February 4, 2013

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Not all information needs to be shared

Sebastian F. I live in a townhome in a community burdened with repairs that have lead to several special assessments.  Although we have a lot going on in our community, neither our management company nor our board of directors share important community information with the homeowners.  It seems that the community newsletter or the association […]

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December 8, 2012

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HOAs must maintain common areas

J. Russo: I received a violation letter from my HOA for installing holiday decorations at my townhome. Now they are telling me if I don’t take down the decorations they are going to fine me and have them removed. Can an HOA keep homeowners from installing holiday decorations and do they have the right to […]

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November 24, 2012

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Rules should be uniformly enforced

I received a violation letter and a $50 fine from my association for parking my jet ski trailer in my driveway. The violation letter states that the trailer is not an “approved vehicle” and could not be “stored” in my driveway. This violation and fine is the first I am hearing of this rule. I […]

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October 27, 2012

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How to select a competent vendor

Kevin H. I recently joined the board of directors for my condominium association after we were billed a large special assessment resulting from crooked and/or incompetent vendors. Now, it seems that another special assessment may be necessary to repair the damage to the buildings caused by these vendors. What can our HOA do next time […]

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October 13, 2012

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Vendor fee is not standard practice

Cindy M. I am a board member at my association and I received a call from one of our vendors that we have had for nearly 10 years informing me that the management company started charging an annual fee to verify their insurance and license so that they may become a “preferred vendor.” They were […]

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