees With Condo Board’s Decision to Ban New Type of Window
T.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! I would like to replace my condo windows. Unfortunately, I am having trouble getting approval from Condo Association because I have chosen different type of window operation. It is a Tilt and Turn window, which are three windows in... Read More



September 4, 2015

Buying a Nice Condo With A Badly Worn Roof
H.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! I am looking to buy a condo. Upon the inspection, the roof needs to get redone very soon. I am concerned that the condo association will increase condo fees or require its residents to pay for the new roof or that they will not fix... Read More



September 3, 2015

General Rule of Thumb for Condo Reserve Fund?
L.K. from Tolland County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am looking to buy into a condo association that has been around for about 10 years and presently has 50 plus units and is still building. Is there a general rule of thumb in terms of what the HOA should have in its capital reserve fund? …... Read More



September 2, 2015

Entire Condo Board Resigns; Interim Leader Elected
L.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, The entire board resigned, effective immediately. Bylaws and declaration are silent regarding procedures when this happens. A majority of owners quickly voted to elect a “go to” person to serve in the interim as a... Read More



September 1, 2015

Videotaping Condo Maintenance Worker Without Consent
J.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a member of the community videotape a maintenance man working without his knowledge? Mister Condo replies: J.P., for the most part, videotaping any person without their express knowledge is bad form and in some parts of the country,... Read More



August 29, 2015

Condo Special Assessment Grace Period
D.L. from Illinois writes: Dear Mister Condo, Legally, must a condominium allow a 10-day grace period for collection of assessment payments? Mister Condo replies: D.L., thank you for writing. I am not an attorney nor am I an expert in Illinois condominium association law. However, I did look up the... Read More



August 28, 2015

Use of Proxies to Recall Condo Board Member
M.N. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a special unit owners meeting coming up to recall one Board member. How many proxies can one unit owner hold? Mister Condo replies: M.N., I am sorry that your community association has found it necessary to hold a special unit owners... Read More



August 27, 2015

How Many Vehicles Can Park in A Deeded Condo Parking Space?
E.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo building has deeded parking spaces, which cannot be sold apart for the units, (i.e., exclusive use spaces). People are parking more than one motorized vehicle in a space. Our condo rules and regulations do not have a rule... Read More



August 26, 2015

Condo Association Mandates Outside Lights Be Left On All Night
J.D. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can my condo association mandate that I leave my outside lights on all night at my expense? Mister Condo replies: J.D., many condo associations have common area lights for lighting the property at night. They do this to protect the units by... Read More



August 25, 2015

Unreported Condo Renter; Unreported Dogs in the Condo
L.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Condo docs say an owner can have two pets. There are no size, weight, or breed restrictions. Owner has had one dog. He has now brought in roommate who also has a dog. Non-owners cannot have pets so now owner claimed new dog is his. Now... Read More



August 22, 2015

Delayed Condo Snowfall Special Assessment Strikes New Unit Owner
L.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! Our Association just sent us a letter notifying us of a special assessment (to be paid in one lump sum or spread out over 6 months) to cover snow removal and roof raking for last winter’s record snowfall. I am a new unit owner who... Read More



August 21, 2015

Bathroom Remodeling Project and Faulty Water Shut-off Valve = Condo Nightmare
S.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, A unit owner hired a contractor to replace a one-piece tub in lieu of a walk in shower. It was necessary for the contractor to remove the toilet in order to get the old tub out. Naturally, the contractor had to shut off the water supply …... Read More



August 20, 2015

Banning a Condo Board Member from Future BOD Service
J.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a new Board of Directors ban a previous board member from ever participating on the BOD again if a contract was made in bad faith or contrary to By Laws? Mister Condo replies: J.G., thank you for the question. Your by-laws spell out who is... Read More



August 19, 2015

No Volunteers Willing to Serve on the Condo Board; Chaos Ensues!
C.M. from Washington State writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 44-unit condo in Washington State. Our Association dues started at $99/month in 1997 and are now $225/month. We don’t have a pool or any other amenities. My husband and I were one of the first homeowners to move in almost 18... Read More



August 18, 2015

Larger Condo Deck Request Can Lead to Much Larger Condo Problems!
R.A. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Association has received a variance request to modify a deck. What guidelines exist if we were to allow this? Mister Condo replies: R.A., condo association Boards receive requests for variances of all sorts. Anything that falls under the... Read More



August 15, 2015

Is This Co-op Property Manager Going Too Far?
U.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a Co-op with a dysfunctional board and Property Manager who interferes with our Board. The manager attends all of our unit-owner meetings, directs the Board on all decisions and is a bully to all. The Board is comprised of unit members... Read More



August 14, 2015

Condo Parking Rules Not Followed… Or Enforced!
J.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have an issue with people that have more than two cars and are taking up more than their allowed (2) spaces. How do we address this issue? All cars are supposed to be registered with the property manager and have parking stickers but of... Read More



August 13, 2015

Mixed-Use Condo Mixed Up Over Use of Condo Clubroom
P.A. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo building has 2 commercial units requesting to use the residential clubroom for meetings. Half the board wants to compromise on this and the other half is adamant that the clubroom is for residents only. The Residential... Read More



August 12, 2015

Condo Patio Roof Ownership Questioned
P.K. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, One unit in our small building has an addition that was built over a patio that was proprietary to the unit, so not a common area. The roof on the addition leaks, and the association is being asked to cover the repairs since the association is... Read More



August 11, 2015

Condo Association Sponsor Performing Poorly
W.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association representative is called a sponsor. He and his wife are the only board members due to waiting for percentage of units being sold. The percentage is 13 out of the 14 are sold with him using the 14th unit. Meanwhile, we... Read More



August 8, 2015

Landlord Unit Owner Hit With High Condo Fees and Charges
A reader from New York City writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our board has recently added a number of charges. For example, it has invented ways to impose penalties on owners if they do not complete requests of the managing agent by a given time and imposed high fees to unit owners who rent their units... Read More



August 7, 2015

Condo Board Decides to Join and Pay Dues to Voluntary Lake Association
C.I. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can my Association assess units for expenses unrelated to the Association? Specifically, my condo is situated on a lake. The condo does not own the lake. The lake is not within the boundaries of the condo association. During the past few years,... Read More



August 6, 2015

Condo Common Ground Used for Holiday Party!
G.D. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a small complex on a small piece of property. As such, we do not have much private space for unit owners. We have a grass area at the end of our driveway that was used this weekend by one unit for a large party. …... Read More



August 5, 2015

Special Assessment to Lower Condo Taxes in Delaware
L.P. from Delaware writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condominium association has called for a special meeting to assess owners for a petition to be filed in state of Delaware to lower individual unit owners’ property taxes. They claim that majority wins and even if I am against this initiative I have... Read More



August 3, 2015

Banning a Former Condo Board Member from Future Service
A.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo Board of Directors make a motion to ban a previous board member (past president) from entering the BOD again? A situation with the past president, who was unseated in the past election by a landslide, created a dysfunctional... Read More



August 1, 2015

90% of the Condo Unit Owners Want a Dog Run
C.S. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, What qualifies an adult (over 55) condo community to get a dog run. We have 192 units and 90 per cent of unit owners have dogs. Thank you! Mister Condo replies: C.S., I am not aware of any rule or law that requires a condo association of …... Read More



July 31, 2015

Paying Interest on a Non-Existent HOA Loan
D.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our HOA Board requested the community to approve a $1.1M Special Assessment, with the board having right to obtain a $1.9M Loan. The Board stated they went to a lender and the lender turned down the HOA Association for the $1.9M Loan. The... Read More



July 30, 2015

Condo Board Encourages Satellite Dishes to Common Exterior
D.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own and live in a condominium. My building is a row of one-bedroom condos, two stories high. I live on a corner unit. Recently, satellite dishes were permitted to be installed on the outside of the wooden staircases. There were two... Read More



July 29, 2015

Absentee Condo Board Member Hurts the Association
J.H. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are there any requirements regarding attendance at Board meetings by a Board member? We have a Board member who was elected to the Board, but rarely attends meetings. Our concern is that this sets a precedent whereby other potential Board... Read More



July 28, 2015

Condo Neighbor Parks Three Cars In Two Spaces!
K.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, (1) Each unit (there are two in all) has two parking spaces. My condo neighbors want to squeeze in their visiting son, for the summer, into two spaces, making it three cars in a two-car space. This would take up too much space in the... Read More



July 25, 2015

Can the Condo Board Vote by Email?
R.G. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, May the board vote via email? Mister Condo replies: R.G., please keep in mind that I am not an attorney so please consider my advice as friendly. If you feel your association Board has conducted improper voting by email you would be well advised... Read More



July 24, 2015

Condo Unit Owner Can’t Get Out of the Sun!
W.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo unit faces West. We have no trees or plants at the rear of our condo to provide shade. The sun generates so much heat, that our wood floors and furniture and fading in color. We had to buy black out curtains to keep the …... Read More



July 23, 2015

Trickle Down Effect of Multiple Condo Unit Foreclosures Within an HOA
S.O. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m considering buying a condo. But I noticed that it is having a foreclosure problem (due to not paying HOA fees). Should I not purchase the condo? What is the immediate or potential impact of foreclosure in an HOA if other units... Read More



July 22, 2015

Half Million Dollar Condo Loan Has Unit Owners Worried
J.F. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo wants to take out a $500,000 loan to pave and redo carports. This is a loan we are to pay for the next 10 years. I am worried. Should I be? Mister Condo replies: J.F., I am happy to learn that your association is investing …... Read More



July 21, 2015

Asked to Keep Dogs Off Unit Owner’s “Front Yard”
M.B. from Ohio writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Ohio condo bylaws state that we can have 2 dogs (total weight not to exceed 70 lbs.). The dogs must be on a leash when outdoors, must be with a responsible person, and droppings must be picked up. Nothing is stated as to where the dogs can …... Read More



July 18, 2015

Crooked Condo Board and Manager Alleged
M.D. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the best way to get our property manager fired and a new one hired? I am convinced that the manager is in cahoots with a crooked Board! Most of the residents of this small 26-unit complex have had issues with repairs (mostly water leaks... Read More



July 17, 2015

Tennessee Condo Purchaser BOD Attendance Rights
L.P. from Tennessee writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in Tennessee and am thinking about purchasing a Condo. Are the Board of Director meetings open to the public? Mister Condo replies: L.P., thank you for writing. I am not an expert in Tennessee condo law nor am I an attorney so please consider my... Read More



July 16, 2015

Ice, Mold, Missing Insurance Settlement Money Add Up to Condo Problems!
A.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a major mold problem from ice damming and the HOA BOD and The Management Company have settled a claim and processed payment for it without notifying unit owners. There has not yet been any repair or restoration to our unit months after... Read More



July 15, 2015

Coop Ding Dong Gone Wrong!
F.T. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a cooperative having 15 buildings. Each building has four units. About ten years ago the cooperative had to replace the front doors to each unit to meet fire code. When this was done each unit was assessed for the cost. When the door... Read More



July 14, 2015

New CAI Video for Community Association Members and ResponsibleCommunities.com
Mister Condo strongly suggests any current or prospective condominium unit owner or HOA member spend 30 seconds watching this video produced by the Community Associations Institute (CAI). Trust me, it’s 30 seconds well spent! Click Here or on the video graphic above. On another note, have you... Read More



July 11, 2015

Condo Snowfall Assessment Leaves Unit Owner Cold!
R.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If I just moved into a condo 3 months ago and there is an assessment for snow removal from 2 years ago, do I have to pay it for the year I didn’t live there? Mister Condo replies: R.J., generally speaking, assessments are levied upon the... Read More



July 10, 2015

Over Grown Common Area Result of Under Active Board
J.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo grounds are over grown with old bushes, weeds and dead trees because the Board has ignored them. We formed a committee to work on cleaning it up. The Board does not want to help as with many unit owners because they pay an... Read More



July 9, 2015

Complaint Against the Condo Association
J.R. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Where do I file a complaint against a condo association? Mister Condo replies: J.R., since you didn’t mention the nature of your complaint against your condo association, I am not real clear on how to advise you. Your first step might be to... Read More



July 8, 2015

Warrantee Coverage for Condo Roof Damaged by Harsh Winter?
P.P. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our roofs were damaged by the harsh winter. A roofing company is doing an assessment of the damages. The roofs were all redone within the last seven years, but our management company cannot find any guarantees or warrantees in their files.... Read More



July 7, 2015

Condo Rules Bent for Some; Not All!
L.N. from New Hampshire writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a condominium association in New Hampshire, which seems to bend the rule for some but not for others. It’s confusing and frustrating. Mister Condo replies: L.N., no one likes seeing certain individuals get preferential treatment from... Read More



July 3, 2015

Condo Board Considering Loan Brokering: Bad Idea!
C.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, A condo owner is delinquent and also has incurred late fees. Another owner wants to pay the delinquent amount and when the owner pays he wants to be reimbursed the delinquent amount and also any late fees that he has incurred and paid. I... Read More



July 2, 2015

New Jersey HOA Reserve Fund Law
C.I. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is there a New Jersey State Law that determines what amount of money should be in a Reserve fund for a Townhouse community of 122 units. Mister Condo replies: C.I., thank you for writing. The subject of Reserve Funds is near and dear to my heart... Read More



