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Community Update, Volumes 7 & 8, 2014

Here it is – our Special Legislative Issue of Community Update. This year CALL had significant impact on the new laws and published detailed guides to the legislation. Legislation this year included guidance for associations with respect to abandoned units, requirements for former directors, officers and committee members to turn over association records, fair housing issues for homeowners’ associations and further clarification of Community Association Manager (CAM) activities plus a whole lot more.

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    aries2756
    January 6, 2015

    Our Board wants to change our By Laws or Declaration to “say” that the Association has the first right of refusal to PURCHASE ALL apartments and approve who gets to live in this building and who doesn’t. Furthermore they want the right to assess the rest of us to enable them to purchase these apartments when they so choose. Is that legal?

    In addition, the General Manager is forcing us to get permits from her office on things the CITY does NOT require permits for such as floors and cabinet changes, and both the Board and GM say they have the right to waive these restrictions as they see fit.

    Many of us feel this smacks of racism and discrimination

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      Lisa Magill
      January 8, 2015

      Many condominium documents contain rights of first refusal (right to buy a unit if the board rejects the purchaser). Of course, the association cannot exercise those rights in a discriminatory way. Each of the members will decide how they vote on this issue.

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        aries2756
        January 8, 2015

        What about the additional permits not required by law or bylaws of the condo?

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        aries2756
        January 8, 2015

        Are there any laws allowing us to screen individuals with criminal records or that have been arrested out of the building?

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          Lisa Magill
          January 13, 2015

          Transfer approval (sale or lease approval) procedures are not required to be included in the governing documents. The power of the association is dependent upon the language of the governing documents in conjunction with case law.