Legal Resources: Condo Associations

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Amending Condominium Documents Road Blocks and Best Practices

By Rachel Zoob-Hill, Esq. and Howard Goldman, Esq. A prudent condominium governing board should periodically review condominium documents to confirm that they meet changing needs. For example, when online platforms such as AirBnB supercharged the short-term rental industry, many condominiums faced disputes among unit owners: Who could rent out units? How often? And under what circumstances? Some trustees were unprepared to navigate these disputes, and many condominium documents were silent regarding the issue. Sometimes condominium documents need to be amended. If

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Condominium Law

Insurance Coverage – Represent individuals and board in dispute concerning insurance coverage: whose coverage applies, and will it cover certain claims. We also regularly advise condominium boards regarding how to maximize coverage over the long haul, shape coverage to the specific needs of the condominium, and how to rein in deductible increases.   Derivative Lawsuits – Goldman & Pease has been on both sides of these disputes, the processes of which are dictated by Massachusetts statute. Derivative claims concern unit owners

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CORONAVIRUS: A Tsunami is Coming… Is Your Condominium Ready to Weather the Storm?

Insurance…the least exciting topic on any board’s agenda.  But before your eyes glaze over, consider that at this unsettled time, the adequately insured condominium that is committed to the best practices regarding Covid-19 containment – will weather the coming flood of insurance claims more readily than most. Many condominiums in Massachusetts are suffering – or about to suffer – less financial stability than in years past. Common area fees and assessments are getting harder to collect as long-term high unemployment is

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Common Area Assessments Alert

Goldman & Pease advises its Massachusetts clients, particularly condominium associations, boards, and property managers, to pay close attention to a new emergency regulation from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office that directly prohibits a condominium association from initiating or threatening to initiate a lawsuit if a unit owner fails to pay condominium common area fees, assessments, fines and/or dues. The March 27, 2020 Emergency Addendum to the Attorney General’s Regulations (“Regulation”), “Unfair and Deceptive Debt Collection Practices During the State of Emergency

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Coronavirus: What Steps Should Condo Associations take?

Community associations are wisely thinking about how to meet daily responsibilities while mitigating the spread of this virus. According to the CDC’s current information, person-to-person spread is occurring between people in close contact (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, but this is currently not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. While there are still unknowns about the virus’s transmission, Goldman

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Shared Living in the Small Condominium Setting: Rights and Obligations of Unit Owners and Trustees

By Howard Goldman – With the rising cost of real estate and lack of affordable housing in many communities, people are searching for ways to maximize their investment through shared living. Whether it be by including an in-law suite for an aging parent, a basement apartment for a long-term tenant or sprucing up a guest room to rent via AirBnB, many homeowners are embracing shared living as the way of the future. Shared living arrangements provide many benefits to individual homeowners

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June 14, 2017 – Legal Update Lunch Seminar

LEGAL UPDATE LUNCH SEMINAR  MEDIATE MANAGEMENT CO. Date: Wednesday, 10:30a.m. June 14, 2017 Presented by: Goldman & Pease LLC APARTMENT OR CONDOMINIUM SHARING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AIRBNB What are the security risks, nuisances, and property damage that result from engaging an Airbnb rental? What are the best practices for avoiding problems that neighbors and property managers frequently encounter when tenants or condo unit owners use Airbnb.com?

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Condo Surveillance and the Law

Security is a major issue for condominium communities today.  Attorney Howard Goldman shares his perspective and provides legal insight into the state of condominium surveillance and security in the below article from New England Condominium. Surveillance and the Law Maintaining Safety While Respecting Privacy By A.J. Sidranksy | New England Condominium Secure. The word has many meanings. According to Google definitions it can mean “to fix or attach something to something else. It can mean to protect against threats or make

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Drones Take Off: What Condo Leaders Need to Know

By:  Howard S. Goldman, Esq. I. Introduction Drones are no longer the military robots or science fiction creations that we once imagined them to be. In fact, in 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Association, an estimated 3 million drones were purchased for use by hobbyists and businesses alike. Non-military drones are generally used either commercially or by hobbyists. All drone usage is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, but hobbyists are only required to obtain a $5 registration,

Read More »
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Amending Condominium Documents Road Blocks and Best Practices

