Q & A

Q & A

Do Board Members' Oral Promises Trump Declaration?

April 26, 2012    

Q I live in a small condo co-op. When I've seen board members in the building, we've discussed that portions of the balcony outside my unit need to be either repaired or replaced. They've agreed that the association should be responsible...

Finding Out About Employees' Preexisting Injuries

March 13, 2012    

Q Is there any benefit to knowing about new on-site employees' preexisting injuries? How can I get this information?

Preventing Fair Housing Violations When Setting and Enforcing Community Rules

March 13, 2012    

Q What common fair housing problems arise from community rules?

A In general, community rules trigger fair housing problems in one of two ways—either the rules are enforced unfairly or the rules...

Revoking Parking Privileges Without Violating Fair Housing Law

January 17, 2012    

Q Must an association grant a parking request as a reasonable accommodation when the member hasn't paid his condo fees?

A No, according to a New Jersey court, which ruled in a recent case that the...

Determining Whether a Requested Accommodation Is Necessary

May 19, 2011    

Q A disabled member asked the board to allow his car to be permanently parked in a guest parking space as a reasonable accommodation, after the board asked him to remove the car. The car has not been moved in two years. It has an expired inspection...

Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program

December 1, 2009    

Q  I am a member of a community association, and I would like to organize a neighborhood watch program to help prevent crime in the community. My husband is the president of the board of directors. I am worried about liability issues the...

Maintaining Community's Age-Restricted Designation

December 1, 2009    

Q  I manage a 55-and-older-designated adult community. There has been recent concern that we may not meet the Fair Housing Act limits to maintain our age-restricted designation. Can our association pass a rule that no one under 55 years of age may...

Using “Project Approved” Signs to Encourage Compliance with Architectural Review Committee Guidelines

September 27, 2009    

Q  Over the years, we have had issues with association members who have made modifications to their homes without obtaining the necessary approval from the association. Also, as a result, suspicious members regularly make calls to the management...

Board Members Serving as Committee Chairs

July 26, 2009    

Q Is it true that the vice president of the executive board often chairs the architectural review committee? Could you provide any pros and cons of having a board member serve as a committee chair?

Curfews for Children

July 26, 2009    

Q There have been problems with children spray painting and otherwise vandalizing buildings at night in the community that I manage. To stop the graffiti and vandalism, I'd like to propose a curfew and prohibit children under the age of 16 from...

Assessing Liability for Water Damage Caused by Leaky Roof

March 25, 2009    

Q Due to a leaking roof, rainwater entered the building and caused damage to a condo member's unit. As is typical, the master deed of our condo association requires the association to maintain the roof and other common elements, and requires condo...

FDIC Limits and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

November 30, 2008    

Q I am the treasurer of a condominium association. I am concerned about how the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act may affect the safety of our association's accounts with banks. Our association collects monthly maintenance payments from members...