Category Archives: Condo Rules

New Neighborhoods–MRTA, Emotional Support Animals and Hard Flooring

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff MRTA, Emotional Support Animals and Hard Flooring Dear Poliakoffs, In response to a reader’s question concerning whether the Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA) extinguished Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions older than 30 … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Preemptive Rights and Balcony Restoration

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Preemptive Rights and Balcony Restoration Dear Poliakoffs, My mom moved into an assisted living facility and was no longer able to pay her dues and assessments on her condominium.  She quit … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Email Board Meetings and Temporary Shutter Rules

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Email Board Meetings and Temporary Shutter Rules Dear Poliakoffs, Is it considered a meeting of the board of directors if the president or another member of the board emails the other … Continue reading

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New Neighborhoods–Long-Term Guests and Mandating Flood Insurance Coverage

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New Neighborhoods By Gary A. Poliakoff and Ryan Poliakoff Long-Term Guests and Mandating Flood Insurance Coverage Our condo documents state that guests can visit a resident for up to 30 consecutive days without being considered residents, themselves. People in our … Continue reading

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FHA Confirms that ADA Rules Regarding Service Animals Do Not Apply to FHA/Condos and HOAs

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In September of 2010, I wrote an article about the fact that the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) had been amended to specify that emotional support animals are NOT service animals for purposes of the ADA, and that compliance with … Continue reading

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Controlling the Common areas in a Condo or HOA–How Far is Too Far?

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Everyone knows that condominium associations and homeowner’s associations have some control over the use of the common elements–it’s in fact part of the board’s job to make sure that the common areas are properly used and maintained.  But far too … Continue reading

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Classic Blog–How to Control Messy Pets in Condos, Co-Ops and HOAs?

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Hi all!  First, I wanted to apologize for the infrequency of my posts during the past couple of weeks.  I had a family emergency that I had to deal with, but I promise to get back on track this week. … Continue reading

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Classic Blog–Seasons Change: Dealing with Transient Owners or Renters in a Condo, Co-Op or HOA

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[Before starting my "Poliakoff on Condo & HOA Living" blog, I had written over 20 articles for a blog that we maintained at the New Neighborhoods website.  Over the next few weeks I'm going to reprint some of those blogs … Continue reading

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Emotional support animals are NOT Service Animals–An important change to the ADA

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I’m not sure how this one flew under the radar, but on July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the ADA that can be found here.  Many of these changes can sometimes affect shared ownership communities. … Continue reading

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How To Screen Renters or Owners, Part 4–How to Create a Screening Procedure that’s Consistent and Fair

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This is the final installment in our How To Series regarding tenant and owner screening entitled “How to Screen Renters or Owners–Some Thoughts And Possible Consequences of Screening Applicants.” So, given all of the difficulties I’ve previously addressed, as well … Continue reading

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