Suzie, Home Owner in Massachusetts

HoW TO GET RID OF CONDO MANAGEMENT FEE IN MAssachusetts.?

Asked by Suzie, Massachusetts Fri Sep 16, 2011

I live in a small townhouse condo complex total of 9 units. Only three owners live there and rest of 6 units
it is rented to tenants. The condo mangement does nothing. And anything need to be done outside, we have
to call repeatedly to have the work done, but still not done. They don't take care of the lawn-mowing, snow
ploughed very roughly, can hardly get the car out of the unit due to small parking place. Tenant does not
care ? But it hurts to the owner, who lives there and pay condo fee every month.
Is there any way, to get rid of these condo management owner. we all are ready to get together and
hire a lawyer perhaps. but we are only three owners who lives there. Others owners does not care.
because of the rental. any suggestion from anyone ?

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This has to be done through the board of trustees. Is the board active?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 16, 2011
Of those investor-owned units, you may want to investigate if they have any financial or family connections to the condo management company.

If they have no connections, but their units have remained rented continually without significant turnover, you may have a hard time convincing them. But, if they have had problems with turnover or empty units, they probably would be very amenable to improving their return on investment.

To me, the whole townhouse condo-phenomenon is very curious. Coming from Philadelphia, where row homes in close proximity to one another were separately owned and maintained, it has always humored me why Massachusetts is so fond of the more expensive condo management arrangements. (The row homes were usually well taken care of, as long as the units were lived in by their owners and not involved with subsidized housing programs.)

Perhaps there are some folks out there that are familiar also with condo town houses that revert to individually owned and managed units? Would that be a consideration for your fellow condo owners, to eliminate the entire condo setup as well, eliminating the condo association and management?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 23, 2011
You may also need to engage the investor unit owners. Their tennants not respecting the property or rules/regs affects the quality of life and prop values. They need to be informed to help protect their investment. Don't make it an owner occupied versus absentee owner issue. Make sure everyone is informed and hopefully on board.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 16, 2011
Richard's answer is correct and this is a problem. Aside from moving it will require a full team effort to get rid of your problem and wish you well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 16, 2011
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