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 CalHomeLaw.org 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

CCOC Testimony On Proposed Ct Condo Legislation

 TESTIMONY OF Gail A. Egan TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON PROPOSED SENATE BILL 457, “AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THECOMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT”. I currently serve as President of the Connecticut Condo Owners Coalition (CCOC).  The Connecticut Condo Owners Coalition (CCOC), is an organization, comprised of a volunteer Executive & Advisory Board. We currently have

CCOC Testimony On Proposed Legislation For Mediation Of Ct Condo Disputes

 TESTIMONY OF Gail A. Egan TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON PROPOSED HOUSE BILL 5590, “AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM FOR THE MEDIATION OF CONDOMINIUM-RELATED DISPUTES”. I currently serve as President of the Connecticut Condo Owners Coalition (CCOC).  The Connecticut Condo Owners Coalition (CCOC), is an organization, comprised of a volunteer Executive & Advisory Board.

Ask George: How To Get A Cheap Audit?

Hi George In the condo development we live in, we experience all the evils of board and management. One of which is the manager has been systematically dropping services to the unit owners. The latest being that  when it snows the maintenance department cannot shovel the front walks of units because they claim they don’t

Two Condo Bills Introduced In The Ct General Assembly

Two condo proposals were recently introduced in the General Assembly. The Connecticut Condo Owners Coalition will be testifying about our position on these proposed legislation at Monday’s hearing. A full copy of our testimony will be posted. The first proposal would launch a pilot program to mediate disputes between condo owners and their boards of

Ask Atty. George: Do State Condo Laws Apply To Coops?

Atty. George: As an owner in a cooperative in Connecticut, can you tell me if the Connecticut Common Interest Ownership Act applies to us? The Common Interest Ownership Act covers cooperatives (CIOA, CGS 47-202 through 47- 299). The rights and protections the Act gives to Condominium unit owners it gives equally to Cooperative unit owners.

Ask Gail: What Financial Information Should Boards Be Providing Unit Owners?

Hi Gail: Question; I asked the management company about looking at the check register for last year and am told it will be very time consuming and I will be billed for the time to get these records together. Board members should have all pertinent information in their monthly reports broken out into 5 reports.

Ask Atty. Pat: Can A Board Adopt An Update To The Declaration?

Hi Pat A question:  So the board here has drafted new rules and bylaws for the complex. I was told by a board member that it’s only the board that gets to vote on these two documents.  Is that correct? And are there new laws saying a condo complex has to update their Declaration?  Normally