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.

Filing Discrimination Complaints

A Condominium Association cannot discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, learning disability, marital status, mental retardation, national origin, physical disability, mental disability, race, religious creed, sex, gender identity or expression and sexual orientation. To make a discrimination complaint about housing, contact the CHRO Housing Discrimination Unit located at 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT

CCOC Strongly Opposes HB 5588 Which Would Make Associations Liable For Damages Caused By Renters and Guest

House Bill 5588 shifts the financial burden from unit owners who rent their units to tenants who damage association property to all the other unit owners in the condominium complex. Under current law, an Association can charge the unit owner/landlord for damages caused by his or her tenant for damages the tenant causes and can

CCOC Submits Testimony Opposing Bill That Would Change Condo Association Liability For Tenants’ Acts

TESTIMONY IN OPPOSITION OF RAISED BILL No. 5588 2015HB-05588-R00-HB AN ACT CONCERNING THE LIABILITY OF UNIT OWNERS FOR CERTAIN COSTS UNDER THE CONDOMINIUM ACT AND THE COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT As president of the Connecticut Condo Owners Coalition [CCOC] and on behalf of our Executive and Advisory Board, we submit our strong opposition of Raised

Four Pillars Of Trust

“Trust me.” Upon hearing those words, most people search their backs to locate the knife. Trust is earned through action, not by words or good intentions. Condominium boards are often described as being untrustworthy, sometimes with cause. Board members may be unaware of their responsibilities. Board members may be afraid of unit owners and the

Ask Atty. Pat: What Rules Must Associations Follow For Disability Laws?

The Federal Fair Housing Act and the Connecticut Discriminatory Housing Practice Act apply to condominiums.   Both of these acts require a condominium to make reasonable accommodations or allow reasonable modifications to the unit and the common elements for a person with a disability. Failure to comply with the provisions of those statutes expose a condominium