CT Condo News: New Haven County

Branford Condo Owners Still Trapped In Their Homes Three Days After Storm

How good of a job did your condo association do in clearing the record snow from last weekend? If you are one of the 17 families living at Lakeview Drive in Branford you are probably not thrilled. Milam Lagella – who took the photo above – says he his family has been trapped in their

Ct Condo Complexes Face Potential Financial Hardship As A Result Of A Judge’s Ruling

Condominium owners around the state face potentially higher fees as the result of a recent Superior Court ruling which limits dramatically the responsibility banks have to pay condo common charges in foreclosure cases. New Haven Superior Court Judge Michael G. Maronich ruled that condo associations are limited to six months in fees that they can

West Haven Condo Property Manager’s Attempt To Replace The Board Of Directors Fails

In one of the more unusual legal maneuvers, a West Haven property manager attempted to set up a condo owners’ meeting in a last ditch effort to save its contract with the Mallard Brook Owners Association. Despite the fact that only board of directors have a right to call association meetings in Connecticut, Fischer Realtors,

Can A Connecticut Condo Board Restrict Owners From Renting Their Units?

Paul of Plainville asks what appears to be a simple question; can a condo board of directors restrict owners from renting their units or do owners have the right to vote on this issue? Unfortunately the answer is complex and could depend on the exact circumstances involved in each condo complex. The decision could have

Ask Attys Pat And George: Can A Husband and Wife Both Serve On A Ct Condo Board Of Directors?

A Connecticut couple wants to know if there is anything in the state statutes that would prevent both of them from running for board of directors at their condo complex. Glastonbury Attorney Patricia Ayers and Hartford Attorney George Coppolo agreed: state statutes do not prevent the two from being on the same board, unless the

Ask Atty Pat: How Can Ct A Condo Board Now Enforce A Rule It Has Ignored?

Charles and Mary of Wallingford want to know if their condo board can outlaw Playscapes retroactively if they have looked the other way when some owners installed them. Glastonbury condo attorney Patricia Ayers says it is a very trick question that doesn’t have a simple answer. She says the most reasonable way for the board

Ask Ct Condo Atty. George: Do Connecticut Condo Laws Apply To Associations Created Prior To 1984?

The Common Interest Ownership Act (CIOA) generally governs the creation, alteration, management, termination, and sale of common interest communities created in Connecticut on or after January 1, 1984 (CGS § 47-214). The law allows condominiums, cooperatives, and other planned communities established before January 1, 1984 to amend their declaration, bylaws, or surveys and plans to

Ask Atty. George: What Rights Do I Have At Condo Board Meetings

Reportedly, some Condominium Boards of Directors are requiring that unit owners notify the board of their intention to appear at a board meeting and to let the board know if they wish to speak at the meeting. Once they notify the board, they are given a specified time to attend the meeting and asked to

Lesson Learned: Ct Condo Owner Needs To Get Involved Or Sell

When Mary purchased her central Connecticut condo three years ago one of the incentives was that maintenance fees were kept steady. In 2009 the condo fee was $285 and living in the small complex (less than 50 units) seemed ideal. Then reality set in. Three months later unit owners faced $400 monthly special assessments for

Which Legislative Changes Would You Like To See? Your Turn To Give Us Your Input

It seems that the last legislative session just ended and here we are getting ready for the next General Assembly. In the upcoming weeks, we will be meeting with Connecticut leaders who have influence over legislation as well as getting input from our Advisory Council. Most importantly, we want input from you – our members.