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Connecticut Supreme Court Clarifies Condition Precedent for HOA Foreclosure Actions

On April 26, 2016 the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision in The Neighborhood Association, Inc. v. Jill M Limberger, et al, 321 Conn. 29, which held that pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. §47-258(m)(1)(C), prior to any foreclosure action of

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Condo Board Did Not Provide 10 Days’ Warning of No Smoking Rule (CT)

Tavella v. Rolling Ridge Condominium Assoc.   Connecticut General Statutes §47-261b(a) requires that a condominium board provide 10 days’ advance warning to unit owners of an intent to adopt a rule. Plaintiffs own unit 281 in defendant condominium association in Norwalk

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What To Do When Boards and Property Managers Abuse A Law Allowing Decisions By Consent Without A Meeting (CT)

It is CCOC’s hope that this article will answer questions you may have regarding the ability of a board of directors to vote without conducting a board meeting .    Read the article………….

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Condo Owners Share Pain of Crumbling Foundations (CT)

Dealing with a crumbling foundation is emotionally and financially draining on homeowners, but those living in condominium complexes say the challenges are multiplied.  Condominium and planned unit development owners from several complexes in eastern Connecticut first reached out to the

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Moving Management Companies Can Result In Lost Files: How To Prevent

The new management company cannot seem to find all our files – what can we do?”  A recent complaint received by CCOC is but one of many echoing the same cry for help.  This is a major problem for Associations,

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How To Get The Association To Pay And Repair Ice Damming (CT)

My farmer uncle, when stubborn people frustrated him, would say “Sometimes you have to hit a mule with a 2 x 4 to get his attention.” Unfortunately, the expression applies to some condominium boards and management companies.   Read the article……….

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Fire in Orland Park (IL) condo leaves man injured, displaces families

A firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and a man suffered second-degree burns after a fire damaged eight condominium units early Saturday morning in Orland Park, officials said in a news release.      Read the Q&A…………….

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Legislative Round-Up: New England Legislatures Are Riding Herd Over Condo Bills

It’s an annual rite, as predictable as winter storm warnings and spring apple blossom festivals. Legislators in state houses throughout New England begin slogging through piles of bills filed by politicians and requested by constituents they represent.   Read the article………

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The Condo as a Legal Entity: A Primer on Condo Law

Despite a long history and presence in cities and towns around the globe, condominiums are, too often, misunderstood by prospective buyers—which can translate to a source of conflict after buyers become owners. Regardless of its location around the world, a

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Ask Atty Pat: How To Deal With Bedbug Issues In Condos

The tenant or unit owner may complain to the landlord or the condominium association. If the occupant complains to public health authorities, bedbug infestations are a violation of health codes so the Health Department will contact the Association and the

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Contractor Who Broke Ankle at Condo Walks Away With $112,000 (CT)

Angelo Lisi v. Beach Partners LLC: A general contractor who broke his ankle while walking around at a condominium complex won a $149,000 verdict following a bench trial. However, the contractor was judged to be 25 percent at fault, leaving

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Policies Association Must Have

Many of the standard rules that are included in the condominium documents are insufficient. Policies may not have the same force as rules and may not be adopted in the same manner. If the Association wants to fine for violation,

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Many Foreclosures By Associations May Be Done Illegally

Unit owners may feel powerless when the Condominium Association forecloses on units. Associations may be complacent about their foreclosures. Lenders may be paying Associations a higher priority than necessary. Why? Statutory condominium foreclosure requirements that became effective on October 1,

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CAI’s Guide to FHA Certification

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a major in role in housing finance through its Condominium Mortgage Insurance Program. FHA issued regulatory guidance to set standards condominium associations must meet for a

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The Manager Licensure Bill and How it Affects You (CT)

HOA laws are generated at the state level. Some states require licensing and others do not. Connecticut is one state that requires certification as well as licensure to prove you have what it takes to manage a successful HOA. Since

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The 2014 Legislative Agenda in New England

The old saying that the only sure things in life are death and taxes leaves out a third certainty: legislation. Across New England each year, thousands of bills get filed in state legislatures, many of them as mundane as the

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The Manager Licensure Bill and How it Affects You (CT)

HOA laws are generated at the state level. Some states require licensing and others do not. Connecticut is one state that requires certification as well as licensure to prove you have what it takes to manage a successful HOA. Since

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From Good to Great: Principles for Community Association Success

Every community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core  principles. Good associations  preserve the character of  their communities, protect  property values and meet  the established expectations of homeowners. Great  associations also

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Connecticut Now Requiring Condo Property Managers To Pass Competency Tests

Connecticut state laws, for the first time, requires Connecticut condo property managers to take educational courses and pass examinations to allow them to continue working as a property manager.   Read more…..

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Using Your Condominium Newsletter to Tell the FHA Story

Why does FHA matter to your community? How will you tell the story? Have you ever tried telling a very technical story to someone who isn’t very tech savvy? You know from the glossy-eyed look of your listener that they

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CT: Gov Malloy Signs Heritage Village Condo Voting Bill

Connecticut Governor Malloy has signed into law legislation that would make it easier to defeat an annual budget the state’s largest condo complex – Heritage Village in Southbury.  Read More……

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General Assembly Passes Three Important Condo Bills In Connecticut

The Legislature passed three condominium-related bills during its 2013 Regular Session that ended at midnight on June 5th (PA 13-156, sHB 6662; HB 6477; and HB 6513)  Read More……

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Sandy-Related Suits Against Co-ops, Condos Face Unique Challenges

Months after Hurricane Sandy devastated buildings all over New York City, co-op and condo owners are still filing lawsuits accusing their building managers of negligence in preparing for the storm. These plaintiffs face a unique challenge: How can they show

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My Year of Living “Legislatively”

Before I begin, I need to point out that I am not an attorney. I am a volunteer member of the Connecticut chapter of the Community Associations Institute’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC). I nominated myself and applied to join by

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Capital Reserves and the Future of Your Community

I went to see a fortune teller recently. She took me into her reading room and asked me to gaze into her crystal ball. She then predicted my future. “I see wear and tear on your buildings. I see a

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New Condo Laws Scheduled For Monday Public Hearing In Hartford

A public hearing has been scheduled for Monday on several proposed bills involving Connecticut condominium laws, including legislation that would require banks to reimburse associations for up to 12 months of maintenance fees in case of foreclosures.  Read more……

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CT: Responding to Concerns: Community associations

Each week, I try to incorporate much of what we are focusing on at the state legislature to keep you informed. Now that we are about halfway through the current session, many legislators have been inundated with emails and calls

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Introduction to Community Association Living

Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program Community volunteer leaders and members can maximize the benefits of community association living by better understanding the history, purpose, and function of community associations. One way to do so is by participating in the Center

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Governance Guidelines

There are basic expectations that apply to virtually any common-interest community. With this in mind, the Center for Community Association Volunteers developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines – 12 principles that can help association board members increase harmony, reduce conflict

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Rights & Responsibilities for Better Communities

More than a destination at the end of the day, a community is a place people want to call home and where they feel at home. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents and association leaders recognize and

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Community Association Fundamentals

Each common-interest community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core principles. CAI developed the Community Association Fundamentals to foster a better conceptual understanding of how associations function and the roles of

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Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members

This model code of ethics is not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma encountered by a community association board member, but is offered as a basic framework that can be modified and adopted by any common-interest community.    Read

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So Now You’re On the Board

The first steps to superior board performance are clarifying your board’s job and then following through with appropriate plans, actions and evaluation of results. The checklists presented here are intended to assist you in those tasks. They cover a significant

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