You’re Part of Something Bigger Now
Living in a condo means being part of a condo association. You’ll have reviewed your association’s requirements, rules, and procedures during the financing process, but it’s always helpful to revisit this information, so you understand what the condo association responsibilities are and what your responsibilities are as a resident.
Your condo association will be made up of a board, with each member having his or her own role and responsibilities. We’ll be covering what makes a good board member soon, but for now, understand that association boards exist to both serve the residents of the condo as well as maintain its overall financial and physical well-being. Here are some additional details on the responsibilities of your condo association.
What the Association Governs
Every condo association has documents and policies that specify the scope of the association’s powers, as well as the powers of its officers and/or board members. While it might not be the most fun read in the world, it’s important that you review these documents and understand the extent of the condo association responsibilities and how they impact you as a resident.
Some associations have a broad scope, such as dealing only with financial matters and maintenance duties. Other associations might be involved in services and features that residents use daily, such as a cleaning service, catering, transportation, and more. If you need a refresher, request the association’s governing documents from a board member.
How the Association Can Help You
The association doesn’t just exist to keep the building from falling apart — it also exists to serve you. The board is made up of residents just like you, who could just as easily experience frustrations and concerns. So, if you’re having an issue, first consult the governing documents to see what the condo association responsibilities are and how they can help you. Next, contact a board member.
For example, if a neighbor’s dog is barking endlessly, or if they’re staying up all night partying when everyone else has to be at work in the morning, the association may be able to help. Provided it’s within their reach. You should talk with your neighbor(s) first to see if you can come to a peaceful resolution, but if the problem persists (and the governing documents allow for intervention), you can contact the association board to see what they can do.
While that example was more interpersonal, other issues could arise that will definitely see involvement from the association. If a neighbor living above you recently put down new flooring and even a crumb falling makes your ceiling rattle, the association should verify whether the new floor is up to code and compliant with its policies. (A perfect example of why it’s important to talk to your association prior to any renovations.)
Having Problems? Start with a Conversation
Read the governing documents, so you understand the condo association responsibilities. If you can’t resolve the problem on your own, contact the association directly. This information is readily accessible on your condo’s resident portal. If you know any board members, reach out to them.
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