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Response to demtenjeep (Original post)
Sun Jul 29, 2012, 09:24 PM
tularetom (22,042 posts)
29. Make sure the people running the homeowners association aren't dicks
We have a condo that we bought out of my uncle's estate. He was a builder and built the complex back in the 80's and kept one unit for himself. It was at the beach but in a not so good neighborhood so it wasn't nice enough for his kids. He knew I'd always liked it (I actually helped him build it) so he specified in his will I could have first crack at it for a reasonable price.
Anyway, over the years the condo owners association got taken over by some nazis who got very fussy about parking your car on the street, what kind of screen door you could have, satellite dishes on the roof, christmas and halloween decorations, how big of a dog you could keep there and on and on ad nauseum. The meetings which once were sort of an opportunity for the owners to get together and party (most of us are absentee owners) turned into a kangaroo court where a certain group tried to punish those who in their opinion failed to conform.
Finally some of the absentee owners got fed up and we staged a coup. We got enough votes together to call for an election of directors and voted the douchebags out, but it took three years to get this done after we once started. Now the thing is being governed in a reasonable fashion, there is much more emphasis on repairs to the common areas, preventive maintenance, and capital improvements and less on dinging those owners who aren't good Germans.
I don't know how big your complex is but make sure you get a copy of the association by laws and if possible get acquainted with some of the association mucky mucks. A good association can make condo ownership a positive experience, a bad one can make it hell.
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