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Condo Media Magazine Sunday, May 28, 2017

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May 2017
With the rise in popularity of Airbnb, condominiums located in popular tourist spots, such as Boston and the Cape, are increasingly faced with the issue of whether Airbnb rentals are allowed, and, if so, to what extent condominiums can regulate unit owners who are leasing their units on Airbnb. Airbnb is an online marketplace where people can list their residence - be it a single-family home, a second home, an apartment, or a condominium unit—for rent for daily, weekly, or even monthly periods of time.
Mark Rosen, Esq.

Raising community association fees is a lot like eating well and getting plenty of exercise: Most boards know a condominium’s financial health requires fees high enough to fund essential maintenance and operating expenses. The logic is inescapable: Costs rise and association fees must increase to keep pace. But what board wants to deliver that news to owners? This is not a trick question. The answer is precisely what you assume.
Nena Groskind

A new decision by the Massachusetts Appeals Court resolves a lingering question about adverse possession that is, whether a landlord can take adverse possession of property based on the use of its tenants. The decision, AM Properties, LLC. v. J&W Summit Ave., LLC, Case No. 15-P-1343 (decided March 8, 2017), is a good reminder that all land owners, including condominiums, should know the locations of deeded property line boundaries and must be vigilant in making routine inspections to avoid adverse encroachments.
Thomas Aylesworth, Esq.
Maine’s lawyers and property managers involved in the condominium market are discovering the condo real estate rules are presenting a changing landscape due to the patchwork quilt of local condo ordinances and permitting rules spreading throughout the state. No longer is the Maine Condominium Act the only reference to be reviewed when their developer client calls.
Jack Carr, P.E., RS, LEED-AP
My apologies in advance if yet another mention of this topic hurts your eyes, ears, or head. But one of the most talked about subjects of the past few years has been HB 353, the New Hampshire Condominium Act’s substantial amendment. As I suspect you already know, the sweeping changes of HB 353 became effective as new parts of RSA 356-B in August 2016. Since that time, the question I am most often asked by New Hampshire associations is, “Do we have to amend our documents to be in compliance with the Act?” The answer is “maybe.” I’ll explain.
Gary M. Daddario, Esq., CCAL
The executive board at a condominium association in Providence, R.I., decided to remove the community picnic tables that had been on the common area for the past five to 10 years. The tables were not used much, had begun to get worn and unsightly, and management was having a tough time keeping up with the pigeons that used them as target practice. The board made a decision that they were not worth the cost or trouble and had them removed. A few weeks later, Ms. Erble, a very vocal yet non-participatory unit owner, sent a threatening letter to the board. Ms. Erble’s letter stated that she regularly sat at the picnic tables, and that the board had no right to remove her tables.
Mary Joy Howes, Esq.
In November of 2016, Massachusetts and Maine voters approved the recreational use of marijuana. They join Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in permitting the recreational use of pot. Lawmakers in neighboring New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are considering doing the same. In addition, 28 states and the District of Columbia allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes. While the liberalization of marijuana laws seems to be taking hold in many states, the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. Moreover, the Trump administration is signaling plans to enforce federal drug laws more strictly, a reversal from the Obama administration, which largely tolerated marijuana industries in states where voters had approved it.
Donna T. Salvidio, Esq.

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