Can an owner opt out of paying condo fees for a part of the service supplied by the board?
In a few words, generally no.
You can read your governing documents to determine what you own in common with all other owners, including common area, common elements and limited common areas/ elements.
As an owner you are obligated by your governing documents to pay for the preservation, protection, and maintenance -- including improvements -- of all real estate elements that you own in common with all other owners -- by way of your assessments.
If you do not understand how you are responsible to pay a full assessment for the services supplied to your community and its assets, by way of your board of directors, you can discuss it with your board or with your association manager.
Board service is not dependent upon marital status. Board service may be dependent upon ownership -- name on the deed, for example. Your governing documents are specific about the requirements for board service. Read More
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There is no standard. Read your governing documents to determine residency requirements to qualify for board service. Read More
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Read your governing documents to determine the residency requirements for board service eligibility. It is possible that the majority of the board must be resident owners, all members must be resident owners or there may be no residency requirement. There is no standard. Read More
Probably, yes. If you require the companionship or service of a service animal, you may be able to petition the board for an exception to the By-law. However, the decision of the board is final. Read More
Someone wanting to get a condo rental in the United Kingdom without paying any commission can do so by searching for companies that offer such a deal. Some condo rental individuals don't require a commission. Read More
If I missed paying a special condo assessment with only one notice given do I have to pay lawyer collection fees?
When you miss paying a condominium special assessment, the board -- in this case quite quickly -- can choose to take legal action against you collect the funds. If the board has incurred these legal fees on your behalf, then you are responsible for paying them. Read your governing documents and in this case, the minutes of the meeting where the board voted on the special assessment and detailed its payment parameters to be met… Read More
Read your governing documents to determine who owns the fuse panel, the unit owner or the association. As well, your board can help you determine who is responsible to fix/replace the panel and who is responsible for paying for it. Read More
Can condo bylaws prevent a service dog from living unit with owner. The condo assoc is stating that the service dog exceeds weight limit of by laws. The service dog is owned by a person not disabled?
Your resolution lies with the board. Service dogs may be covered in the By-laws or in the declaration. Certainly, the 'house rules' govern service dogs. If there is no document that covers service dogs, and the animal's behaviour is not a threat to the community, and the board wants to accommodate the dog, it may remain. A resolution detailing the conditions for the animal's residence with a board vote is in order. Weight limits for… Read More
There are two episodes of Frasier where Frasier is involved with the condo committee, however I don't think he ever actually managed to get on the condo committee itself. The first is in Season 4, episode 11: Three Days Of The Condo. In that episode Frasier runs against the president of the condo board after she refuses his request to have an antique door knocker. The other is in Season 10, episode 3: Proxy Prexy… Read More
Work with your board to verify that you are allowed to rent your unit, then if you are, advertise it for rent. Read More
The board or the association manager can answer your question. Read More
Do you have to subscribe to the new cable that is coming into your condo building your board has approved it and 100 percent coverage is quoted?
No one can force you to subscribe to any service that you do not want. However, as an owner, you may be required to pay for the service if the service requirement for the community is priced so as to expect 100 percent subscription. and the service is paid through your assessments. Query your board to discover the details of the arrangement they made with the cable company, so that you understand their constraints and… Read More
If the condo is in your name only and your partner has not been paying the rent (or you may own it) you can simply ask them to leave. If they refuse you can call the police and have them removed. Read More
If a leak from my condo damaged the condo below mine and neither of us have insurance who would be responsible for paying for the damages?
If it was determined that the condominium did not bear any blame, then you are the one who would be responsible. Read More
There is no standard. There are best practices, which may preclude your use if you are not paying, but associations' boards have the responsibility to collect from owners and to monitor use. Read More
'Dish' and 'cable' are distinctly separate services. When you decide which you want, contact your board or the association manager and ask how the service you want can be installed in your unit. If you install one or the other without notification or required permissions, you may be asked to remove the service. Read More
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Your association manager or board may be able to answer your question. Read More
What is the concept that for instance you are on a board for your condo but you also get referrals for your business through your association with the board?
