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2022 Spring Q&A: Board Limits

Q. We have a member of the board of trustees of our co-op village who is a licensed realtor. Is he legally restricted from listing or selling units that are owned by the village, due to a conflict of interest? Also, is a board legally res…

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2022 Spring Q&A: Puppies Grow Up, Too

Q. When I bought my house five years ago, I signed the HOA documents which forbade dogs over 50 pounds. Unfortunately, we forgot what we had signed. Since my son started online school and the pandemic began, the new reality was very hard …

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2022 Winter Q&A: Ardor Over Our Door

Q. I live in an association in Princeton. I have to have my front door lock replaced, and they are telling me once it’s replaced, I will get a bill for it. How can this be fair? I don’t own the door and can’t take the lock with me when I …

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2022 Winter Q&A: Double Boarding

Q. Can a board member who has served on one board for many years serve on another board that is in the same HOA association? I don’t want to cause a problem with this member, but it does mean they would be casting votes on two association…

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2022 Winter Q&A: Handling Harassment

Q. What can be done when the president of the condo association verbally harasses the building’s superintendent?                                     —Super Supporter A. “Board members of common interest communities can easily put the …

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2021 October Q&A: Autumn Pool Time

Q. Does the law state that all apartment pools must close on Labor Day weekend, or is it just a guide? Can the tenants use the area around the pool for BBQs, etc., or are there legal restrictions?              —Not Wanting Summer to End …

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2021 October Q&A: Rules, Rules, Rules

Q. What is the difference between HOA rules and CCRs?                  —Not Looking for Creedence A.   “In the world of community associations, CCR stands for covenants, conditions, and restrictions,” says attorney Scott K. Penick of t…

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2021 October Q&A: Board Member Makeup

Q. In New Jersey, is it okay for a condo association with five or fewer units to have the unit owners act as the board of directors?                             —Seeking Clarification A. “It is assumed from your question that the cond…

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2021 Fall Q&A: Relying on Verbal Authorization

Q. On March 31, 2020, after calling my HOA, I was given verbal permission to replace my roof, which was leaking. I signed a contract to replace the roof on April 15, 2020. Now the board has sent me a letter with a $500 fine for not gettin…

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2021 Summer Q&A: Garbage Charge

Q. My HOA found garbage dumped on the front of our street—and since they didn’t know who did it, decided to fine everyone on the street. Problem is that during that time period, the HOA had numerous unsupervised contractors working with d…

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