Sean A. O’Connor
[Read more…] about We always allowed residents some leeway with decorating their doors, especially with wreaths. Our rules say nothing is allowable outside resident units. A problem tenant has gone too far with an elf hanging from a noose. He says if he must remove the elf, everyone has to remove their wreaths. Is that true? Also can we remove the elf ourselves and hold it in the office until after the holidays?
[Read more…] about I am on the board of a 52 unit building, one board member wants to make it a smoke free building including the owners private units. Could the master deed be changed to make it a smoke free building? If it is allowed how difficult would it be enforce , if the unit owner simply states that they are not smoking in there unit and it is coming from another unit , how could the board enforce such a policy without any evidence?
[Read more…] about I am the president of a condo association. Our building does not allow short term rentals. A fellow board member asked the board if we would allow them to do a three month summer rental, we advised them that they can not. The following day they listed the unit with a realtor for a three month summer rental. After pressure from the board they removed the listing. The same board member owns a contracting company, recently a unit they were working on violated condo policy and was staging debris in the hallway. The majority of the board decided to fine the unit owner. Is there a legal perspective that these actions would warrant removal from the board?
[Read more…] about As a board member, I sent my own attorney an agreement currently under review. I feel my own attorney is an extension of myself and therefore should be allowed to review the documents. A majority of my fellow board members say no and now say I will no longer be allowed to sit in or receive documents related to this issue. Of course my mistake was saying something, but can they do that?
[Read more…] about The previous board did not create a reserve for roof repairs and we know we have to apply a $5000 or so assessment. Unfortunately, the assessment will destroy the community politically. We are the first board in a long time doing the right thing. As a board we are debating whether or not we underfund the project, for the long-term health of the association. How does fiduciary duty stand up against taking action the board knows will drive the community apart?