Category: Q&A

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2017 January Q&A: Is an HOA Accountable for Wheelchair Access?

Q. “I am a resident who is wheelchair-bound, living in a condo building built before 1991. I had a temporary plywood ramp made specifically for access to enter and exit the common entrance. The HOA has since informed me the ramp is unacce…

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2017 January Q&A: Who’s Watching the Cameras?

Q. “In my condo building, we recently installed more than 60 security cameras. Needless to say, I'm not a security expert but it seems like only a handful are recording at any one time. The camera outside the front of the building facing …

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2016 December Q&A: Getting an Owner to Maintain Proper Upkeep of His Unit

Q. Can a member of the association sue his board of directors if the board does not force a landlord to keep up the maintenance of his units?                                  —Irritated in Itasca A“The short answer to this question is ‘…

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2016 December Q&A: Owners’ Reluctance to Serve on the Board

Q. I live in a 96-unit condominium 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 should be thi…

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2016 December Q&A: Voting by Proxy

Q. At a regular monthly meeting of a seven-member HOA board where members present constitute a quorum, can one of the absent members give her proxy to one of the four attending members to vote on specific issues on the board’s agenda?   …

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2016 November Q&A: What Are My Rights in Leasing My Unit?

Q. Can a condominium association change the unit owner’s right to lease his or her unit?                           —Last but Not Leased A. “A unit owner enjoys an inherent right to lease his or her unit—subject to recorded covenants t…

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2016 November Q&A: Smoking Neighbor

Q. I am a condo unit owner with 54 units in our building. My unit is on the 2nd floor facing south. My neighbor’s 2nd floor unit faces west. We are cornered from each other. She is a smoker and sits on her balcony quite often. I enjoy hav…

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2016 October Q&A: Is an HOA Accountable for Wheelchair Access?

Q. I am a resident who is wheelchair-bound at a condo building built before 1991. I had a temporary plywood ramp made specifically for access to enter and exit the common entrance. The HOA has since informed me the ramp is unacceptable du…

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2016 September Q&A: We’re in the Money

Q.  Some time ago, my condo building undertook a major renovation project, and residents were assessed a significant amount, about $20,000. After two years, the project was completed and came in under budget. The board is now grappling wit…

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2016 September Q&A: Collecting the Ballots

Q. For the annual meeting, there are 7 people running for 5 positions. The management company sent a proxy to all owners and requested that it either be mailed to them or dropped in the mailbox in the building lobby. This mailbox is acces…

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