Ask Atty. Pat: Who Is Responsible In Case Of Damage To Condo Unit?

IN THE EVENT OF A CASUALTY LOSS, THE ASSOCIATION MUST REPAIR THE DAMAGE AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEDUCTIBLE UNLESS THE UNIT OWNER IS AT FAULT. The argument continues over whether the Association or the individual unit owner should be responsible for repairs to a unit in the event of a casualty loss. The basic

Connecticut Revokes Registration of Ennis Property Management

By Ct Consumer Protection Department The Ct Real Estate Commission revoked the community association manager’s registration of Ennis Property Management, Inc., on October 7, 2015. The Commission found that Ennis Property Management Inc. identified a condominium roof as storm damaged and then ordered replacement without the consent of the Condominium Association. The Commission further found

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, but where does the onus lie: the management company or the Association. The answer, unfortunately,

Another Take On How Repair Costs For Ice Dams Should Be Handled

ICE DAMS, INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLES, AND THE ALLOCATION OF REPAIR COSTS By Scott J. Sandler, Esq. On September 15, 2015, the Connecticut Condominium Owners Coalition (“CCOC”) posted an article by Patricia Ayars, Esq. titled Ask Attorney Pat: How to Get the Association to Pay and Repair Ice Damming. This article depicts board members as stubborn jackasses

Ask Atty Pat: How To Get The Association To Pay And Repair Ice Damming

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. I have been approached by groups of unit owners who have dealt with ice damming, resultant unit damage

Ask Atty Pat: What Are The New Laws On Using Grills In Condos?

I am receiving inquiries about a recent article in the Hartford Courant regarding changes to the Connecticut State Fire Prevention Code. The change, which became effective on May 7, 2015, bans the use and storage of charcoal and propane grills (open flame grills) on many condominium decks and balconies. The grills are prohibited from decks

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 landlord for correction. The position of the Connecticut Health Departments is that the “owner” of

CCOC Elects New Executive Board Member

Lynn Jones of central Connecticut has been elected to  the Connecticut Condo Owners Coalition Executive Board. Lynn is a lifelong resident of Connecticut and, for the past nineteen years, has been a resident of a common interest community. “I am familiar with the challenges faced by unit owners and homeowners associations. I became involved with

Legislation to Establish a Pilot Program to Mediate Condominium Disputes

CCOC has worked very hard during the past several years to try to get legislation passed that gives unit owners a quick and much less expensive alternative to filling a lawsuit against the Association in Superior Court. Unfortunately, primarily because of state budget problems in recent years, we have been unsuccessful. This year CCOC presented

CCOC Selects New President

We are pleased to announce, effective May 1, 2015, Judy Doneiko will assume the position of CCOC President. Judy embodies the basic principles of CCOC and her appointment provides the CCOC team an opportunity to reflect on the many accomplishments achieved over the past 3 years and of sustaining the vision set forth by CCOC.