July 1, 2015

Unapproved Condo Deck Painting – Permission or Forgiveness?
M.G. from Pennsylvania writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a question on “grandfathering.” Last year, I bought a unit in an 86-unit suburban, middle class townhome type community in SE Pennsylvania (we have grass and trees). It was built in 1992. A few years after building, owners were... Read More



June 30, 2015

Forced to Pay Interest on Unwanted Condo Loan
J.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association consists of 22 units with a 7-member board. Recently they decided on a capital expenditure of $100,000. The talk is that they want to borrow @ 7% over 7 years and equally assess all homeowners, interest included, over... Read More



June 27, 2015

Condo Ice Damming Makes a Repeated Damned Mess!
A.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have melting ice that has caused water damage to our ceiling for three years in a row. The HOA sent a roofer who deemed it to be caused by ice damming. They will not fix our roof as they claim ice damming is not covered. …... Read More



June 26, 2015

Dysfunctional HOA is no FUN!
T.O. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live on a small private road that has left the power in one couples’ hands for ages. We have basically NO say and are hostage to an archaic agreement. We are frankly sick of it and considering legal action. Do we have a chance at... Read More



June 25, 2015

How Does a Maryland Condo Association Get a Loan?
E.B. from Maryland writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association wants to borrow $178,000 to refurbish our HVAC system. We know we cannot get a mortgage loan based on ownership of real property, but some states allow Associations to secure loans based on their ability to raise fees. Where do we... Read More



June 24, 2015

Condo Unit Owner Unhappy with Bulk Cable Provider
N.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, A condo owner does not like our cable provider and wants to either stop paying for the cable monthly or have us switch to another (faster internet speed) provider – who does not offer a bulk rate. The Board likes our current provider... Read More



June 23, 2015

Cape Cod Condo Quandary
K.T. from Cape Cod, Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, We purchased the largest unit of 3 in a former single-family residence converted to 3 condo units in January on Cape Cod. The association is self-managed. According to the Master Deed our unit has 42.31% voting/ownership rights, next unit... Read More



June 20, 2015

Michigan Condo Maintenance Responsibility
A.R. from Michigan writes: Dear Mister Condo, My detached condo in Oakland County, MI is one of 188 units. Repairs are made by the condo for exterior walls, roofs, decks/railings. Maintenance and upkeep are required by the unit owner. My two-story deck in-ground corner support beams have wood... Read More



June 19, 2015

Proof that My Dog Violates the Condo Rules?
C.T. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My dog has been reported doing things outside that she is not doing. Do I have a right to ask for proof? Mister Condo replies: C.T., I am sorry that your dog has been accused of doing things outside that she isn’t doing. I assume these... Read More



June 18, 2015

Heated Debate Over Condo Air Conditioners
M.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Board passed an assessment of $2,460 for replacement of (2) individual Air Conditioning wall units per condo. QUESTIONS: 1) Can the association mandate the type of AC unit that is installed inside the condos? – in particular, mandate... Read More



June 17, 2015

Condo Board Lax on Trespassing and Property Protection
A.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a condominium that borders a bike trail. Neighboring homeowners and the general public cross through our condominium property to either 1) access the trail or 2) access a public roadway on the other side of our property. They... Read More



June 16, 2015

Inaction on Broken Pool Heater Leaves Condo Owner Cold
M.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If a pool heater breaks down does the condo board have to fix it or replace in within a certain time? Mister Condo replies: M.L., while the Board has governance responsibility over all things association-owned, including a pool heater in... Read More



June 13, 2015

Removing Unproductive Condo Board Member
M.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How to do we go about removing an unproductive Board Member? Mister Condo replies: M.S., the removal of any Board member that has been elected or appointed is done through a recall election as outlined in your association’s governance... Read More



June 12, 2015

Condo Board President Refuses to Issue Handicapped Space
W.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the Board President refuse a condo owner of a handicap spot that has a handicap placard? Mister Condo replies: W.W., thank you for writing. Handicapped parking is always a topic of contention at condominiums and the decision to grant... Read More



June 11, 2015

Refusal to Pay Condo Special Assessment Can Lead to Foreclosure
A.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What action can be taken against unit owners who refuse to pay a $100 special assessment levied because of a snow removal fund shortfall? Mister Condo replies: A.M., with the amount of snow that fell here in the Northeast this past winter,... Read More



June 10, 2015

Difficult Condo Owner Annoying Board and Residents
S.G. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello, I am on the board of our HOA in Massachusetts. We are a community of 20 single-family homes and we have a resident who is particularly difficult. She has called one board member at work several times, peeked in the window of another and... Read More



June 9, 2015

NJ Condo Owner Wants Condo Audit Independent of Board
B.L. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, How can a condo owner in New Jersey legally initiate an audit of a community budget and expenses? Annual budget is given to condo owners but numbers are never verified and HOA has its own attorney-auditor, not homeowners. Mister Condo replies: B.L.,... Read More



June 6, 2015

Condo Sump Pump Maintenance and Liability
J.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, There is a sump pump in the basement of my condo that services 2 other condo units. I am responsible to maintain it. If the pump has been maintained and should fail at any time and flooding results, am I liable for any resulting damages or... Read More



June 5, 2015

Enforcement of Unrecorded Condo Governing Documents
E.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, What condominium governing documents HAVE to be recorded with the county recorders office? More specifically, do declaration and bylaw amendments HAVE to be recorded? What (legally) happens if they are not? Does NOT recording documents... Read More



June 4, 2015

Condo Association Mission Statement
D.V. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do most condo associations have a mission or vision statement – providing the owners with “quality/aesthetic standards or benchmarks?” Most formal associations (and companies) have such vision/mission statements but... Read More



June 3, 2015

Homeowner Calls Special Meeting of Condo Association Members
C.T. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are new trustees and we have a homeowner that wants a special meeting – when it says that they have to petition the board, what does that mean? Is there a form they need to complete? He is threatening legal action so we want to make... Read More



June 2, 2015

Uninsured Gardener for the Condo Association
R.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are hiring a gardener for our three-condo home and the Association is considering having a provider that does not have insurance or worker’s compensation insurance. Can they just sign a release or is it required by law in Connecticut that... Read More



May 30, 2015

Condo Board Lawsuit – What To Do?
L.W. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, We board members have been served with a lawsuit. I recently heard that two board members have been served with lawsuit papers individually as well. Apparently, I’ve been named in them but haven’t been served or given a copy. Am I legally... Read More



May 29, 2015

Must I Use Condo Board-Approved Contractors?
A.W. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can an owner hire a contractor to do condo repairs and refuse work from condo board-approved contractors? Mister Condo replies: A.W., it depends on the work and what authority the condo Board has on the items being worked on. For the most part,... Read More



May 28, 2015

Leaking Condo Chimney Leaves Unit Owner Soaked
E.J. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I reported a leaking chimney in May, 2014 to the manager and condo board. It wasn’t until December, 2014 that anything was done although I sent pictures of the rain getting in numerous times. They finally put a tarp, then plastic over the... Read More



May 27, 2015

Board Secretary Regularly Absent from Condo Board Meetings
J.H. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a Board Secretary who does a very good job transcribing the notes that are recorded during the meetings, but rarely attends a meeting. When she initially ran for the Board she stated that she would be able to attend the morning meetings... Read More



May 26, 2015

Unlicensed Property Manager and Bullying Condo Board President
D.J. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I would like to know how to deal with a management company that has not renewed their license through the state of CT. We have a shady management company that has not informed any of the owners that they have not been licensed since January,... Read More



May 23, 2015

Major Flood Damage to Condo Unit Causes Ongoing Problems
A.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, About 2 years ago, we had a major rain storm in which the water from the roofs of the 3 connected units drained from their gutters down to where our limited common area is, which is our patio in the back of our unit. As we …... Read More



May 22, 2015

Condo Owner Seeing Red Over Damaged Greens
V.B. from Maryland writes: Dear Mister Condo, My Association contracts with a landscaping company that cuts our grass. The landscapers damaged my grass over a period of time. The association acknowledged the damage and the landscapers came to re-seed my lawn. Unfortunately, they re-seeded it with a... Read More



May 21, 2015

Squeaky Floor Causes Noisy Ceiling for Downstairs Condo Neighbor
E.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live on the 2nd floor of my condo. The 1st floor unit owner complained about the noise and is claiming it comes from my unit subfloor. I read the master deeds of my condo. It states: The boundaries of the each of the units are …... Read More



May 20, 2015

Who Pays for a Delay in Turning Over a Newly Built Condo?
R.N. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We only recently found out that the turnover of the newly built condo we bought would have a delay. However, because of the delay, I would not have a place to live for about a month, as my contract with an apartment rental is about to... Read More



May 19, 2015

Who Owns the Condo Parking Spaces?
W.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo,   Is it ok that, in a condo association, my neighbor agreed to give me the liberty to switch my parking spot back to its original spot as I have a Handicap Placard and he doesn’t? They are new owners. Again, it’s a mutual... Read More



May 16, 2015

Exorbitant Condo Snow Removal Bills
B.P. from Pennsylvania writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo in Pennsylvania. Our snow removal bills have been exorbitant the past 2 years: $60,000+! Can we change the bylaws to make individual owners responsible for snow removal at their units or are we doomed to continue paying ridiculous snow... Read More



May 14, 2015

Forcing the Condo Lockbox on Unwilling Unit Owner
J.L. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am the treasurer of a small (36 units) self-managed condo in SE Florida. We are in the process of changing banks to get better service, as well as establishing a “lock box” system for unit owners to mail in their maintenance checks. Up until now,... Read More



May 13, 2015

Multiple Unit Owners from Same Unit Serving on the Condo Board
P.I. from Pennsylvania writes: Dear Mister Condo, Two unmarried people own one condo unit. One serves on the Board. The other wants to also run. Can both parties of one unit both be on the Board? The docs don’t address this. It would be the same if a married couple wanted to both serve on... Read More



May 12, 2015

Don’t Turn Off the Condo Water Supply on Delinquent Unit Owner!
K.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have an owner who owns 9 units at our condo. This owner stopped paying common fees 2 months ago, leaving us in the hole for $2,000.00 a month. Can we turn the water off to his units? Condo Association pays the water bill. Mister Condo …... Read More



May 9, 2015

Condo Parking For Sale by Board
J.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the condo board rent the unassigned parking spaces to residents? I live in a 65-unit building. Each unit has an assigned covered space. There are 10 unassigned covered spaces and 21 uncovered visitor spaces. Owners are free to park a... Read More



May 9, 2015

ESA versus Pet versus Condo Association
S.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, When we purchased our condo two years ago, we were assured that we could have two dogs. Six months later, due to a fabricated incident with someone else’s dog, the HOA informed the residents that they would have to once again enforce... Read More



May 8, 2015

Condo Foundation Crack Creating Multiple Problems
K.D. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Some type of foundation crack and hole caused extensive damage to our condo that lies beneath the foundation. Last year, 2 days after we moved in, the water came pouring in every time it rained. Building Inspector, builder and Property Manager... Read More



May 7, 2015

Contentious Condo Owner Bombarding Board with Information Requests
S.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our building has a contentious owner who has hired a lawyer to represent him. His lawyer has written to the Board advising of this representation of his client. Meanwhile, the owner continues to bombard the Board with requests for... Read More



May 6, 2015

Can the Board Reassign Condo Parking Spaces?
S.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Each unit in my self-managed 15-unit condominium has two assigned parking spaces. One of the units is about to be sold. Another Unit owner would like to assume one of the parking spaces assigned to the Unit owner who is leaving. The Unit... Read More



May 5, 2015

10% Condo Reserve Fund Just Isn’t Enough!
G.D. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a Reserve account, which is more than 10% of our monthly income. It has been the association’s practice to use the Reserve instead of doing assessments. We now need to have a large project done and estimates are coming in for more then... Read More



May 2, 2015

Closed Condo Committee Meetings and CIOA
M.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Under the CIOA ACT, are committee meetings where the committee does not have the power to act on behalf of the association, subject to being open to all unit owners as is required for Board Meetings? Mister Condo replies: M.L., that is an... Read More



May 1, 2015

Verbal or Written Petition to Call a Special Meeting of Condo Unit Owners?
K.D. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, To call a special meeting of the unit owners, do the condo owners need to sign a document, or is their verbal agreement enough? Mister Condo replies: K.D., thank you for your question. Special meetings of unit owners are generally called when... Read More



April 30, 2015

Condo Video Surveillance of Private Areas
R.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! Is it allowed to install a video surveillance system on private areas in a condo? Does someone need to monitor the picture? Can someone request to access the recordings? Thanks a lot! Mister Condo replies: R.H., Many condominium and... Read More



April 29, 2015

First Time Boston Condo Buyer Concerned Over Lack of Reserve Fund
B.K. from Boston, MA writes: Dear Mister Condo, My wife and I are considering buying our first home just outside of Boston. The market is red hot so we have to move quickly if we are to purchase this unit. We found a condo we can afford in a small (12 unit) association. I was …... Read More



April 28, 2015

Why Can’t I Install Windows At My Condo On My Own?
A.C. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I would like to replace a window on my unit. According to the association I own the window. I have asked the association and know what kind of window they approve but they also told me that I must use a licensed installer. My uncle offered his... Read More



April 25, 2015

Improper Notice of Condo Board Meeting Leads to Questionable Actions
J.M. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our board chairperson sent an email on a Thursday for Board members to meet the next evening at 7:00 PM to go over the agenda items that would be presented at the monthly condo meeting of owners. The list of agenda items was provided. Of the 7... Read More



