CCOC Mourns Passing Of Rep. Mary Fritz

CCOC was very saddened about the recent death of representative Mary Fritz who represented the towns of Cheshire  and Wallingford in the 90th House District. Representative Fritz served in  the Connecticut General Assembly for 32 years. Representative Fritz was very supportive of CCOC and condominium unit owners and we considered her to be a friend.

Ask Atty Pat: The Legitimacy Of Adopted Amended Or Repealed Rules

A source of conflict between boards and unit owners is the enforcement of rules. The power of the Association of the enact and enforce rules in not unlimited. To be enforceable, the rules must be legally adopted and within the Association’s power. A necessary power of the Condominium Association is the adoption and enforcement of

Plainville Property Manager Arrested On Larceny Charges

The owner of the now defunct D&H Management firm in Plainville has been arrested on larceny charges following an investigation into complaints from more than 20 condo associations in Plainville and Bristol of missing funds, according to Plainville Police Lt. Nicholas Mullins “On March 15, 2015, the Plainville Police Department began receiving complaints from several

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

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 . Effective October 1, 2015, Section 47-250 (b)(9) of the Common Interest Ownership Act was amended to allow executive boards to act by not less than two-thirds

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,

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