Re: Condo Homeowner Problem - Posted by Frank Chin
Posted by Frank Chin on February 15, 2002 at 15:48:40:
Don’t they have meetings, and do you attend? Have you dicsussed this with the board?
I’m an absentee landlord, but my sister who manages the condo for me attends all the meetings, and faxes me the minutes of the meetings.
My HOA had changed management companies several times due to problems you described. Finally to save money, the owners formed committes to handle things like:
1- Changing lightbulbs
2- Pruning the shrubs
3- Sweeping the walkways
There used to be a charge of several dollars by the managemnt company to change a lighbulb. As my sister also has a condo owner in the same complex, my brother-in-law was the in house man for changing bulbs. His number is posted on the bulletin board and residents will call him when a light is out, and he’ll go on over to change it.
Because most of the litter is caused by the occupants and their guests, notes were passed around regarding littering, and fines for offenders.
In fact, I beleive the residents also hired a local retired person to sweep the interior walkways, and do cleaning.
So the management is left with nothing more than generate monthly statemnts for carrying charges and keeping track of collecting it.
I heard one management company did not think they’re making enough on handling a 104 unit complex that they thought we should look elsewhere when we complained. Maybe that’s the problem with your management company too.
If the problems bothers you, get involved and take charge.