April 24, 2015

Condo Parking Lot Warning Stickers
E.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Where do I find samples of warning stickers to post on parking offenders car? Mister Condo replies: E.C., I did a Google search on “parking lot warning notice stickers” and found several vendors who sell such stickers. But before I... Read More



April 23, 2015

State Law Requiring Shoveling of Condo Walkways
B.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are condo associations required by Connecticut State law to shovel walkways and other common elements? If so, which state law states it? Thank you! Mister Condo replies: B.B., I am aware of no such law. The reality is that condominium and their... Read More



April 22, 2015

Condo Drama of the Highest Order
H.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We had a pipe freeze of our sprinkler system in a unit that was under foreclosure. The Property Manager took no preventive action prior to a severe cold snap to ensure the utilities were on in the foreclosed unit. The Property Manager... Read More



April 21, 2015

Cited by the Board for Too Much Condo Noise
T.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am being fined every week for noise violations of “running, dropping, dragging, banging, stomping, screaming” between the hours of 7:40 am – 8:30 pm. I have a two year-old son who does run, jump, and occasionally scream but this is... Read More



April 18, 2015

Condo Comment Box for Owners and Renters; Good Idea?
D.L. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, A new comment/suggestion sheet has been written, so that homeowners who aren’t able to attend meetings will be able to add their input about items like safety, maintenance, tennis courts, pool, and garages. They also want renter... Read More



April 17, 2015

Management Company Employee Assaulted on Condo Grounds
K.D. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, There was an altercation between Management’s employee and a condo tenant. The tenant swung a bag of garbage at the Management’s employee head and it hit the employee in the head. Police were involved but charges were not pressed... Read More



April 16, 2015

Right to Inspect Association Employee Salaries
L.M. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, In Florida, can unit owners inspect individual salaries of the 6 association employees? Mister Condo replies: L.M., in so much as salaries and payroll records are association records, it would follow that as a unit owner within the association, you and... Read More



April 15, 2015

Condo Owner Cited for Kitchen Remodel Done Years Prior by Previous Owner
R.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the HOA cite the current owner for an architectural change (remodeled kitchen) done by a previous owner? Is there a statute of limitations on such issues? The CC&Rs do not clearly say that the current owner is at fault. Does it... Read More



April 14, 2015

Condo May Need to Rewrite Declaration, Bylaws, and Rules
J.R. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are rewriting all our documents. Where should the processes/procedures be included? Are they just noted as available in our documents so they will be checked or are they actually written in the bylaws? Do all the new laws get written into the... Read More



April 11, 2015

Small Condo with Big Governance Issues
G.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own one unit out of a 4-unit condo. The owner of the other three units has total control of all funds and will not release to me how much money is in the Reserve. He will not tell me how much the monthly expenses are …... Read More



April 10, 2015

Should Maintenance Receipts Be Included with the Condo Minutes?
K.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello. I am Vice-President and Treasurer, recently had annual condo meeting. We were in budget and everything was good, but one new co-owner demanded to see receipts of the general maintenance and wants to put the receipts itemized in the... Read More



April 9, 2015

Condo Meetings Running Wild!
H.W. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have always used Roberts Rules to conduct meetings of all government and condo meetings. Our new President is using something called “President’s Rules”? What is this about? They suspend Roberts Rules at the beginning of each meeting and... Read More



April 8, 2015

Unit Owner Filming Other Unit Owner Violating Condo Rules
A.B. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If an owner is using cameras to record actions of neighbor in order to have fines levied, is this legal and what action can be taken? Mister Condo replies: A.B., cameras are all around us these days. Everything from traffic and security... Read More



April 7, 2015

Can We Pay Ourselves for Work Done at the Condo?
E.K. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our small 4-family has some residents who do most of the chores voluntarily. Snow removal, cleaning of stairwells, taking in and out trash, book keeping, and bidding and supervising special projects have all long been done by volunteers.... Read More



April 4, 2015

By the Numbers: California Condo Special Assessment
R.W. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, Quoting the California Civil Code: 5605. (b) Notwithstanding more restrictive limitations placed on the board by the governing documents, the board may not impose a regular assessment that is more than 20 percent greater than the regular assessment... Read More



April 3, 2015

Can I Claim my Condo Neighbor’s Unused Parking Space?
W.W. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If a condo owner is no longer a resident on the property and is selling the condo, can anyone with a handicap Placard claim that Parking spot that’s not being used? Mister Condo replies: W.W., I am getting lots of handicapped parking... Read More



April 2, 2015

How Many Handicapped Parking Spaces Required at a Condo?
S.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, If you live in a 80-unit condo how many handicap parking spaces are allowed? Mister Condo replies: S.G., regardless of the size of the condominium complex, the answer to your question lies in the specific use of the property as it was... Read More



April 1, 2015

WHOA, Mister Condo! Not so fast!
(Editor’s Note: This question references and earlier question which can be found at http://askmistercondo.com/what-steps-does-the-hoa-take-to-place-a-lien-on-delinquent-unit/) P.D. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, WHOA, Mister Condo! Not so fast! March 9, 2015, B.B. in Litchfield... Read More



March 31, 2015

Small Condo, Big Condo Governance Problem
D.A. from Los Angeles, CA writes: Dear Mister Condo, Question: Can I sue another unit owner for financial damage if I can’t sell my unit? I have a condo in Los Angeles. It is up for sale. One unit owner is contesting the board elections from last September and a special assessment to paint... Read More



March 28, 2015

Nominating Committee for Self-Managed Condo
N.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do you have information of how to form a nominating committee for a self-managed condominium? Mister Condo replies: N.L., that is a very interesting question. The answer lies in your governing documents which may or may not outline the procedure... Read More



March 27, 2015

Property Management Firm Not Performing to Association’s Expectations
K.C. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Help! We have a new property management group at our condominium complex. My concern is that they do not seem to realize that they are working for us. They are attempting to run the show. They need to be reeled in but we have a new Board …... Read More



March 26, 2015

Whose Insurance Pays for Condo Damage from Upstairs Burst Pipe?
J.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a second floor condo (3 floors). A pipe broke in the guy’s unit above mine and flooded my unit. I had to replace sheetrock, carpet, hardwood, and some fixtures. Am I responsible for the cost of repairs or are he and his... Read More



March 25, 2015

Condo Garage Door Assessment for Unit Owner with No Garage!
D.F. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo with 11 units. Only 10 of the units have garages. I am the owner of the unit that doesn’t have a garage. A special assessment has been voted to replace garage doors. Do I have to pay the assessment? The 10 …... Read More



March 24, 2015

Florida Condo Association Restricts Use of Boat Docks
A.R. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I own a condo in Florida which I rent out on an annual lease. My question relates to common element boat docks. The documents state: 1) only unit owners shall be allowed to keep boats. 2) Renters, Lessees, and guests are not allowed to keep boats on... Read More



March 21, 2015

Condo Sump Pump Thump and Bump!
D.H. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, There are sump pumps below my unit. They are in the cellar below my unit and are very noisy. They cycle on and off every 15 minutes and at end of each cycle, vibrate the floors loudly. I’ve complained to the BOD and the head maintenance... Read More



March 20, 2015

Increase to Condo Common Fees Means No More Special Assessments
A.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, With the inception of our new budget and an increase of 18% increase in monthly condo fees, the board of our condo association, stated arbitrarily that there will no longer be special assessments and that such issues would be rolled into the... Read More



March 19, 2015

Which Insurance Coverage Covers Condo Ice Dam Damage?
W.M. from Tolland County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My daughter lives in a condo and she has leaking in her living room from an ice dam on the roof. The wall and ceiling above the sliding door are soaked. She recently received a letter from the condo management company saying they would not do... Read More



March 18, 2015

No Money, No Meetings at the Condo
T.J. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The association secretary is not paying bills and won’t issue statement of our money’s whereabouts for over two years. Elevator company won’t come because of nonpayment. Snow plow man not paid and won’t come either. The committee members... Read More



March 17, 2015

Condo Roof Snow Becomes Condo Ground Ice!
S.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I pay over $200 a month in condo fees. Lawn upkeep and snow removal are included. The association had a man remove snow from the unit roofs. That snow of about 8 inches is still all over the sidewalk 7 days later. The snow is now ice …... Read More



March 14, 2015

Faulty Plumbing in Florida Condo Causing Septic Nightmare
M.T. from South Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m currently living on the second floor of a 5-story condo building in South Florida. I travel a lot for work being that I work for an airline, so I’m rarely ever home more than 10 days a month. I’ve come home numerous occasions... Read More



March 13, 2015

Settling Foundation Leads to Uneven Condo Floors
R.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently removed carpet (anticipating hardwood) to find hump running from kitchen to dining room. Installer states the floor fell and is uneven due to settling. Who repairs for this fix owner or association? Mister Condo replies: R.B., I am... Read More



March 12, 2015

Long Term Effects of Low Condo Common Fees Felt in New Jersey!
L.F. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a 30-unit condo that has had minimal maintenance over the last 10-15 years. Routine stuff like snow plowing and lawn cutting have been done, but larger issues like lighting, painting, water heaters, and other electrical has been ignored. Most... Read More



March 11, 2015

Lien Holder Notification in Condo or HOA Foreclosure
D.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, How can I tell if the HOA or Condo Association either did or did not notify all other lien or mortgage holders of the upcoming foreclosure? Mister Condo replies: D.S., foreclosures are not usually left to HOA or condominium association... Read More



March 10, 2015

What Steps Does the HOA Take to Place a Lien on Delinquent Unit?
B.B. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What steps must the HOA follow to place on lien on a homeowners unit for nonpayment of an assessment? Mister Condo replies: B.B., there are a few things in life that just happen on their own. Believe it or not, the HOA lien on a unit for... Read More



March 7, 2015

Bay State Small Condo Governance Quandary
E.M. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, I purchased a newly constructed duplex unit in 2002 and the purchase and sale package included condominium association by-laws and documents filed legally within the county court. Between 2002 – 2009, an informal arrangement for maintenance of... Read More



March 6, 2015

Unit Owner Paid For Condo Building to be Painted
G.A. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Due to lack of funds, my condo association has not kept up the property. So, I paid out of pocket to have the common areas of my six-unit building painted. Only one owner in my building is delinquent in paying their fees, and already has a lien... Read More



March 5, 2015

Condo Snow and Ice Removal Insufficient
A.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, In my condominium association, all the units are two-story attached townhouses in a number of separate buildings with about a half mile of roads and paths that are Common Elements around the complex. Each unit has its own stoop, and the stoops... Read More



March 4, 2015

Condo President Fires Condo Maintenance Employee
J.J. from Broward County, Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, A President has just been elected for the condo I worked for in greater Fort Lauderdale. I have worked for this condo as a cleaning and maintenance person for the past 4 years. The Board President was re-elected in January, 2015. Two... Read More



March 3, 2015

Term Limits for Condo Board Members
J.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is it common practice in Connecticut for condo board members to be subject to term limits? Do most condos in Connecticut impose term limits on board members? Mister Condo replies: J.M., in my experience, it is not a common practice in... Read More



February 28, 2015

2015 CAI-CT Condo/HOA Conference & Expo
On Saturday, March 14th, the Connecticut Chapter of the Community Associations Institute will hold its Annual Condo/HOA Conference & Expo. This year’s theme is “Planning for a Healthy Community”. If you do nothing else to educate yourself and get ready for all of the changes 2015 has in... Read More



February 27, 2015

Condo Replacement Windows Require Board Approval
M.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is it permissible under Connecticut condo law to choose a window replacement vendor (Home Depot) rather than the board pre-approved vendors (Renewal by Andersen & Marvin)? Of course assuming that the Home Depot window has the same exterior... Read More



February 26, 2015

HOA Licensure for Foreclosure?
R.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does the HOA have to be licensed in order to foreclose on a condo? Mister Condo replies: R.C., thank you for writing. I can only offer friendly advice here, so, please accept my reply as such. Consult with a qualified attorney if you... Read More



February 25, 2015

Condo Contractor Unlicensed and Uninsured
D.S. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I used the contractor who does work for my building (who said he was licensed) to install a floor in my kitchen. Unfortunately, he caused extensive damage to my kitchen. He is refusing to compensate me and the building refuses to get... Read More



February 24, 2015

Do Unrelated Co-Owners of Condo Need a Special Contract?
N.P. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does a condominium association have the right to require unrelated owners to sign a special contract with respect to their co-ownership of the unit? Mister Condo replies: N.P., that is an interesting question and I am guessing the answer lies... Read More



February 21, 2015

Condo Association Requires Vehicle Information
W.D. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, May a Condo Association ask for Vehicle Information? Mister Condo replies: W.D., they sure can! Your by-laws most likely require that all vehicles on the property be registered. This is done to make sure the association doesn’t have any... Read More



February 20, 2015

Pay To Park in Condo Guest Parking
D.Z. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can associations charge unit owners for unassigned guest parking spots? We purchased a condo over a year ago. We were told if we have more than one car we have to park it in an unassigned guest parking space and pay $15.00 extra on our... Read More



February 19, 2015

Right To Inspect Condo Association Contracts
G.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does Connecticut law mandate that unit owners have a right to get copies of contracts signed by the Association’s Board? Mister Condo replies: G.S., as a general rule, all unit owners within an association have a right to inspect any record... Read More



February 18, 2015

Foreclosing on a Deceased Condo Unit Owner’s Estate
B.B. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How long should the association wait to file foreclosure action after a homeowner has died and his survivor stops paying the monthly fees? Mister Condo replies: B.B., I am sorry for your community’s loss of a member. When a unit owner dies... Read More



