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  • Condo Column: The misplaced transparency (NH) June 20, 2024
    So, this could be a problem.  In 2021 the federal government amended the Anti-Terrorism Act in 2020 by adding to it the Corporate Transparency Act, also known as the CTA. The intent was and is to stop money laundering. But its effect has spread to condominium associations, a strange place to think money launderers might be working. Let me explain.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Column: Something to think about (NH) June 8, 2024
    While many owners have large condominium units, say something around or above 1,000 square feet, many owners have much smaller ones, as little as 200-400 square feet. In such places, space is at a premium, and that leads the issue of ventless dryers.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Column: The monkey lost (NH) May 8, 2024
    All too often attorneys only tell others about the cases they win. This column is about one I recently lost……The developer constructed two of three commercial buildings and then disappeared for fourteen years before coming back to try and construct the third building. There were two problems with what he wanted to do, I pointed out to the trial court.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Law Legislative Update – 2024 – Part II (NH) March 7, 2024
    Settle in and read on for thoughts on a couple of additional condominium bills making their way through the Legislature this season.  House Bill 1357 seeks to require more meetings of boards of directors, a seemingly innocuous proposal, but one of greater consequence than likely intended.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condo Column: Condo Law Legislative Update – 2024 – Part I (NH) March 1, 2024
    This year’s slate of pending legislation includes an old, worn out retread, and some new ones. None have as yet passed and are in various committees. Proxies. In 2016 the Legislature amended the Condominium Act and added language regarding directed and undirected proxies. To refresh, a directed proxy is one where the owner who will not be attending an association meeting gives their right to speak and vote to someone by way of a written document, a proxy.   Read the ...
  • West Lebanon fire damages condo (NH) February 3, 2024
    A two-alarm fire damaged the second story of a condominium unit at 23 Pleasant St. on Friday afternoon. Hank Clarke was bringing his recycling outside when he noticed smoke coming from a neighbor’s roof at the Village Green Condominiums.Read the article…………………………….

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  • Everybody Hates Assessments: Handling the Unpleasant Inevitable
    Ahh, the pleasures of home ownership; a space to call your very own, to arrange and enjoy as you see fit, all while building equity. It’s a key component of the American Dream—but when the faucet leaks in your condo or co-op unit, there’s no more calling the landlord. You’ve got to fix it yourself. In shared interest communities, that’s true of every component of the building, both inside and outside your unit. The upkeep, maintenance, and repair of everything ...
  • Respecting Rules & Rights: Strategies for Dealing With ‘Problem’ Residents
    Everyone wants to be a good neighbor—at least that’s what we’d like to believe. But, living in small spaces and sharing common areas can (and unfortunately does) lead to occasional conflict. That’s the unintended but inevitable consequence of shared interest community living. What one resident considers normal or acceptable may not be seen as such by their neighbors. The ensuing irritation can build up, and if not addressed and defused, can throw a community into turmoil, leading to acrimony, dysfunction, ...
  • Financial Literacy for Board Members: Knowing More = Governing Better
    When a condo or co-op resident runs for a seat on their board, the decision to do so generally comes from a desire to ‘step up’ and participate in the governance of the place they call home, and the building or association community as a whole.   Often, the residents willing to serve on their board aren’t necessarily those with finely-honed skills and formal education in law, finance, and practical business management.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Q&A: Regulating Risk
    Q. During the warmer months, owners in our condominium building have noticed a few e-bikes/scooters with lithium batteries around our community. At night these e- bikes/scooters seem to be housed in owners’ or renters’ dwellings. Based on some news stories we’ve seen (although I’m sure they are pretty isolated incidents), we have concerns that these vehicles could explode and cause a fire.    Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Holding Orderly, Efficient Annual Meetings – It’s Not as Hard as It Seems!
    Talk to anyone familiar with common-interest community governance anywhere in the country, and they will tell you the same thing: apathy is rampant among residents of co-ops, condos, and HOAs. Not only is it difficult to get owners and shareholders to run for their boards of directors, but it’s a struggle to even get them to show up to the once-a-year meetings held to elect those board members and to update the community on what is happening in their home ...
  • Boards & Boundaries: How ‘Available’ Should You Be?
    In multifamily residential communities, where neighbors share common space, amenities, and maintenance—if not actual walls—establishing and maintaining boundaries can be a bit tricky……Non-physical boundaries are yet another thing. Living in close proximity to one’s neighbors requires a certain tolerance of other people being in one’s business, as well as (one hopes) a certain restraint in minding one’s own. A lot of neighborly behavior is subjective—one man’s helpfulness is another man’s nosiness, after all—making it hard to delineate and enforce these ...
  • Tree Care & Maintenance: Keeping Your Biggest Landscaping Elements Healthy
    Trees provide us with many benefits, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. Whether your community is an urban high-rise surrounded by hundreds of others, or a sprawling suburban development with acres of grounds, its trees are an integral part of the landscape—one that we often take for granted, but which requires specific, dedicated care and maintenance in order to stay healthy and lush for decades to come.   Read the article…………………………….

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