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2021 October Q&A: After the Floods

Q. I own a condo that I sublet to a renter. Recently, the apartment flooded twice: once when the renter, who is ill, had left the water on by mistake. The second time seems due to plumbing issues that I am responsible for, and which are b…

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2021 October Q&A: Board Overreach

Q. I am a fairly new resident in a 55-and-up community. My board—mainly the president, who has re-elected herself for the past 18+ years—has a history of abuse of power, intimidation of residents, overreach, and possibly financial impropr…

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2021 October Q&A: Removing the Board Prez

Q. We are a small condo association of 12 units. Our president is very unliked. She went after a unit owner with a vengeance over a $25 fine, got an attorney, and cost us owners over $6,000 in legal fees so far. How do we legally remove h…

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Fall 2021 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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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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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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