February 17, 2015

Condo Board Member Elected V.P. Wishes to Serve At Large
D.P. from Virginia writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condominium community in Virginia. We have 5 Board positions. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Member at large. At a recent Board of Directors meeting, elections were held for these positions. 1 Board member was absent,... Read More



February 14, 2015

Planned Unit Development Delinquency Rate Effect on Mortgage
B.T. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, My clients live in an attached Planned Unit Development (PUD) complex; they are refinancing their home using and FHA-backed mortgage. There are only 9 units in the complex. Does the 15% delinquency rate apply? 2 of the units are late... Read More



February 13, 2015

Slip and Fall Inside the Condo Shower; Who Gets Sued?
J.R. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, A family member slipped and fell in my shower. He’s 63 years old. He has been unsteady on his feet for a few years and has fallen before. My sister said her insurance company called and wanted info on me. Can I be sued for this? …... Read More



February 12, 2015

Damned Condo Ice Dams!
L.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am looking for a great lawyer for not getting proper maintenance of my roof as every few years I keep getting damage from ice damming in the same spot. Mister Condo replies: L.B., I am sorry for your ice damming woes. It seems every winter... Read More



February 11, 2015

Sample Condo Board Minutes
D.S. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Association’s meeting minutes seem sparse. Where can I find good information on what our board meeting minutes should include? Aside from votes on contractors for projects and the dollar amount of the project and votes on hearings, our... Read More



February 10, 2015

Who Pays for the Condo Property Manager’s Cell Phone?
U.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The Board of our condo association recently discovered that our Property Manager is billing us for cell phone used by the Property Manager. The Board asked why is this happening despite the fact that the Contract does not specify that Association... Read More



February 9, 2015

Smart Phones and HOA Communication Strategies
Has there been any modern communication breakthrough as powerful as the smart phone? The internet and all of its resources are right there in the palm of your hand. There is a fair possibility that you are using a smart phone to read this article. For better or for worse, smart phones are now... Read More



February 7, 2015

Unapproved Condo Skylights Letting In More than Light!
M.H. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I bought a condo that has 3 skylights. I found out after I’d lived in the condo for over a year that the skylights were installed by a previous owner without permission of the board and that I would be responsible for cleaning and... Read More



February 6, 2015

The Condo Board Controls the Condo’s Bulletin Board
D.C. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a community bulletin board but no rules governing its use. My husband and I recently settled a lawsuit with our association which had been in litigation for more than two years. We posted info regarding the settlement on the... Read More



February 5, 2015

Condo’s Bollard Lights Bollixed
J.E. from Albuquerque, New Mexico writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo in Albuquerque. We have bollard lights between buildings (4 units in a building) that have been falling apart for over 7 years. They are being “fixed” with “pieces of metal” They are disgusting,... Read More



February 4, 2015

Distress for Condo Manager In a Distressed Association
A.R. from New Jersey writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, Thanks for taking my question. I have been managing a 20-unit Condo building in NJ for last 3 years as a property manager. When I took over, almost every unit owner was behind on their common charges, and things are getting worst ever since.... Read More



February 3, 2015

How to Handle Unruly Condo Unit Owners
C.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have two unit owners who constantly try to create problems by making untrue statements about board members. Constantly look for things to complain about, disrupt meetings. It has been suggested by other owners that they move. Anything... Read More



January 31, 2015

Condo Dog Fight With No End in Sight
S.N. from Westchester County, NY writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! I have a downstairs neighbor in my Westchester, NY condo who, for the past two years, I have been asking them to control their constantly barking dog. I have sent them a multitude of letters and tried talking to them face to face. I... Read More



January 30, 2015

Condo Owner with Reverse Mortgage Can Still Be Foreclosed
B.G. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a reverse mortgage on my condo and have not been able to keep up with the condo fees. I have a hearing with the board this week .Can the board take my condo? Mister Condo replies: B.G., as yesterday’s column about the... Read More



January 29, 2015

Delinquent Condo Fees and Foreclosures
P.D. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I read a lot in your blog about foreclosure when a condo owner is delinquent with monthly fees. Two questions: Can foreclosure be initiated over an unpaid special assessment? What level of delinquency are we talking about? Would it be a certain... Read More



January 28, 2015

Workmen’s Compensation and Condominium Insurance
  P.D. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I know you’re not a lawyer but I pose this question because officers of other condo associations may be exposed to this same problem. Our modest size condo association is required by our insurer to carry workman’s... Read More



January 27, 2015

HOA Board Paints Homes Twice in Five Years
N.M. from Nevada writes: Dear Mister Condo, Where I live just outside of Las Vegas, my HOA painted our homes five years ago with paint that was supposed to last ten years. Now (only five years later) they are spending our money to paint again. They did not inspect nor did they allow us to …... Read More



January 24, 2015

Condo Unit Owner Refusing to Accept Mail from the Association
P.D. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am facing a communication challenge with one of my residents who is refusing to accept mail from the association regarding common fee increases and other news of importance. My association offers electronic notification as well but this unit... Read More



January 23, 2015

Condo Board Reassigning Parking Spaces After 18 Years!
J.T. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, Thank you for your input on the following! I received a flyer from our condo president on Friday last showing a hand-drawn rough sketch of where each condo owner is now going to park. Our current marked and assigned spaces have not been... Read More



January 22, 2015

Fired Up Over Condo Smoke Alarm Inspection Fee
N.O. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association forced a smoke alarm inspection on until owners last spring. Now I have a bill to pay a Fire Marshall $25 for the inspection regardless of outcome (which I passed). Is this legal for them to bill me for this? Mister Condo... Read More



January 21, 2015

Shining the Sun on HOA Solar Rights
J.T. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a Planned Community where Homeowners own their individual lots and dwellings restrict or regulate the installation or maintenance of Solar Panels on their individual homes or lots? Mister Condo replies: J.T., as you can imagine there has been... Read More



January 20, 2015

Condo Board Member Slanders and Defames Fellow Board Member
A.D. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My Condo board has an alternate board member who, after our annual meeting, sent out an email to all board members. One of this alternate board member’s concerns was regarding something she thought she saw another board member do. Her... Read More



January 17, 2015

Ask Mister Condo In Print? I’m Flattered!
P.D. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Will you publish a book of your postings? Mister Condo replies: P.D., I think I might have a heck of a time finding a publisher! Thank you for asking! If I thought folks would read all the questions and answers that we have tackled over the... Read More



January 16, 2015

Warped Condo Siding – Who Pays?
D.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The siding on the back of my condo has warped. The association says it was the vent from my gas fireplace. I had a service company check out my unit and they said it was working 100% perfectly. The association has charged me $221.00 to replace... Read More



January 15, 2015

Condo Executive Board Approves Budget Without Meeting!
A.T. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the Executive Board approve a new budget without even meeting? Since there was no meeting they say that they are not liable to provide minutes. Is this correct? Mister Condo replies: A.T., no, that is not correct. However, correcting the... Read More



January 14, 2015

Condo Window Film In Place for 6 Years Has Got To Go!
G.E. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have had window film on my East facing bedroom windows for over 6 years. Two weeks ago I received a letter from the property management asking me to remove it. At the same time, the management company has approved a neighbor’s... Read More



January 13, 2015

Withholding Common Fees to Force Condo Unit Repair!
J.S. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The condo fails to make repairs. Can I put condo fees in escrow until repairs are made? I warned them in writing I would do this beginning January 1st. Can they charge late fees or will I lose even if I make payments monthly in the …... Read More



January 10, 2015

Condo Beautification Guidelines
J.J. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We’re in the process of creating a design/beautification committee. Any guidelines available so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel? Mister Condo replies: J.J., beautification is one of the primary objectives of the Board, so... Read More



January 9, 2015

Condo Adds Hiking Trail and Potential Liability!
M.M. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association has just completed building a two mile hiking trail around the property. The trail meanders thru some very isolated and rugged areas. My question is: should the trail be patrolled during normal hours of use? A minor health... Read More



January 8, 2015

Unit Owner Responsibility Repairs Made with Association Funds!
D.M. from outside of Connecticut writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have an Association President and Secretary who are using funds to pay for Unit repairs that are the owner’s responsibilities. What can be done about this? Mister Condo replies: D.M., condominium documents usually spell out which... Read More



January 7, 2015

Replacing a Condo Property Manager During Developer Control
R.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I ‘m the president of the Board of a newly developed condominium association. Can we replace the property manager that was hired by the developer? 76% of units are sold; we have two homeowners on the board. I’m not happy with her... Read More



January 6, 2015

2015 Manager of the Year Call for Nominations!
Today’s column is something a little different. So much of what we read and hear about in the news today is negative so how about some good news today? Do you know a hard-working Property Manager that deserves some special recognition? Now is the time to take action. In 2013, the “Manager of... Read More



January 3, 2015

Calling All Condo Board Presidents
F.L. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am the President of a HOA in CT. I want to share with other Condo Presidents significant savings I’ve uncovered independent of the Management Co. Is there a list of Condo Board Presidents that I could contact? Mister Condo replies: F.L.,... Read More



January 2, 2015

Welcome, 2015!
All of us at AskMisterCondo.com would like to wish our readers a happy and healthy New Year. You have kept us quite busy answering your condo questions this past year and we look forward to a new year of queries and helpful suggestions to help you make the most of your community association living... Read More



January 1, 2015

Condo Leaky Pipe Draining Insurance Resources
V.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What are the laws concerning insurance? We currently have an issue where a leaky pipe from one condo caused damage in another unit. Is the unit owner responsible or the association? What makes that determination? Thank you! Mister Condo replies:... Read More



December 31, 2014

Condo Board Allowed Unit Owners to Not Pay Common Fees!
D.A. from Washington, D.C. writes: Dear Mister Condo, This is a D.C. issue. My condo association was run for years by the condo association, which didn’t bother to go after association payments from people who didn’t pay. It also didn’t get around to repairs until forced to do so.... Read More



December 30, 2014

Verbally Abusive Unit Owner Not Following Condo Rules
P.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m on the board of our association. For the most part we have a very cooperative community. However, we have one unit owner who continually defies bylaws. He comes to the annual meeting and is belligerent, confrontational and just plain... Read More



December 27, 2014

Selective Enforcement of Condo Parking Rules
S.H. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo board seems to be selectively enforcing parking rules. The board has made it clear that condo owners may not use visitor parking for their own personal vehicles and have sent notices to some owners that do so, but the president and... Read More



December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays from Ask Mister Condo
We’re taking a few days off to enjoy the holiday break. We wish you and yours a joyous holiday season. Please enjoy our little holiday poem. We’ll be back to answering your questions on December 26th. Happy Holidays! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the condo Not a... Read More



December 24, 2014

Water from My Unit Damaged Downstairs Condo Unit
D.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Last week at midnight, I had a downstairs neighbor come banging on my door complaining about a leak from his bedroom ceiling. My kitchen is located right above so he thought it must have been our dishwasher or sink. I inspected all the areas and... Read More



December 23, 2014

Condo Owners Verbally Assaulted ; Call the Police!
L.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What relief are condo owners entitled to from the association or property manager in a complex when another condo owner with a history of violence repeatedly yells threatening and abusive comments at them on a regular basis? Mister Condo... Read More



December 20, 2014

In the Dark Over Condo Emergency Lighting
F.C. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, Mr. Condo! I am in a condo where the lights in the common areas (i.e. stairwells and hallways) are affected when there is a power outage in my area, which happens quite often. The Association is aware of this situation. I assumed that the... Read More



December 19, 2014

Condo Living With Marijuana Smoking Neighbors
D.B. from Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, Greetings from western Massachusetts! We are a self managed Property with over 300 Units, with approximately 10 Units per Building. Our Rules & Regulations prohibit smoking in any interior Common Area (hallways, Laundry Rooms, Clubhouse, etc.)... Read More



December 18, 2014

Condo Association Has No Bylaws!
S.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association does not have bylaws! What are there requirements and how do I get them to produce them? Mister Condo replies: S.S., it would be highly unusual for a condo association to not have by-laws. Most certainly there is a... Read More



December 17, 2014

Canadian Condo Fee Increase Without a Vote
Z.G. from Ontario writes: Dear Mister Condo, Unit owners need to know if Maintenance fee for upcoming 2015 could be increased over 11% without a vote. Mister Condo replies: Z.G., greetings to you, my Canadian friend! I am not an attorney nor am I an expert on Canadian Condominium law so please... Read More



December 16, 2014

Are Condo Reserves Required by Law?
P.D. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are reserves required by law? If so, what level? Mister Condo replies: P.D., it may surprise you to know that there are no laws in our state that specifically require condos or HOAs to contribute money to their Reserve Funds. I am not an... Read More



December 13, 2014

Condo Dog Walking No Longer Possible
M.A. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association allows dogs, but they can only be walked on the rear yard in the grass, and cannot be walked on the street within the community.  I have asked the Board for an exception to this rule because of a recent medical problem... Read More



December 12, 2014

Condo Board Unresponsive to Owner
S.J. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The Board is not responding to my requests like putting windows on the garage door as other units in our complex have. Mister Condo replies: S.J., if the board has agreed to a change in an architectural style for an item like a garage door for... Read More