The concept is called 'conflict of interest', especially if your position on the board benefits you financially through your business. Read More
Read your governing documents to determine which actions your association can take in order to collect assessments that you owe and do not pay. As well, it's reasonable, for example, that if you don't pay your monthly assessments, and the association pays your electric bill from assessments that are collected, that they can deny electric service to you, since you aren't paying for it. Read More
Read your governing documents to determine whether or not this is a criteria for your association. Often, this is most desirable, but may not be a requirement of the community's official guidelines. Read More
Service animals and therapy animals are different from house pets, and must be considered by the association is special ways. The Americans with Disabilities Act considers therapy animals differently from service animals. Your association may have written guidelines about service animals and therapy animals in order to govern them. Their job is to make living in the community comfortable for residents. Take your case to the board and explain the need for the second animal… Read More
You can make this request of any board member or ask the property manager. Read More
Ask your board of directors for a copy of the lease form they prefer that you use. Read More
Fiile a noise complaint with the Condo association and if that doesn't work, the local police department. Added: Loud noises from whom or what? The Condo Association MAY have control over some annoyances but for others you may need the police (as advised above). Speak to your Condo Board of DIrectors to see if they can assist you. Read More
Condominium boards are not in the business -- do not have the power to exclude guests. You may want to chat again with your boyfriend. However, you have not explained what exactly was denied and why. The board may have the authority to exclude you depending on the details. Please add details on the discussion page. Read More
As an owner, you received copies of your governing documents when you purchased your unit. Since purchase, your board has supplied you with any updates to your governing documents, including updates to the rules. (This is a board obligation.) If you are a tenant, you should receive a copy/ request a copy of the rules that apply to you from your landlord/ unit owner. Your board or your management company can provide copies of any… Read More
Read your governing documents to determine the length of term for each officer or director on your condominium board. This is the place to find this answer, regardless of where the condominium board operates. Read More
You can request a copy of the filed form from your board. Read More
Take your issue to the board, the association manager or whomever passes out mailbox keys. Otherwise, you may need a copy of your deed with the delivery address to show proof to USPS that you are entitled to a key. Read More
If a leaking shower in an upstairs condo apartment causes damage and leakage in the ceiling in the apartment below who is responsible for repairs?
You should check on the laws in your area. In some regions, neither is responsible and your respective insurance companies pay for your own repairs. In others, the condo owner's insurance company above is repsonsible for paying. There may be a way to claim from the condo owner themselves. Read More
Your condo association insurance policy has expired and the board members have not informed the tenants what do you do?
If you are a tenant, you can inform the unit owner, including evidence, that the master policy on the commonly owned real estate assets has expired. The owner, then, would send an official notice to the board indicating that they were in violation of the rules written in the governing documents regarding insurance. The owner can quote the 'shall' paragraph that requires the board to carry a master policy and keep it current by paying… Read More
Typically, yes, if it is a bona fide lien due to not paying your assessments or for a fine as a result of non-compliance with house rules. Note that laws vary from state to state, so it is a good idea to talk with an association-savvy attorney in your area for more info on your state's laws. Try to work out a payment plan with the condo association if you are in financial trouble. Your… Read More
Usually vendors are contracted with condominium communities by the board of directors or by the property management company. Owners can document complaints and take them to the board, but it's up to the board to disconnect from a vendor under contract to the association. Read More
Regardless of the state where the property is located, the governing documents spell out the term of each board member. After a term expires, it's necessary to be re-elected, in order to continue to serve on a board. Read More
If you cancel Embarq phone service will I still receive Embarq Internet service if the condo is wired for internet service?
Please contact your local Embarq service and ask the same question. You can explain that the condominium where you live is wired for Internet service. Embarq will charge you for whatever service you use. Read More
Read your governing documents to determine the service period for all directors of your association. Read More
The lowest listing price for a condo in Columbus is $4,900. The average cost is $153,000, which is closer to what you will likely end up paying when buying one. Read More
This may be a local building code matter, that may have changed since the building was built. Your question may have to do with noise or other issue, which you can discuss with your board to learn more about your options. Read More
It depends on who publishes the newsletter and in whose name. If non-board-member owners publish a newsletter and follow the delivery guidelines outlined by the board or by governing documents, and claim authorship of the newsletter, then no board approval is be required. If, however, non-board-member owners publish a newsletter in the name of the board, then yes, the board should approve this newsletter. Read More
What does it mean when you call someone's parents losers but continue to live in their condominium property that they paid for with their OWN money?
Your question sounds sort of messed up. If you mean it was there condo, and they are the sole people paying, Then your being a jerk. Even if you paid for some, it is THEIR condo that you are allowed to live in. What you said is just rude to them. Read More
There is no standard. The bill depends on use, and on the appliances in service within the unit, which may or may not be powered by gas. Read More
There is no standard. Read your governing documents to discover this fact. If the pool hours concern you, bring up the issue in the next board meeting and express your concerns, then ask the board to vote on addressing your issue. Read More
Peremptory means something definite and absolute, final and not entitled to delay or reconsideration. By a vote of the majority of the officers of the condo board, IF THEIR DOCUMENTS ALLOW IT, they may remove one of the board members from the office they hold (i.e.: Pres/V-Pres/Secty/Treas). However, they do not have the authority to expel a member from the board itself. That action must be initiated by the general membership who elected the member… Read More
It depends upon why the condominium board is in special and frequent communication with you. Read your governing documents to remind yourself of your legal obligations, responsibilities and rights as a condominium owner. If you believe you're being harassed, you can file a police report and pursue a no-contact order in a court of law. If, however, your condominium board is communicating with you for violating rules that are spelled out in your governing documents… Read More
Not if the condo was built to code. Read More
When inquiring about a condo loan a person needs to know what they want to spend, what features they desire in the condo and where they want the condo to be located. Read More