Designating bicycle storage areas can be complicatedOur condominium was designed without storage space for bicycles. Can the board set aside a portion of the common elements for the exclusive use by some of the owners for storage of bicycles in the absence of an authorizing bylaw? It could not be done even with a bylaw.
Rob Samouce: Can associations pass rules to prohibit smoking in common areas?Condominium associations ask us again and again whether they can pass a rule or regulation to prohibit smoking either in the units, on the limited common element unit lanais or on the general common elements. With less and less smokers living in condominiums than in the past, some nonsmokers, who bothered by second hand smoke, are pushing for their buildings to go smoke-free.
Lake Serene dam repairs estimated at $1 MillionRepairs to the Lake Serene dam along Bucccaneer Road could cost the home owners association $1 million. Heavy rains in late summer caused a 100-yard section of the embankment on the downstream side to
Can condo owner insist on having an electric vehicle charging station?Question: Our 15-unit condo complex, built in 1982, has only one parking space assigned to each unit. One owner purchased an electric car and requested board permission to install an electric vehicle charging station in her assigned parking spot, costing her $3,000. The electric plug she plans to use cuts into another homeowner’s exclusive-use garage parking spot.
Neighbors to gather for tree plantingsMembers of the Bridle Springs Homeowners Association and the South Albany High School Band will plant street trees on Saturday, Nov. 9, as part of the City of Albany’s NeighborWoods program. Kurt Powell, Community Manager for Bridle Springs, submitted a NeighborWoods application this summer for street trees to plant and nurture.
Fair warning: Some condo units contain common elements of associationQ: I bought a townhouse condo four years ago, and I just found out from a local plumber I hired that the main water shut-off valve for some of the other units in the association is located in my house. I was never informed about this from the seller or the homeowner’s association.
Board has an uncommon view of common areasQ: I live in a freestanding house that is part of a homeowners association. We have a neighbor who parks a 32-foot motor home in four guest spaces just outside our fence, with permission of the manager, for 24 hours every three or four weeks.