December 11, 2014

Condo Fireplace Vent Improperly Installed
M.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a gas fireplace in our condo. Recently we were notified that the fireplace vent outside has warped the siding around it. Our association had told us to get our fireplace cleaned and checked. We had a reputable company come and service... Read More



December 10, 2014

Condo Conveyance and Rental Fees
T.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the condo board/property management company charge $350.00 dollars when you either rent or sell your unit? I can understand a certain fee for documents but that seems quite high. One owner said it was $100.00 for administrative fees and... Read More



December 9, 2014

Second Hand Smoke Ruining Condo Life
E.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Second hand smoke is coming into our unit from our neighbors unit since they moved in over a year ago. I have personally told them it was coming into our unit and asked them to please smoke outside. This made the chain smoking of multiple chain... Read More



December 6, 2014

Does the Condo Board Have to Answer My Question at a Meeting?
M.W. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My son lives out of state and wants me to represent him at board meetings. The board told me they don’t have to answer my questions because I’m not the owner, even if I get an affidavit stating my son’s wish for me to represent... Read More



December 6, 2014

Action Against Condo Problem Tenant Sought
D.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, One unit owner’s son is residing in the unit where he gets drunk and leaves the stove on. Last evening he passed out and the gas was on but not lit causing the evacuation of the building. This is the 4th time the fire department has been... Read More



December 6, 2014

Years’ Worth of Uncollected Common Fees Asked to Be Paid
G.M. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, Mr. Condo! I live in a small condominium community and none of the unit owners have paid association fees since moving in. The Declarant has essentially been paying these expenses and only now wants to collect the fees that he hasn’t... Read More



December 6, 2014

Condo Balance Sheet Out of Balance
B.V. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We do not have professional book keeper. I find in the balance sheet generated by the accounting software our grouping of operating fund, reserve fund and equity is possibly not correct resulting in very huge account payables though in reality... Read More



December 6, 2014

How Much Auditing of the Condo’s Finances is Required?
G.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Condo Declaration states that the Association’s annual financial statement shall be audited by an independent certified public accountant. Our board claims it has the discretion to choose the “level” of audit, and that an... Read More



December 6, 2014

Condo Board Member Bullying Fellow Board Member
R.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are there any state or federal laws that govern Board conduct regarding treatment of a physically impaired Board member by other Board members? For example, if a person has a hearing loss and is ridiculed or negatively referenced in couched... Read More



December 6, 2014

Changing a Limited Common Element to a Common Element
A.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Board wants to change the stoops and steps from a limited common area to a common area which would make the association and home owners responsible for repairs and replacements. My question is: Does this need to be voted on by the whole... Read More



December 6, 2014

Condo Snow Removal Causes Condo Debt to Pile Up
B.J. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo board has decided not to do an assessment for the overage in snow plowing last year and instead has opted to pay the company a little at a time. Our HOA is now operating in the red because of this decision which will affect my... Read More



December 6, 2014

Condo Board Voting on Items Not on Agenda
A.D. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our board has monthly meetings. They open with an Executive Session for 30 minutes. After that the open meeting starts. Sometimes they have another Executive meeting at the end. Recently, I attended one of these meetings. Residents were dismissed... Read More



December 6, 2014

Veteran Condo Owner Abused by Neighbor!
J.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Thank you for your professional opinion on the Condo Parking Lot Obstacle Course problem. I also have another question about parking spaces. On purchasing the condo in 1987, two spaces were clearly marked with my condo unit number. Now, a... Read More



November 20, 2014

Condo General Manager or Condo Control Freak?
M.M. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our general manager insists on meeting every condo purchaser and renter before he approves the transaction. This seems illegal to me. He is a control freak but I think this goes too far. Mister Condo replies: M.M., it may go too far or it may... Read More



November 19, 2014

Larger Condo Unit; Larger Common Expense
A.S. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am and have been concerned how the monthly condo fees are determined. More importantly, I have been concerned about the manner in which special assessments are determined for the upkeep of common access grounds, buildings, etc.. Our association... Read More



November 18, 2014

Who Can Use Condo Handicapped Parking Spaces?
B.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can anyone with a handicap parking permit use any handicap parking space in an unassigned parking lot? Mister Condo replies: B.B., the short answer is “it depends”. Most condominiums are considered private property so they are free to make... Read More



November 15, 2014

Injured at the Condo; Who Will Get Sued?
J.A. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a tenant who rents a condo from an individual owner. I had a guest visiting me. When she left, she fell through the stair and hurt her knee really badly. The stair gave out when she stepped on it. This is the second time... Read More



November 14, 2014

Homeless Relative Making a Home in Condo Carport
J.C. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, There is a relative of one of our home owners whom is homeless by choice and sleeps in her car in the homeowners’ carport for the winter. How can we stop this? Mister Condo replies: J.C., Yikes! That is most unfortunate. Homelessness is an... Read More



November 13, 2014

How Can I Follow “Ask Mister Condo”?
L.H. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can you tell me how I add my e-mail address to follow your blog? Thanks! Mister Condo replies: L.H., I am humbled that you would even ask. Thank you! Our website does produce a feed that can be subscribed to using any third party blog reading... Read More



November 12, 2014

Can Board Raise Common Fees So High as to Force Owners Out?
J.G. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a condo board raise fees so high that owners are forced out? Mister Condo replies: J.G., common fees are determined by a number of factors. Some are within the Board’s control; most are not. The basic concept is that the Board reviews the... Read More



November 11, 2014

Self Managed Condo; Self Managed Board President
B.K. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is it legal and/or appropriate for the President (a voluntary position held by a NON owner) of a self-managed mid-sized complex to spend allocated funds from an approved budget without board approval? Example: The current president is spending... Read More



November 8, 2014

Can We Change Our Condo Fees?
W.B. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello, Mr. Condo. I live in a community with 60 units. Condo fees have always been split evenly; all 60 units pay the same fee. Unfortunately, almost every unit has a different square footage. Someone on the board continually brings up that she... Read More



November 7, 2014

Handicapped Visitor Parking Versus Paid Condo Parking
C.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 200+ unit condo with 1, 2, or 3 garage assigned spaces. Condo docs specify all residents must park in garage; extra cars need to rent in garage. We have an 80-unit “visitor only” parking lot with 6 handicap designated spots. I... Read More



November 6, 2014

Condo Board Refuses to Mandate Older Water Heater Replacement
F.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am recommending that my condo board make mandatory periodic replacement of in-unit water heaters. We had a few leak causing water damage to surrounding and lower level units. My board said they cannot make it mandatory as a preventative item.... Read More



November 5, 2014

Condo Board Member Passes Away; No Agreement on Replacement
N.T. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a 5 member board and one has died; we cannot agree on a replacement. It is a 2 to 2 vote. Our election is not for 5 months, what do we need to do? Mister Condo replies: N.T., I am sorry that you have lost a... Read More



November 4, 2014

Board Action Required to Add Condo Entrance for Disabled
J.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the board vote not to make doors and the ramp in building accessible for disabled people? Mister Condo replies: J.G., the short answer is “it depends” and what it depends upon is a few different things. If the building has any other... Read More



November 1, 2014

Who Pays for Sealed Condo Chimney Inspection?
C.N. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My fireplace is sealed and insulated. I don’t use it. Now the HOA Board is requiring I pay to have the ‘chimney and outside components’ inspected to be sure no dead animals or debris are in there for insurance purposes. Is this... Read More



October 31, 2014

Offensive HOA President Accused of Abusing Association Funds
V.R. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, Recently, I received a letter from a concerned neighbor that revealed some serious issues at our condo. The HOA was dropped by both the auditor and Property Management Company due to concerns over internal controls. Included were copies of letters from... Read More



October 30, 2014

Condo Dissolution Sought
S.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! We are in the process of buying two units that are essentially a multi-family house that was converted to a condo 7 years ago. It is a foreclosure and cash deal because of the condo mess. The owner that let them foreclose has a third... Read More



October 29, 2014

Condo Contemplates Adjoining Land Purchase
S.T. from Michigan writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Board wants to purchase adjoining land (12.7 acres) of field/trees which will be a berm/buffer zone for the Association as protection from purchase by another party which might construct an apartment complex, for example. We do not intend to build... Read More



October 28, 2014

Mixed Use Condo; Mixed Up Board!
M.B. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! I live in a 7 unit plus an office condo. We picked 4 people to manage our finances and they stopped paying maintenance for their apartments. Since 4 of them live in 2 apartments, we basically lost about 20% of our maintenance per month.... Read More



October 25, 2014

Where to Live While Condo Repairs Are Made
M.D. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Water is leaking into my unit from the condo upstairs. The plumber is fixing that unit’s bathroom. How can I stay downstairs with a hole in the bathroom ceiling? The hole is large enough that bad fumes come from upstairs into my unit. Help!... Read More



October 24, 2014

Condo Unit Guest Intimidated Condo Employee
R.S. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a high rise condo and in 32 years we have never had problems with residents being rude to our employees. But a live-in guest of one resident intimidated and was extremely rude to a 19 year-old employee who was only trying to enforce... Read More



October 23, 2014

Condo Parking Lot Turned into Obstacle Course
J.K. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Parking in my assigned spot became difficult when a unit owner placed very large planters on the blacktop in an area where I make a turn to get into my space, especially in the winter. Is placing these planters on the blacktop legal? Mister... Read More



October 22, 2014

Condo Walkways and Parking Lot Failing
L.F. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association has neglected repairs to the walkways and alcove between the 2 buildings. Rain water enters the alcove and puddles restrict you from getting your mail. The walkways are cracked with large crevices. The parking lot has huge... Read More



October 21, 2014

Unlicensed Contractor Hired by Condo President
K.B. from California writes: Dear Mister Condo, What if the President of our association knew all along that he hired an unlicensed contractor? I just found out that this guy was paid close to $11,000 in 4 months and I have yet to figure out what he actually did. The person heading the yearly audit... Read More



October 18, 2014

Inconsiderate Condo Neighbor Constantly Running Washing Machine
C.W. from Maryland writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 55+ condo in Maryland. The family above us has a washing machine that is so loud when it’s used that it shakes my bedroom windows. I have spoken to them quite a few times about this with no results. They now run the machine... Read More



October 17, 2014

Oversized Vehicle Blocking Access to Condo Parking
M.A. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a landlord rent a parking space to an oversized vehicle like a Suburban and disable accessible parking to other tenants? Mister Condo replies: M.A., there are really two questions here with two different answers. Both answers depend on your... Read More



October 16, 2014

Storage Containers, Previously Allowed At Condo, No Longer Allowed
G.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Condo has rule not allowing storage containers on balconies however previous board allowed tan basic containers for the last 7 years. Current board was fine with them the last 2 years and now is sending letters of violation to owners to remove... Read More



October 15, 2014

How Long Can a Condo Board Take to Enforce Rule Violation?
C.P. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am looking for a citation that says if the Board hasn’t enforced a rule within a reasonable time after a rule violation has occurred; it waives its right to enforce the violation against that unit owner. Thank you! Mister Condo replies:... Read More



October 14, 2014

Increasing the Number of Condo Board Members
R.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We now have 3 board members. We want to increase it when the developer is finished. Can the board increase its size to 5 members from 3, or does it need a vote from the homeowners? Mister Condo replies: R.M., once the developer is gone and... Read More



October 11, 2014

Hoarding Condo Unit Owner Leaves; Rubbish Remains!
C.V. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The next door neighbor ended up having to leave her condo and go into assisted living 2 years gone now. A month ago, a horrible order was coming through my walls in upstairs rooms. The manger was finally able to get into the neighbor’s condo... Read More



October 10, 2014

Condo Parking; Why Front End In?
J.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our current parking rules include a stipulation that you must park your car front-end in. Do you know what the reasoning behind this might be? The rules were drafted in the 60s & 70s, and no one seems to remember why this one made it in.... Read More



October 9, 2014

No Bad Dog, Just a Bad Dog Owner at this Condo
G.P. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, One dog owner in our condominium development allows her dog outside off leash several times a day. The owner carries the leash in her hand, but it is not always attached to the dog. In addition, she throws a ball across the street, sending the... Read More



October 8, 2014

Bullying Committee Member Has to Go
P.B. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What remedies are available in Connecticut to remove an abusive and disruptive Condo Committee member? All I have seen are rules regarding the Board. The Committee Members are all volunteers and some would rather resign than confront the bully... Read More



October 7, 2014

Seeking to Remove Condo Board President
I.A. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are having issues with the Board President at our condo. Several unit owners, including myself, suspect serious wrongdoing and misappropriation of funds. Is Connecticut Condo Law Sec47-261d the section of the law that applies to this... Read More



October 4, 2014

Newsletters for Associations and the Businesses that Service Them
Working within the condominium and HOA marketplace since 2004 has allowed MyEZCondo an opportunity to work with numerous businesses that sell goods and services to this highly specialized market niche. Reaching decision-makers in this sector requires targeted and intelligent marketing efforts.... Read More



October 4, 2014

Insurance for Condo Water Tank Failure Questioned
J.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am a condo owner who had some water damage due to a hot water tank. What are my rights as it relates information regarding my insurance claim? I know that it’s covered under the master policy but do I have the right to see the... Read More



October 3, 2014

Are Condo Complaints Public Record?
L.W. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are complaints leading to rule violation hearings public records? I recently conducted a hearing. The person subject asked to see the complaint and who made it. We were unsure if it should be public and our Manager could not answer the question.... Read More



