Category: Q&A

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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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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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