Ask Atty. George: How Much Power Do Boards Of Directors Have In Setting Rules?

RULES AFFECTING UNIT OWNER BEHAVIORS Clients often ask whether their Condominium can adopt and enforce rules that affect how unit owners behave in the common elements and even in their own unit. Section 47-244(a)(1) of the Connecticut Common Interest Ownership Act (CIOA) gives the Unit Owners Association the power to adopt and amend rules and

CAI Legal and Legislative Symposium Scheduled For Oct. 23

The Connecticut Community Associations Institute legal and legislative symposium is scheduled for Oct. 23 in Stratford at Oronoque Village, 600 North Trail. Cost is $50 for CAI members and $75 for all others. “Our professionals will present an array of timely topics which include: Our panel of legal experts will cover topics such as: implementing

New Connecticut Condo Laws To Go Into Affect Oct. 1

New Connecticut condo legislation – which was supported by the CT Condo Owners Coalition [CCOC] – will go into affect on Oct. 1 as part of Public Act 14-215. Sections of this bill, focusing on voting by board members, resale certificates and increasing penalties for community association managers who violate the law, were presented by

CCOC’s Legislative Proposals Enacted In Connecticut

The CT Condo Owners Coalition [CCOC] is very pleased that the Legislature passed a bill during the last few days of the session that will benefit unit owners residing in common interest communities throughout Connecticut (Substitute Senate Bill 457 (File 613, as amended by Senate “A”. This legislation is now Public Act 14-215, “An Act

Milford Resident Admits Embezzling From Ct Condo Associations

 Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAVID LIPTAK, 49, of Milford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in Bridgeport to one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. According to court documents and statements made in

Ask Atty George: Can A Condo Association Meeting Be Held Without An Actual Meeting?

A client recently asked me whether the Association of Unit Owners must hold a meeting in order to vote either on issues, or on electing or removing directors from office. This is another instance where one has to carefully examine the law (Common Interest Ownership Act (CIOA) as well as the Declaration and Bylaws because

Ask George: Can A Board President Prevent Individual Board Members From Meeting With Auditor?

Hi George I am a board member in a large condo development. Recently, our village was notified of an assessment. The figures being used to justify the assessment are vague and confusing, and are sometimes not the same in every correspondence. I took it upon myself to call the auditor and set up an appointment

Ask Gail: Dueling Proxies

Question: at our recent annual meeting, we had 2 unit owners who each had a proxy from two different owners who could not attend the meeting. But the board had proxies from the very same owners who could not attend. Our property manager said all proxies had to be discarded/held and would not be used

Ask Atty. George: What Does It Mean To Vote By Proxy

In my practice I am often asked about proxy voting. A proxy is a document executed by a unit owner that grants to another person the owner’s right to vote in the Association. Unit owners often want to vote by proxy because it is difficulty or impossible to attend the Association meeting or because they would

Mediation Law No Panacea For Condo Owners In California

The latest news release from shows that mediation is far from useful for most common condo disputes. The Community Association Institute (CAI) descended on the Capitol yesterday. One of the bills in its cross-hairs is AB1738, legislation that would help homeowners in disputes with association boards. The bill would let homeowners bring someone with