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Q&A: Closing Community Pools During COVID-19

Q: Should community associations refrain from opening pools or close pools that are open in warmer parts of the country? It is important for a community association to make a distinction between an essential facility and a nonessential fac…

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March 26, 2020 Disease & Disclosure

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

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2020 Winter Q&A: Self-Appointed Board

Q. My HOA board has not had an election in 10 years. They keep reappointing themselves and appointing their friends to the board when there is a vacancy. Is this legal? How can I stop this abuse of power by my HOA?                     —R…

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2019 March Q&A: Flooring Issue

Q. I've lived in an upper floor condo in a 14-year-old building for 10 years. The board is now making a rule that we can only have hard flooring in the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the laundry room, and must install carpet or rugs on other…

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2019 February Q&A: Bully on Board

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

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2019 January Q&A: When a Unit Owner Declares Bankruptcy

Q.   What can be done if a unit owner – who has not paid his or her assessments for a year and owes the association a substantial amount of money – has now declared bankruptcy?  How does the association recover its money?   —Concerned Abo…

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2018 November Q&A: Dealing With a Belligerent Homeowner

Q. My question is in regards to a verbally abusive homeowner that attends meetings to yell at and berate the board members. I, the board president, was singled out and yelled at during our last meeting and it’s really scary. Some of his i…

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Print Edition Q&A: Disclosing Private Health Information

Q. Say an owner spoke to the president and vice president of the board and disclosed his or her health condition. And later on, the president and vice president lost re-election to the board and found out that the owner did not vote for t…

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