Category: Q&A

Q&A
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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2017 October Q&A: Owners' Lack of Interest in Serving on the Board

Q. I live in a 96-unit community association building and have served on the board of our association for 16 years. There are nine of us on the board, seven of whom including myself are at the age where some owners younger than we are sho…

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2017 October Q&A: When a Sex Offender Moves In

Q. I was recently made aware that a sex offender has moved into my building. He moved into his girlfriend’s apartment. I made the board aware of this, and even gave them a printout from criminal justice. We have a lot of children living i…

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2017 August Q&A: What to Do About a Noisy Service Animal?

Q. I live in a 40-unit condo building, which has a “no pet” amendment from 1980. A woman recently purchased a unit and has been seen with a dog, and the dog barks all the time. She signed all the disclosure forms stating “no pets, no rent…

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2017 August Q&A: Landscaping Issue

Q. I am a condo unit owner with HOA property near my unit that was overlooked for many years with no landscaping.  I have in the past six years slowly landscaped the area.  No one from the board has said anything to me, and it is landscap…

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