October 2, 2014

Condo Landslide Leads to Potential Nightmare
E.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Who pays for damages to decks caused by moving earth? Our condos were built in 2005 on a lovely sloping hillside. Since then, the ground under many of the decks has shifted causing them to pull away from the building. Currently, one of the decks... Read More



October 1, 2014

Percentage of Condo Unit Ownership Formula Questioned
R.T. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in condo units that are duplexes; 2 units per building. There are a few that are 3 units per building but 90% are 2 units per building. Units are basically identical. The main difference is that some have finished walk out basements. The... Read More



September 30, 2014

Motorcycles Double Parked at the Condo
J.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Recently vehicle owners have started parking motorcycles in their parking spots (high rise) either behind their cars or beside them. What do you think about this? Mister Condo replies: J.M., I think it may be a rule violation! As long as the... Read More



September 27, 2014

Removing Skylights During Condo Roofing Project
P.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is your opinion regarding an association board denying the request of a homeowner who wants to remove 2 skylights (at their cost) prior to receiving a new roof? Mister Condo replies: P.L., skylights are always a challenging part of the... Read More



September 26, 2014

How Many Votes Does the Condo Developer Get?
J.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our developer sends his one representative to our annual condo meetings. He owns one condo unit and several empty lots for future condos. How many votes does he get? Mister Condo replies: J.M., developer transition periods are some of the most... Read More



September 25, 2014

St. Louis Condo With Unwritten Governance?
M.C. from St. Louis writes: Dear Mister Condo, I really like your site, Mister Condo. I’m in St. Louis, but hope you may be able to provide some general advice. My wife and I just moved in to a four-unit condo building. There is an Association, but no board. This complex used to be a... Read More



September 24, 2014

Can Careless Condo Parking be Corrected?
N.P. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We are having several issues with a new owner in our complex. After being asked several times to park his cars straight into his designated spot, he and his wife continue to disregard our requests and continue to park crooked, or too close to... Read More



September 23, 2014

All Kinds of Roofing Problems at this Condo
P.E. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, A contractor was hired to install a roof shared by 2 Associations. Problem: Another contractor was authorized to perform the work with 100% of the votes in writing (mails). The Treasurer hired a different contractor and convinced all but one... Read More



September 20, 2014

What to Do When Condo Owners Don’t Follow Rules
D.S. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What can the Association do when condo owners don’t follow the rules? Mister Condo replies: D.S., associations rely on unit owners to follow the rules to maintain peaceable enjoyment for all unit owners and residents. In the ideal... Read More



September 19, 2014

Condo Fees and Fines
M.R. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am wondering what kinds of fees and fines other condo associations have. Apart from the monthly HOA dues, that is. Mister Condo replies: M.R., the term “common fee” refers to the monthly contribution made by all unit owners towards the... Read More



September 18, 2014

Repairs to the Condo Not Yet Made After Special Assessment Levied
J.D. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What are my rights as a unit owner after I pay a large special assessment fee? How long does the developer have to do the required repairs? What can I do if they never complete the repairs? Mister Condo replies: J.D., I don’t know of any... Read More



September 17, 2014

Condo Resale Packages and Pending Litigation
K.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do personal injury lawsuits pending need to be declared in resale packages now under the 2010 new CT Statutes? Our attorney has previously said that these suits are private information just for Board Executive Session and not for other owners to... Read More



September 16, 2014

Personal Information and the Condo Board
J.R. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the Board disclose your personal information? Mister Condo replies: J.R., the condo Board of Directors has a right to know a great deal about you and all owners, renters, mortgagors, employees, and anyone else with a vested interest in the... Read More



September 13, 2014

Fines for Children Playing in Condo Parking Lot
K.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can the condo association restrict the use and give a fine to condo owner for children playing in the condo parking lot? Mister Condo replies: K.M., as long as the association has the rule against playing in the parking lot, they can certainly... Read More



September 12, 2014

Questionable Deck Listed in Plat and Plan of Condo Conversion
S.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I bought my condo 10 years ago with an attached deck. The unit was new, since it was a conversion of a townhouse into a condo. In the description of the unit, and in the plat and plan, the deck is shown in my unit. It... Read More



September 11, 2014

Secondhand Smoke from Downstairs Condo Neighbor
J.G. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My son has cancer and can’t stand the smell of cigarettes, but the tenant below me smokes under my deck and the smoke comes in my unit. I have asked them to smoke away from the units they say no what should I do? Mister Condo replies:... Read More



September 10, 2014

Insurance Money Used By Board for Common Fee Delinquency
N.K. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The building insurance paid out a claim due to a water leak from pipes. The board kept part of the money assigned to my unit due to unpaid common charges, I cannot find in the by-laws where it says they can do this. Is this legal? What... Read More



September 9, 2014

Improper Condo Governance Charged
J.S. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our Association BOD has announced unilaterally and unanimously at a Community meeting that all of their discussions on Association issues and business are now being held informally. No face-to-face meetings to discuss matters which require a... Read More



September 6, 2014

Condo Guest and Tenant Policies Questioned
M.B. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo association has recently changed the guest and tenant policies. If you have a family staying at your condo while you are not there, they can ask for proof of family relationship, an affidavit as to absence of payment. If leasing, you... Read More



September 5, 2014

Condo Board Facing Developer Transition Mess
A.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have just been appointed to the Condo board. We are to the point now that the sponsors have relinquished their board seats and basically left a mess. We still have their management company and lawyer. What should we do as a first step in these... Read More



September 4, 2014

Dogs No Longer Allowed at the Condo!
M.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, When I moved into my condo, it allowed dogs. At the time I had a dog, so this was very important to me. The condo association has since changed it so that no dogs are allowed, except for those that were on the property at the... Read More



September 3, 2014

Condo Playground Battle Brewing
B.T. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are associations required by law to build playgrounds or provide play areas for children when we have By Laws/rules already in place that require a majority of owners to approve any new capital improvements and rules that restrict children from... Read More



September 2, 2014

Happy Labor Day!
All of us here at “Ask Mister Condo” wish all of our readers a very Happy Labor Day! We are enjoying time with our families and friends and hope that you are as well. We’ll be back to providing friendly answers to your condo questions tomorrow. But for today, a little rest and relaxation are... Read More



August 30, 2014

Association’s Right to Know Who Is Living in the Condo
R.W. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does the association have the right to know who lives with me? Mister Condo replies: R.W., that is a very interesting question. My instinct is to say “Yes” but the part of me concerned with citizen privacy says “No”. And then there is... Read More



August 29, 2014

Condo Reserve Fund Accounting Question
J.J. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Why does our balance sheet show all assets but only current liabilities? We have a Reserve Fund for replacing items of about $150,000. Current liabilities are shown at $4,000. However, the roofs are halfway through their useful lives, and will... Read More



August 28, 2014

Condo Lawn Service Not Performing to Owner’s Expectations
C.K. from Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m located in Florida. I ran across your site. I have a 1st floor unit which I installed a screen enclosure. The lawn service does not trim the grass well and it is difficult to open the door, to the point where the hinges get bent. They claim... Read More



August 27, 2014

Condo Maintenance Responsibility Letter
T.S. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have to write a letter to a condo resident asking him to stop going to the Maintenance Department and bothering them about fixing little items for him. Can you help me out on the letter? Mister Condo replies: T.S., sure thing, glad to help.... Read More



August 26, 2014

Whose Responsibility is Condo’s Sagging Floors and More?
A.C. from CAI-CT’s Facebook page writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a question about a condo in my complex. The ceilings, floors and doors are all sagging and are no longer square. It’s been like this for many years. Now, the unit owner wants it all fixed so it can be sold. Is the association... Read More



August 23, 2014

Not Renting the Condo by the Rules
F.K. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Owners are renting for less than the required time period. How can we enforce the condo rules? Mister Condo replies: F.K., well this one might seem kind of obvious but your by-laws and rules should spell out what happens when a unit owner... Read More



August 22, 2014

AirBnB? Not at this Condo!
D.W. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I recently heard about the website, AirBnB.com, which allows people to rent out their condo or apartment unit for short periods of time, usually a few days. I had not yet rented out my condo unit when I was notified by the condo board that I... Read More



August 21, 2014

No Money to Replace Shot Shingles at this Condo
R.P. from Cleveland, Ohio writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have been fighting with the association for 5 years to fix my roof. The shingles are shot. They say there is no money. What recourse can I take? Mister Condo replies: R.P., greetings to you in Ohio! Unfortunately, associations without the... Read More



August 20, 2014

Board Mandating Downstairs Unit Flooding Coverage for Upstairs Units
T.J. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can a board require owners and renters to have insurance against overflowing toilets and bathtubs leaking to the units below? Mister Condo replies: T.J., seems I am getting a lot of questions about upstairs neighbors flooding downstairs units... Read More



August 19, 2014

Homeowners Insurance Won’t Cover Damage to Downstairs Condo
K.D. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, A second floor unit owner had a toilet overflow. This created extensive ceiling damage to the unit directly below. The upstairs unit’s personal insurance said they will not pay for the downstairs damage and that her Condo Association is... Read More



August 16, 2014

Up in the Air Over Condo Skylight Repair
R.R. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, Mr. Condo! My condo by-laws make clear that I am responsible for window repairs and replacement (“Exclusive Limited Common Elements”). However, I have a worn-out skylight (condensation between the double panes and leakage... Read More



August 15, 2014

Condo Fire Pit Rules and Restrictions
G.C. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do most associations in Connecticut have rules against fire pits? Or rules about whether they can be on decks or on ground level? Is there any reason why an association could not have a rule prohibiting fire pits? Mister Condo replies: G.C., many... Read More



August 14, 2014

15 Years in the Wrong Condo Parking Space?
S.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What should I do if I am forced to move my car because of a misprint on the Association’s file regarding my assigned parking space? I’ve been parking in the same assigned spot for about fifteen years. Recently, I was told that I have to... Read More



August 13, 2014

Condo Self Management Laws
D.K. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the law about self management for a condo association in Connecticut? Mister Condo replies: D.K., as far as I know, there aren’t any laws about self-management for condo associations in Connecticut. In fact, many successful... Read More



August 12, 2014

Is A Lawyer Needed for Condo Rule Changes?
D.U. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a small association that is thinking of making rule changes. Do we need to retain a lawyer to draft them or can we do them ourselves? Mister Condo replies: D.U., the short answer is that it depends on exactly what kinds of changes you... Read More



August 9, 2014

Minimum Payment to Association Reserve Fund Law?
R.B. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Is there a state of Connecticut law which requires a minimum payment to the Association Reserve account? Mister Condo replies: R.B., at this time, there is no state law mandating that common interest communities like condominiums,... Read More



August 8, 2014

Michigan Condo Board President Overstepping Authority
R.M. from Michigan writes: Dear Mister Condo, Forgive me, but I actually live in Michigan, but am desperate for an answer to my problem. I have a neighbor – actually the president of my condo association, who claims that my boyfriend, who stays with me on occasion, has been speeding through... Read More



August 7, 2014

Signatory Issues at this Condo
E.M. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I took control of my 4 unit condo after many years of inactivity. I filed the required state application. Habitat for Humanity has to sign off as a Signatory. All but one of the units are mortgage-free. Habitat states they cannot intervene in... Read More



August 6, 2014

Like Father, Like Daughter at this Condo
D.S. and his daughter from New Haven County write: Dear Mister Condo, Hello. Is the board required to know your medical condition? I need my 53 year-old daughter to live with me in my 55+ over community. I have a doctor’s letter stating that I need my daughter to live with me for medical... Read More



August 5, 2014

Condominium Law on Master Associations?
A.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a condo development that has 8 different associations. One of those associations is considered the “master board” in that they handle the trash contract and the “common areas.” The members of the board are... Read More



August 2, 2014

Condo Owner Soaked and Stressed and Soaked Some More
M.A. from New London County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have had a recurring leak appearing in my ceiling for over 6 years. 3 times it has shown up as ceiling stains. I have had the area investigated, had some repair work done and ceiling repainted by the maintenance people sent by my property... Read More



August 1, 2014

Noisy Neighbor Creates Condo Feud
K.N. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi! I feel so lucky to have found your site. I am writing to you actually regarding my best friend. She has a neighbor upstairs. Most units are 2 stories in her complex. She has the downstairs of a split unit. I have sent her your website... Read More



July 31, 2014

Can Dog-Free Condo Deny Residency to Guide Dog Trainer?
E.D. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can condo associations deny a Fidelco dog trainer the purchase of a condo if there is an existing rule prohibiting dogs? Mister Condo replies: E.D., that is a loaded question with lots of possible outcomes. Let me break it down as best as I can... Read More



July 30, 2014

Pumped Up Over Condo Sump Pump
N.P. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 6 building condo. There are 3 units on second floor and 3 units on the first floor. I am the middle unit on the first floor and I have a sump pump which services the upstairs neighbor’s pipes which go into the sump... Read More



July 29, 2014

Upkeep of Family Cemetery on Association Grounds
J.L. from Tolland County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I’m presently working with an association that was developed on an old family farm. On the farm lies the family cemetery with a historical marker on it. Presently our landscaper takes care of the family cemetery out of the kindness of his heart.... Read More



July 26, 2014

Voting Rights Blocked By Condo Property Manager
M.M. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, The property management company is not submitting my monthly condo fees in a timely manner.  They are holding onto it until a month goes by. Fees have been sent 1 week prior to first of the month. When the owners are involved in a vote, the... Read More



