We have a new neighbor who wants to rip out the grass in his back yard and replace it with artificial turf. We have ranch condos and each unit has a small backyard. While all grounds are considered common elements, the backyards have been open to people planting flowers, etc. We don't allow permanent changes that can't be undone. The HOA does pay to have the backyards mowed and pays the water bill for the sprinklers. In the 10 years I've lived here since the complex was new, no one has ever requested this. I have concerns. First, it will change the look of the common element. Second, sprinklers will have to be capped, disrupting the whole system. Will there be erosion issues? Each unit has a drain in their backyards which tie into a retention pond. I've heard about environmental issues with disposal and health concerns from exposure. Not quite sure how to approach this. I don't want them angry if we deny their request but I don't think it's fair to alter the common elements. Any thoughts?
I understand your point, Jack. I wasn't the one who started all the flowers thing, just having to deal with it now and what's done is done. However, we only have 27 units and everyone pretty much understands that whatever they plant (flowers, etc) must not obstruct anything or is something that can be easily undone. For example, putting mulch down or putting in bulbs. These can be removed. Artificial turf is another thing altogether. I just don't see how that can be easily removed or replaced if there's an issue (like a broken sprinkler line, etc) It also changes the look of the common element. I personally would love artificial turf but I understand the fact that the grounds belong to everyone and changing one piece of it to benefit only one resident isn't allowed. The HOA is pretty strict on front yards though. We only allowed potted flowers near the front door.
3041oceaninc: 40 units condo. Floors 3-7 units have the same SF. However floor 4-7 have balconies with size 130 SF, floor 3 has terrace size 1,400SF. Common charges are based on SF of the unit and there is absolutely nothing extra for units with terrace. Correct?
May 10, 2017 13:12:41 GMT
thejim: a face book page might be a lot easier than searching this site -- what is the name of the face book site
Apr 16, 2017 17:05:42 GMT
maperk1234: I recently started a facebook page so owners of the condo can communicate. The management company would not send the list of names, so I put flyers under doors to alert owner/occupants about the group and options to join. I am being fined for flyers! 2K!
Mar 3, 2017 22:19:16 GMT
maperk1234: How do I post a question or concern?
Mar 3, 2017 22:18:13 GMT
susan: By-laws: "Unit owners shall not place or cause to be placed in the condominium areas,and facilities or a similar nature both common & limited, any packages or objects of any kind." The small flowers are right outside my lanai door where no one else walks.
Jan 3, 2017 3:18:22 GMT
susan: I have two small flowers pots outside my lanai, I am the only one that enters my condo. The By-law say, "Such areas shall be used for no other purpose than normal transit through them." Am I violating the rules?
Jan 3, 2017 3:02:36 GMT
bellarose: I have recently asked for help with this because we have a new president now. He initially said lets get it done and then the other board member that has been harassing me stepped in and said no.
Dec 28, 2016 20:55:49 GMT
bellarose: Hi, I am having an issue with a board member. I have been an owner for 24 years and have never had a main. Water shut off on condone. Because of one board member refuses to deal with my issue what are my rights
Dec 28, 2016 20:51:59 GMT
sheilajk1: Can the board president break into an owners's patio, supposedly searching for something?
Dec 23, 2016 16:35:32 GMT
wjfowler96: I'm the Snyder of a small condo association (15 units) looking for answers and update on bylaws
Dec 16, 2016 21:01:02 GMT
dlamyotte: Please contact an attorney who specializes in real estate law. He or she can update the bylaws.
Nov 29, 2016 11:14:28 GMT
oclough: I live in a phase development in Florida with 5 phases where each phase is responsible for their own finances, including common contribution, and voting on material improvements to each phase. When electing a board member it is open to all phases?
Nov 16, 2016 17:15:56 GMT
jadbjoel: I live in Charlotte, NC and I'm not sure if rules. However I need to know if a board member who us up for reelection can collect proxy votes to help his reelection?
Nov 5, 2016 22:09:25 GMT
ellabee: IN the middle of renovating condo built in 1970 nothing meets code, contractors have to do there job to the federal building code to pass inspection. Do I have to go thru HOA board when venting things to code?
Oct 30, 2016 16:10:12 GMT
skonwiser: I am also looking for help with an updated condo bylaws template. Does anyone have contact with a large NH condo that might have the resources to do this?
Oct 28, 2016 15:19:29 GMT
jeffrey: Thank you sir. Ok.
Oct 25, 2016 7:52:11 GMT
dlc: The State of NH recently updated the bylaws for all condo Associations in NH. What does this mean to all existing associations? Ours is 9 years old and we have 23 units.
Oct 21, 2016 23:30:07 GMT
7641hoa: I have been managing the HOA for our small 8 unit complex. The existing bylaws were enacted in 1973. We would like to have them re-written. Where can we get assistance with getting new set drafted?
Oct 20, 2016 14:26:13 GMT
mimi000: Board holding Special Mtg. with no minutes to members afterwards
Oct 14, 2016 18:16:49 GMT
mary5653: How do we fix this.
Oct 3, 2016 18:47:46 GMT
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