By Rachel Zoob-Hill, Esq. and Howard Goldman, Esq. A prudent condominium governing board should periodically review condominium documents to confirm that they meet changing needs. For example, when online platforms such as AirBnB supercharged the short-term rental industry, many condominiums faced disputes among unit owners: Who could rent out units? How often? And under what circumstances? Some trustees were unprepared to navigate these disputes, and many condominium documents were silent regarding the issue. Sometimes condominium documents need to be amended. If

Read More »

Condominium Law

Insurance Coverage – Represent individuals and board in dispute concerning insurance coverage: whose coverage applies, and will it cover certain claims. We also regularly advise condominium boards regarding how to maximize coverage over the long haul, shape coverage to the specific needs of the condominium, and how to rein in deductible increases.   Derivative Lawsuits – Goldman & Pease has been on both sides of these disputes, the processes of which are dictated by Massachusetts statute. Derivative claims concern unit owners

Read More »
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CORONAVIRUS: A Tsunami is Coming… Is Your Condominium Ready to Weather the Storm?

Insurance…the least exciting topic on any board’s agenda.  But before your eyes glaze over, consider that at this unsettled time, the adequately insured condominium that is committed to the best practices regarding Covid-19 containment – will weather the coming flood of insurance claims more readily than most. Many condominiums in Massachusetts are suffering – or about to suffer – less financial stability than in years past. Common area fees and assessments are getting harder to collect as long-term high unemployment is

Read More »
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Common Area Assessments Alert

Goldman & Pease advises its Massachusetts clients, particularly condominium associations, boards, and property managers, to pay close attention to a new emergency regulation from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office that directly prohibits a condominium association from initiating or threatening to initiate a lawsuit if a unit owner fails to pay condominium common area fees, assessments, fines and/or dues. The March 27, 2020 Emergency Addendum to the Attorney General’s Regulations (“Regulation”), “Unfair and Deceptive Debt Collection Practices During the State of Emergency

Read More »

Coronavirus: What Steps Should Condo Associations take?

Community associations are wisely thinking about how to meet daily responsibilities while mitigating the spread of this virus. According to the CDC’s current information, person-to-person spread is occurring between people in close contact (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms, but this is currently not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. While there are still unknowns about the virus’s transmission, Goldman

Read More »

Shared Living in the Small Condominium Setting: Rights and Obligations of Unit Owners and Trustees

By Howard Goldman – With the rising cost of real estate and lack of affordable housing in many communities, people are searching for ways to maximize their investment through shared living. Whether it be by including an in-law suite for an aging parent, a basement apartment for a long-term tenant or sprucing up a guest room to rent via AirBnB, many homeowners are embracing shared living as the way of the future. Shared living arrangements provide many benefits to individual homeowners

Read More »

June 14, 2017 – Legal Update Lunch Seminar

LEGAL UPDATE LUNCH SEMINAR  MEDIATE MANAGEMENT CO. Date: Wednesday, 10:30a.m. June 14, 2017 Presented by: Goldman & Pease LLC APARTMENT OR CONDOMINIUM SHARING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AIRBNB What are the security risks, nuisances, and property damage that result from engaging an Airbnb rental? What are the best practices for avoiding problems that neighbors and property managers frequently encounter when tenants or condo unit owners use Airbnb.com?

Read More »

Condo Surveillance and the Law

Security is a major issue for condominium communities today.  Attorney Howard Goldman shares his perspective and provides legal insight into the state of condominium surveillance and security in the below article from New England Condominium. Surveillance and the Law Maintaining Safety While Respecting Privacy By A.J. Sidranksy | New England Condominium Secure. The word has many meanings. According to Google definitions it can mean “to fix or attach something to something else. It can mean to protect against threats or make

Read More »

Drones Take Off: What Condo Leaders Need to Know

By:  Howard S. Goldman, Esq. I. Introduction Drones are no longer the military robots or science fiction creations that we once imagined them to be. In fact, in 2016, according to the Consumer Technology Association, an estimated 3 million drones were purchased for use by hobbyists and businesses alike. Non-military drones are generally used either commercially or by hobbyists. All drone usage is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, but hobbyists are only required to obtain a $5 registration,

Read More »
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