July 25, 2014

Condo Special Assessment Misappropriated
J.M. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We were charged for a special assessment that was for 5 years. At the end of the 5 years, the association kept the additional money and applied it to our so called short fall that we were never notified about. Can they apply money from a special... Read More



July 24, 2014

Communication Issues May Lead to Condo Foreclosure
B.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I was sent to 2 foreclosures for inaccuracies by the Property Management Company yet I have never owed one dollar for common expenses. The property manager and Board took my parking space. In more than 20 years living in my condo, my unit door... Read More



July 23, 2014

How Many Lawsuits Against HOAs and Condominium Associations?
K.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What is the number of lawsuits filed against HOAs and condominium associations? Mister Condo replies: K.B., I am not sure that there is a place to get that exact information, whether it is for our state or for the entire country. That is because... Read More



July 22, 2014

Condo Unit Mortgages and the Board’s Right to Know
M.M. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do owners that carry a mortgage have to give that information to the board? Several people are objecting to releasing private information. Mister Condo replies: M.M., most condominium associations that I know of do have provisions that allow or... Read More



July 19, 2014

Condo Nosey Neighbor Strikes Again!
J.W. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hi, Mr. Condo! I am staying with a friend temporarily at her condo and recently she was told we weren’t allowed to park in the driveway? She owns the condo. LOL. The driveway is 2 cars wide and goes to her garage. Can her local HOA... Read More



July 18, 2014

Tandem Parking Allowed at Condo!
C.P. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a 24-unit building and each unit was sold with one assigned garage parking. The issue is some owners have room if they park outside the designated yellow lines to tandem park 2 cars. It has become an issue and the folks never paid extra... Read More



July 17, 2014

Rebuilding the Condo After a Fire
J.R. from Brockton, Massachusetts writes: Dear Mister Condo, How long can the Board take to rebuild an entire condominium building after a fire? Mister Condo replies: J.R., I am sorry for the loss of your condo building due to fire. Rebuilding after a fire is a potential nightmare for both unit... Read More



July 16, 2014

Automated Condo Entry Door isn’t Automatic
J.W. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I have a degenerative nerve disease that is called Chargot Matie Tooth disease. It effects my walking and my hands are losing strength. Consequently, I am having difficulty opening the entrance way door to the condo main floor. Recently, the... Read More



July 15, 2014

Problems with the Board, Problems with the Condo
K.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am having problems with my condo board. The place seems to be falling apart with little attention to serious problems like buckled sidewalks, growing potholes, mold on buildings and more. Now, I get a notice that the common fees are going up.... Read More



July 12, 2014

Shortage of Condominium Handicapped Parking Spaces
K.V. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, There is a shortage of handicapped parking at my condo. Can I make the Board add more spaces so I do not have to park so far away from my unit? Mister Condo replies: K.V., I am sorry that you have to park further away from your... Read More



July 11, 2014

Insurance for Condo Renters
P.M. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, If I am renting my condo, what type of insurance do I need since the master policy seems to cover most things? Mister Condo replies: P.M., that’s a great question! Insurance needs vary by individuals but, for the most part, renters here in... Read More



July 10, 2014

Condo Noise Rules?
M.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Are there examples of condominium noise by laws? Mister Condo replies: M.L., this column gets no shortage of questions dealing with noise issues in condominiums. See all of the noise related questions we’ve already answered here –... Read More



July 9, 2014

Condo Concerns in Aging Community
C.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, 2 years ago the property manager quit unexpectedly. The board said we were broke, $63,000 in debt and proceeded to increase our condo fee by $100. Six months prior it was increased by $50. Our community is 20 years old and nothing gets replaced,... Read More



July 8, 2014

Elected to the Board… Now, What?
By Bob Gourley You’ve been an active community member for a few years. You served on a Committee or two and shown you have the right stuff to be a community leader. A neighbor who already serves on the Board suggested that you should run for a vacant seat. You finally decided to raise your... Read More



July 8, 2014

Grandfathered at Grandmother’s Condo?
R.P. from New York writes: Dear Mister Condo, Hello! I am living in a condo that was owned by my grandmother before she passed away. The condo is now owned by a trust run by my father who has allowed me to stay living in the condo. One of the board members who lives in... Read More



July 7, 2014

Governing Those Who Don’t Care
By Bob Gourley In May of 1966, comedian Jack Parr said on his television show, “I don’t vote for politicians. It only encourages them.” By 1976, the sentiment was so popular it was regularly seen on bumper stickers all across America. While undoubtedly humorous, that same sentiment can... Read More



July 7, 2014

Landscaping: Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!
By Bob Gourley If there is any one common element that gets residents talking and thinking about their condominium or HOA, it is landscaping. The state of appearance in any community association is a direct reflection of its residents and the people responsible for maintaining the look and feel... Read More



July 5, 2014

Happy Independence Day!
All of us here at “Ask Mister Condo” wish all of our readers a very Happy Independence Day! We are enjoying time with our families and friends and hope that you are as well. We’ll be back to providing friendly answers to your condo questions tomorrow. But for today, a little rest and... Read More



July 4, 2014

Can I see the Condo Manager’s Contract?
M.M. from Litchfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Can I see the General Manager’s 5 year contract? Mister Condo replies: M.M., you most likely have the right to inspect the General Manager’s contract as it is a matter of association business and, as a member of the association, you have... Read More



July 3, 2014

Condominium Newsletters, Websites, Facebook, Twitter and More! Condominium Associations are Communicating Like Never Before!
By Bob Gourley Condominium newsletters have advanced rapidly in recent years. Gone are the days of typewritten and photocopied newsletters. Today’s condominium associations are publishing their condominium newsletters in vibrant colors, complete with stories and photos. No longer limited to... Read More



July 3, 2014

Explaining the “Benefits” of a New Roof
By Bob Gourley I am often asked about the difference between a fact and a benefit as it pertains to preparing a community association newsletter to tell the story of a community enhancement, such as a new roof. Community association members buy benefits but before they do, they want to know the... Read More



July 3, 2014

Unruly Unit Owner Disrupts Annual Condo Meeting!
G.C. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I just got back from the association’s Annual Meeting and I was mostly pleased with how the association is doing. However, one resident spoke almost non-stop for the entire meeting. Constantly interrupted the meeting with mumbled comments on... Read More



July 2, 2014

What’s the difference between “Delinquency” and “Delinquent, See”?
By Bob Gourley Over the past few years, I have been advocating that community associations add a new line item to their budgets – Delinquency. Did you heed my advice? Did you help protect your community from facing new financial consequences by preparing for the inevitable delinquencies and... Read More



July 2, 2014

Are There Sample Condo Rule Violation Letters?
D.L. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Do you have any templates for writing letters of warning to owners who violate rules? Mister Condo replies: D.L., that is a great question. I do not know of a specific repository of condo rule violation letters and I suspect each condominium... Read More



July 1, 2014

Tell Everyone How You Maintain, Protect, and Enhance!
By Bob Gourley Maintain – Protect – Enhance. This is the prime directive for Boards of Directors of Homeowner Associations across the country. By maintaining, protecting, and enhancing the assets of the association, the Board ensures that property values are maximized and owners’ interests... Read More



July 1, 2014

Using Your Condominium Newsletter to Tell the FHA Story
By Bob Gourley Why does FHA matter to your community? How will you tell the story? Have you ever tried telling a very technical story to someone who isn’t very tech savvy? You know from the glossy-eyed look of your listener that they just aren’t following you. Maybe you’re giving them too... Read More



July 1, 2014

Fined for Renting a Condo that Was Never Rented!
M.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My son advertised short rental of my condo without my knowledge. The condo was never rented. The Board of Directors found the advertisement and without first warning with no penalties according to the bylaws, they are charging me a $2500 penalty... Read More



June 30, 2014

The Cutting Truth about Beautification
By Bob Gourley Common interest communities spend a sizeable amount of money year after year on common elements that fall under the classification of Beautification. Everything from grass cutting to flower selection to addition or removal of trees needs to be planned for. Some communities have... Read More



June 29, 2014

Communications and Community Governance
By Bob Gourley “That government is best which governs least” – Thomas Paine Thomas Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and dubbed “Father of the American Revolution” by historians. He was born in 1737 and lived a remarkable life that spanned the American... Read More



June 29, 2014

The Emotional Cost of Foreclosure
By Bob Gourley Have you ever had to foreclose on a neighbor? The word “foreclosure” strikes a note of fear and panic in most people. Typically, foreclosure is only considered when all other possibilities have been considered and no other solution can be found. It is the final remedy an... Read More



June 28, 2014

Keeping It Legal – The Story of Your Community Association’s Attorney
By Bob Gourley Comedian Milton Berle is quoted as saying “Attorneys practice law because it gives them a grand and glorious feeling. You give them a grand and they feel glorious”. While attorneys may be on the receiving end of many jokes, the contribution they make to your community is no... Read More



June 28, 2014

Too Much Barking from Condo Neighbor’s Dogs!
D.H. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I like to keep the windows in my condo open in the summer to bring in the fresh air and keep down my air conditioning bill. Unfortunately, my next door neighbor has two yappy little dogs that react to the slightest of noises outside the unit.... Read More



June 27, 2014

Rotting Condo Decks are a Rotten Shame… And Liability!
D.D. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condominium is suffering from decks that are clearly rotting. I had the leg of a deck chair pop a piece of wood right out from under the chair last week. I’ve complained to the condo president (my neighbor) but he says we don’t have any... Read More



June 26, 2014

Producing an Effective Community Newsletter
By Bob Gourley I fielded a question recently about the effectiveness of community newsletters. It came from a property manager who claimed he spent many hours every month preparing a newsletter for his community that “no one ever reads”. After reviewing the newsletter, which was... Read More



June 26, 2014

Tell Me I’m Beautiful!
By Bob Gourley Just as flowers bloom and verdant greens return to the grass and trees, community associations stop worrying about winter’s challenges and get ready for an exciting season of Landscaping, Beautification, and Recreation. Before you plant that first flower, power wash that first... Read More



June 26, 2014

Poorly Maintained Condo Greens Has Unit Owner Seeing Red!
C.G. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo grounds are a mess. The landscaper only comes every other week and is here for less than an hour. 3 guys cut the grass, blow the clippings off the parking lot and then leave. Meanwhile, we have brown patches throughout the complex,... Read More



June 25, 2014

Failure to Communicate Can Lead to a Manager’s Failure
By Bob Gourley Since I work closely with management professionals, one of the more difficult questions I routinely face from community association leaders is how the community should go about the process of selecting a new community association manager. It causes me great concern when I first... Read More



June 25, 2014

Condominium Newsletters are Useful and Necessary Communication Tools
By Bob Gourley Condominium newsletters are useful and necessary communication tools for condominiums everywhere. Condominium unit owners require they be kept informed and aware. With a great condominium newsletter, a condominium association Board of Directors will spend more time governing and... Read More



June 25, 2014

Loud Music Played in the Wee Hours in the Condo Parking Lot!
J.S. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, 3:30 in the morning; loud music in front of the condo visitor parking. I warn the tenant for this but she escalates the situation and calls the police on me telling me that all the police are her friend. She also curses at me and tells... Read More



June 24, 2014

The Value of Education in Your Communications
By Bob Gourley For years, I have been writing about the importance of communication as it relates to community association living. I have stressed how important it is that you tell your story well and that you tell it often. Newsletters, letters, websites and any other tools used to communicate... Read More



June 24, 2014

Condo Residents Demand – Show Me The Money!
By Bob Gourley The image of Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Rod Tidwell screaming at Tom Cruise as the titular character in the 1996 movie “Jerry McGuire” is a powerful cinematic moment that launched the catchphrase, “Show Me The Money”! Thirteen years later, I barely remember the movie but the... Read More



June 24, 2014

Can the Board Tell Me What to Use Inside My Condo?
T.H. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Does the Board of Directors have the authority to mandate what type of materials a unit owner uses in their condo? Braided Washing Machine Hoses or Specific type of Building Materials, for example. Mister Condo replies: T.H., the short answer is... Read More



June 22, 2014

"A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever"
By Bob Gourley You may recognize the above quote from the English poet, John Keats. Condominiums weren’t around in the early 19th century, so it is fair to say that he wasn’t referring to your community’s newsletter or communication efforts. Nonetheless, I hope you will let his... Read More



June 21, 2014

Condominium Newsletters from MyEZCondo Keep Condominium Unit Owners Informed and Involved in Their Communities
By Bob Gourley Frequent and open communications are often indications that a condominium association is being run by leaders who strive to create a connection between the Board of Directors, the Property Management Company, and the condominium unit owners who reside in the condominium... Read More



June 21, 2014

Too Much Partying Next To the Condo
N.G. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a small shoreline condo that is surrounded by residential properties on three sides. The back of my unit is situated less than 100 feet from a 3 family home that is rented out to tenants that have very loud parties every weekend. I... Read More



June 20, 2014

FHA certification and your community!
By Bob Gourley Did your condominium make the list? Take a minute right now and find out! Enter the following web address into your computer’s web browser: https://entp.hud.gov/idapp/html/condlook.cfm The web page you see before you allows you to sort through the thousands of FHA-approved... Read More



June 20, 2014

Condo Owner Wants to Defend Neighbor
F.D. from Fairfield County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Mr. Condo, how can I write a positive letter about one of my neighbors to defend him about a false accusation made by another neighbor? Mister Condo replies: F.D., you are a good neighbor to defend your fellow resident and share what you know... Read More



