CCOC Investigations Into Condo Owners’ Complaints Getting Into High Gear

Since launching our free condo owners’ complaint service, more than 50 condo owners and condo boards have requested our help in the last two months.

At the same time we have started forming a volunteer committee of investigators to help the executive committee review complaints, check documents and make recommendations to the executive committee

The complaints have ranged from a condo complex in southern Connecticut seeking help in finding a lawyer to update it’s condo bylaws to an owner complaining about a dictatorial board president. The only offer they received was from an attorney who wanted to charge $8,000 – an outrageous amount. Other competent lawyers charge in the range of $3,000 to $5,000 – still too high for what is basically a simple job for a condo attorney.

Several condo owners in a central Connecticut complex are upset with the president of the board, who refuses to make necessary repairs and runs the complex like it was his personal fiefdom.

In the first case, I provided the president and vice president of the complex with the names of three condo attorneys to interview. I will update their experience for you.

In the second case, I will be writing an indepth story – giving both sides to the numerous issues at that complex, which has the potential of being one of the nicest in the area.

Meanwhile, we are working with four new investigators, who are starting their first cases. Two others have applied to be investigators and we are vetting them now.

Also, we have a retired Certified Public Accountant who has volunteered to work with us. We are considering starting an accounting committee that would work hand in hand with the investigations committee.

We now have a legal consultant Pat Ayars, who gives us advice on condo legal questions. She also provides discounted services for CCOC members. She can be contacted at pattylaw50@sbcglobal.net. Just remember, the discounted rates only apply to CCOC members. You can sign up on this website on the top right corner.

Anyone interested in joining these committees or helping some other way please let me know: george@ctcondonews.com.

PS

A retired professional engineer volunteered his services after reading this post.

 

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4 Responses to CCOC Investigations Into Condo Owners’ Complaints Getting Into High Gear

  1. Dale Ellen Mayer says:

    I would be willing to place flyers around on bulletin boards, etc. if you wish. I know you were planning on updating the previous flyer. I also have tried recruiting new members.

  2. sam tucker says:

    we live in a condominium complex called Sunny Ledge, in Berlin Connecticut. It is at 270 New Britain Rd. There are 10 finished, completed, occupied units in the complex. The expected completion number to be 21 units. Two units are completed on the exterior and interiors are roughed in. About 10 units are open foundations. The builder stopped construction since about 2008. He has informally turned over the condominium association responsibilities to our small group of about 10 units. He has also gone into a form of bankruptcy & the bank is proceeding to foreclosure his company.

    Our informal organization has been performing the maintenance including landscaping, snow clearance, & insurance payments. We do have a lawyer who is doing some work for us but the expense is too much and we need to reduce his
    hourly charges.

    We need information on how to or become a legal condominium organization. Do we need a lawyer.? Do we deal with the secretary of the state? I would like your advice on what we should do next. Any advice you can give us I would
    certainly appreciate it. Sam Tucker

    • Sandy says:

      Although the $8,000 attorney fee seems high initially; in order to revise bylaws properly several things must happen: a title search must be done for each unit. Once that is done and the bylaws have been changed every lender must be notified and receive the changes. Title searchers charge for their services and there are many hours of meetings between the board, attorney and the board, unit owners with attorney present; clerical time,printing,recording fees on the land records, postage, etc. Meetings must be held with unit owners who must ultimately approve the changes. All of this takes time and attorneys charge for their time by the hour. The larger the complex, the larger the bill it would seem. It’s not just a case of changing a sentence here and deleting one there. It involves much more than people realize. One way to save some attorney time would be for the board to go over the bylaws on their own and make the necessary changes and have them ready when they meet with the attorney. The discussions and debate between the board members should be on their own time and not with the attorney’s meter running. Our complex was quoted an $8,000 estimate and we have 70 units. We are going to budget for it and have it done so our by laws will be more current and in line with today’s laws.

  3. larry solkoske says:

    Our 20 unit condo assoc. for seniors was told by the manager that it will cost 5000.00 for lawyers fees to fix the bylaws. Could I have the names of cheaper lawyers to take care of this as we are all on social security. The name of our assoc. is Westgate Village in milford CT> I am the secretary of this assoc.
    Thank You Larry Solkoske

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