Category: Q&A

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2021 Winter/Expo Q&A: Security or Surveillance?

Q. I live in a condominium in Fort Lauderdale. Cameras have been installed in the complex for security purposes, but I feel like I am being watched all the time by the board president of the building. He knows at all times the ins and out…

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Q&A Q&A: Seasonal Residents on Board
2021 October Q&A: Seasonal Residents on Board

Q. We are a co-op resident–owned park, with a board consisting of seven members. Our problem is that six out of those seven board members are seasonal residents, which leaves just one board member on-site for part of the year. While the r…

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Q&A Q&A: Billing Mess
2021 October Q&A: Billing Mess

Q. In February 2017, I was double-billed first quarter. I paid in full first quarter by check using the coupon book provided; the check cleared my bank but they said I did not pay. They billed me for February, March, and April and fees we…

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Q&A Q&A: Nonowner Board Member
2021 October Q&A: Nonowner Board Member

Q. We have one board member who is not an owner of his unit; the deed is in his wife’s name as sole owner. Our declaration, Articles of Incorporation, and bylaws are very clear regarding directors: They must be owner-members as they show …

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Q&A Q&A: Rules for Disclosing to Rule-Breakers
2020 October Q&A: Rules for Disclosing to Rule-Breakers

Q. Are there any ramifications against a board member who has disclosed information to an owner (the rule breaker) that another owner has come to them regarding breaking of the rules which has now caused friction and even attempted confro…

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Q&A Q&A: For the Record
2020 October Q&A: For the Record

Q. Is an association required to maintain a recording of a meeting as an official record?                                                    —Wondering A. “Thank you for your question. The answer is that a recording of a meeting is an…

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Q&A Q&A: Well, Well, Well
2020 October Q&A: Well, Well, Well

Q. Our condo court needs a new well. If it is put near the old one on common property, it would cost us $20,000. The person who lives closest to where the well would be built has hired a lawyer and someone on the board assured this homeow…

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Q&A Q&A: Am I Liable for Liability Insurance?
2020 October Q&A: Am I Liable for Liability Insurance?

Q. I own a mobile home in a co-op park in Florida. I understand how a co-op works. I don't own the land the mobile home sits on. I am a 1/63 owner in all the lots and community property in the park. My mobile home is 100% paid for—i.e., t…

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Q&A Q&A: Closing Community Pools During COVID-19
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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Q&A Disease & Disclosure
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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