June 19, 2014

FEMA Says Condo Is Now In a Flood Zone!
R.M. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We were not in a flood zone a few years ago but the maps were changed. About half the owners don’t want flood insurance and half do. Are we obligated to get flood insurance for all? Mister Condo replies: R.M., welcome to the post-Katrina... Read More



June 18, 2014

Indecent Behavior (and Exposure!) on Condo’s Common Grounds
B.C. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, Our condo complex is age restricted. Adult children over the age of 18 are permitted as long as the resident is 55 or older. One adult child has a record of being a nuisance. Numerous residents have written the board stating they are afraid... Read More



June 17, 2014

Should You Refinance Your HOA Loan?
By Bob Gourley Refinancing a community association loan or HOA loan may make sense if the prevailing interest rate is significantly less than the current interest rate of the community association loan or HOA loan. Community associations will still face …... Read More



June 17, 2014

Treadmill for Migraine Gives Downstairs Condo Neighbors Headaches!
M.A. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I am on the board of a condo with stacked units. We received a complaint about a treadmill in the unit above. The treadmill user states her Doctor prescribed exercise to alleviate Migraine headaches, which it has done. She does not use it during... Read More



June 16, 2014

When a Community Has No Newsletter…
By Bob Gourley A colleague recently asked for comments on a communication issue within an HOA. A non-Board Member volunteer offered to create an electronic newsletter for the community. Here are my comments. I have been publishing community newsletters since 2004, paper and electronic. May I... Read More



June 15, 2014

The Importance of Communication to a Self-Managed Condo or HOA
By Bob Gourley Communications within a condominium or homeowners association are vital to the community’s success. In most states, timely communication is a right to the association member that is granted in the governing documents and guaranteed by law. Along with the financial and management... Read More



June 14, 2014

Where’s the Money? Let’s Talk About It…
By Bob Gourley I found myself in quite a pickle recently. For the first time since my presidency of the Board of Directors at my condominium association I had to adjust my annual budget proposal to include a new item – “Delinquency”. What is “Delinquency” and why is it a part of the... Read More



June 14, 2014

Smaller Condo Unit Owner Paying an Unfair Share
N.D. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association needs to have a special assessment to replace the roof on a brick apartment type building. The special assessment they have come up with is the same for each home owner not taking into account the different sizes of the... Read More



June 13, 2014

Ask Mister Condo!
By Bob Gourley Have you ever wondered where unit owners and residents turn to get advice on things they can and cannot do in their condo or HOA? In a perfect world, they would open their carefully constructed package of documents and fully comprehend the rules and regulations of their common... Read More



June 13, 2014

Community Associations and Social Media
By Bob Gourley Does your condominium association or HOA use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or other social media? I’d like to hear your stories – successful and other. Post directly to the MyEZCondo blog or email me directly at bob@myezcondo.com. The post... Read More



June 13, 2014

Using Your Newsletter to Explain CIOA to Your Community Association
By Bob Gourley Using your condominium newsletter to discuss CIOA with members of your community association can be a vital component to a sound overall communication program. Interestingly, CIOA laws are designed for the protection of individual homeowners. Yet, unless an individual homeowner is... Read More



June 13, 2014

A Video Message from HOALendingSolutions
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June 13, 2014

How Does Your Timeshare Association Qualify For a Loan?
By Bob Gourley At HOALendingSolutions.com, we endeavor to make the timeshare loan process as simple as possible. Our greatest focus will be on determining if your timeshare complex is managed well. We also will be looking for stability and consistent …... Read More



June 13, 2014

Loans Are a Great Option for Home Owners Associations
By Bob Gourley How does your association qualify for a loan?  You will find that banks take a variety of approaches to financing as each has different policies and skills.  A bank’s greatest focus will be on determining if the …... Read More



June 13, 2014

Lending to Condominium Associations
By Bob Gourley Lending to a condominium association is not unlike lending to a municipality. No loan losses from condominium associations have been recorded by those banks with the most lending experience, most notably in Florida and California. There are …... Read More



June 13, 2014

New Funding Resource for Timeshare Renovations & Upgrades
By Bob Gourley The competition for consumer disposable dollars in today’s economy is tough. People of all economic levels are being dramatically affected by declining real estate values along with increasing food and energy costs. The vacation product you are …... Read More



June 13, 2014

HOA Loan Structures & Long Term Budget Shortfalls
By Bob Gourley HOALendingSolutions.com has made financing for community association capital maintenance needs easily accessible.  Financial institutions that are truly skilled in serving this unique industry are particularly flexible to the differing needs of each community. Not only does each... Read More



June 13, 2014

Borrowing Is an Option for Home Owners Associations
By Bob Gourley Arriving just in time for your aging common interest community is a fairly new option for condominium, cooperative, and timeshare boards – an option sure to smooth those riotous owners’ meetings. It is another arrow in your …... Read More



June 13, 2014

Does Your Business Specialize in Lending to Condominium Associations?
By Bob Gourley That’s a question we get a lot. Believe it or not, lending to Condominium Associations and other common interest communities is our ONLY business. In the United States alone, Condominium Associations and other commonly owned properties make …... Read More



June 13, 2014

Will Our Community Association or Timeshare Qualify for a Loan?
By Bob Gourley Many traditional banks are ill-equipped to even accept a loan application from a community association, timeshare, homeowner’s association, or any other commonly owned interest group. While there are a variety of reasons this is true, the reality …... Read More



June 13, 2014

Is Condominium Association Financing Right For You?
By Bob Gourley In recent years, many Condominium and Homeowner Associations have turned to financial institutions for loans to fulfill their duties to protect, enhance, and maintain their association’s common assets. The challenges faced by these associations is that many …... Read More



June 13, 2014

Wife is Condo Owner; Can Husband Serve on the Board?
J.L. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We have a Condo unit occupied by a husband and wife but the wife is the owner alone. Can the husband serve as a board member? Mister Condo replies: J.L., you’d be surprised how often this issue comes up at condos. It is not uncommon for... Read More



June 13, 2014

Insuring the Uninsured at this New Jersey Condominium
L.R. from Sussex County, NJ writes: Dear Mister Condo, There is one owner who refuses to acknowledge any monthly updates and won’t pay. It appears that his portion of the master insurance policy is coming up. We are in high risk as this guy doesn’t carry any insurance and an incident... Read More



June 13, 2014

Condo Board Member Requirements
J.L. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, What are the requirements for one to serve as a Board Member? Mister Condo replies: J.L., there are no federal requirements for who can serve on the Board of a condominium association. Here in Connecticut, there are no state requirements for who... Read More



June 13, 2014

Can the Board Tell Me What To Do Inside My Condo?
S.B. from Hartford County writes: Dear Mister Condo, If the association is self-managed, can the Board members tell me what to do inside my condo? For instance, change the washer hoses, clean the dryer vent every 2 years, etc.? Mister Condo replies: S.B., whether the association uses the services... Read More



June 13, 2014

Contractor Walks Away from Condo Job; Who Pays?
E.K. from South Florida writes: Dear Mister Condo, My condo association hired contractors to rebuild and replace balconies. They took a loan out of the bank and assessed the unit owners accordingly. The contractors walked away from the job three months ago and the windows for most units are closed.... Read More



June 13, 2014

Alone in the Condo but Accused of Making too Much Noise!
J.B. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, How can I defend myself against malicious accusations of being the cause of too much noise when in reality I live alone and only have visits? Mister Condo replies: J.B., nobody likes to be accused of something they aren’t doing. Unfortunately,... Read More



June 13, 2014

The Shortcomings of a Short Sale at the Condo
P.C. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I need to sell my condo fast. I have a medical condition that makes it almost impossible for me to navigate up and down the stairs of the townhouse I own. However, I am upside down in my mortgage and will need to “short sell”. I... Read More



June 13, 2014

One Dog, Two Dog, Barking Dog, No Dog!
D.C. from Westchester County, NY writes: Dear Mister Condo, I live in a pet-friendly condo in Westchester County, NY with a 1 dog pet policy rule. In October of 2013 I brought my two dogs in from overseas with intentions of situating one with my relative. There were a series of events that... Read More



June 13, 2014

Can a Declarant Levy A Special Assessment on New Unit Owners?
M.K. from Middlesex County writes: Dear Mister Condo, We live in a condominium development where the declarant is still in charge and there is not yet a managing HOA. The declarant has been remiss in his maintenance of our common properties with no painting despite exposed wood, inadequate... Read More



June 13, 2014

Oversized Handicapped Vehicle Not Allowed at the Condo
J.T. from New Haven County writes: Dear Mister Condo, I rent a condo that has roughly 700 units. I have a townhouse that has a small garage and a driveway. I am being told that I cannot have a guest park in my driveway because he owns a pickup truck. This is not a commercial... Read More



March 11, 2014

Manager Licensing and Your Community; A Story Worth Telling
By Bob Gourley I have had the honor of serving on the Legislative Action Committee for CAI-CT for a few years now. I have watched various bills come and go, insurance regulations debated, the implementation of... Read More



December 4, 2013

Advantages and Challenges of Internet Communications in Community Associations
By Bob Gourley Whether it takes the form of well written letters, memos, emails, or even an old-fashioned conversation, the ability to communicate effectively is often the difference between having an impact on... Read More



December 3, 2013

Rising Costs of Community Association Insurance (Irene’s Untold Story on the Northeast)
By Bob Gourley I hope that you were spared the wrath of Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irene. I hope that the rising rivers did you no harm. I hope that you weathered the inconvenience of loss of lights,... Read More



November 27, 2013

The Story of Democracy in Action in Your Community Association
By Bob Gourley It Begins with Discontent Citizens of Egypt have toppled their government. Protests throughout the Middle East threaten to bring a new form of government to many... Read More



November 26, 2013

Explaining the “Benefits” of a New Roof
By Bob Gourley I am often asked about the difference between a fact and a benefit as it pertains to preparing a community association newsletter to tell the story of a community enhancement, such as a new roof.... Read More



November 15, 2013

Capital Reserves and the Future of Your Community
By Bob Gourley I went to see a fortune teller recently. She took me into her reading room and asked me to gaze into her crystal ball. She then predicted my future. “I see wear and tear on your buildings. I... Read More



November 13, 2013

Using Better Communications to Attract Community Leaders
By Bob Gourley Excellent community governance is the difference between a good community and a great one. Poor community governance can lead to the downfall or outright... Read More



November 12, 2013

Informing Unit Owners About Painting Projects: A Colorful Story!
By Bob Gourley Five years ago, my HOA decided to take on the project of changing colors and painting all 20 units in the association. We are a modest community consisting of four buildings built back in the late... Read More



November 11, 2013

Construction and Communication for Community Associations
By Bob Gourley Is there any time more critical to keep residents informed than when a new construction or maintenance project is about to get under way? Contractors are on site, residents can be confused and... Read More



November 8, 2013

Where’s the Money? Let’s Talk About It…
By Bob Gourley I found myself in quite a pickle recently. For the first time since my presidency of the Board of Directors at my condominium association I had to adjust my annual budget proposal to include a new... Read More



November 7, 2013

Explaining How You Govern Your Condominium Association
By Bob Gourley In a speech to the House of Commons in 1947, Winston Churchill said: “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form... Read More



November 6, 2013

Community Communications in the Age of CIOA Revisions
By Bob Gourley I have had the opportunity to moderate numerous discussions between community association attorneys and concerned members of Boards of Directors from condominium associations about the impact of... Read More



November 5, 2013

Are Your Communications Secure?
By Bob Gourley Fences, security cameras, guards, and gates can go a long way towards bringing condominium owners peace of mind when it comes to their physical safety. But there is another type of security that... Read More



November 4, 2013

My Year of Living “Legislatively”
By Bob Gourley “The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they’ll sleep at night.” – widely attributed to Otto von Bismarck, German aristocrat and... Read More



November 1, 2013

Telling the Story of Community Association Insurance
By Bob Gourley Most condominium association residents are likely to have little or no understanding of the insurance that protects the association in which they reside. Let’s face it; there just... Read More



October 31, 2013

Landscaping: Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About!
By Bob Gourley If there is any one common element that gets residents talking and thinking about their condominium or HOA, it is landscaping. The state of appearance in any community association is a direct... Read More



October 30, 2013

Elected to the Board… Now, What?
By Bob Gourley You’ve been an active community member for a few years. You served on a Committee or two and shown you have the right stuff to be a community leader. A neighbor who already serves on the... Read More



October 29, 2013

Are Community Leaders Politicians?
By Bob Gourley According to Merriam-Webster, the word “politician” is defined as follows: 1: a person experienced in the art or science of government ; especially : one actively... Read More



October 28, 2013

Maintenance and Construction. Fact or Benefit?
By Bob Gourley Did your community get a new roof this year? Was your parking lot repaved? Was the pool filtration system overhauled? Were your decks replaced? Chances are pretty good that your community either... Read More



October 25, 2013

Commit to Unit Owner Education. Reward Yourself with a Better Community!
By Bob Gourley For years, I have been writing about the importance of communication as it relates to community association living. I have stressed how important it is that you tell your story... Read More



October 24, 2013

What’s the difference between “Delinquency” and “Delinquent, See”?
By Bob Gourley Over the past few years, I have been advocating that community associations add a new line item to their budgets – Delinquency. Did you heed my advice? Did you help protect your community... Read More



October 23, 2013

Are you listening to me?
By Bob Gourley How many times have you tried to get an important message across to your community members only to find yourself frustrated with the feeling that nobody is listening?   I... Read More