Additional Information: I live in a 5 unit condominium building in Boston, MA. The owner of the unit next to mine stopped paying her condominium fees months ago. The condominium association asked her several times to pay the fees, and she said she would pay, but she has yet to do so. For the past several weeks, I have not seen her in the building, she no longer picks up her mail from her mailbox and the utility company placed a notice on her door informing us she is behind on her payments. I think her unit may be in the process of being foreclosed upon. Her condominium is physically attached to my unit, and I am afraid that her lack of maintenance or care for the unit will cause damage to my property. Will the condominium be able to recoup the money she owes us? Is there any way I can compel her to maintain her unit, or at least winterize it ahead of the upcoming cold season? How can I protect myself, the condominium association and my unit in this situation? The condominium does not have a significant reserve fund, and cannot afford to pay much to an attorney.
Good neighbors are hard to find, and in small condominiums (under seven (7) units), having a strong relationship with the neighbors is especially beneficial. More than any other living arrangement, owners of small condominiums constantly rely on their neighbors to make good decisions relating to the care, maintenance and continued prosperity of their condominium. When one unit owner of a small condominium does not comply with the rules set forth in the condominium documents, for example, not paying their monthly condominium fees or not maintaining their unit, it can be very detrimental to the entire condominium.
To put the condominium in the best position to avoid internal conflict, it is important for the condominium to comply with the rules of the condominium documents and elect trustees who can manage the property and the financials. The condominium should try to meet regularly, and address any conflicts or problems as they arise.