Condo News, A Wisconsin Condominium Blog

Pet Rules Regarding Breeds – Right for Your Community?

May a Wisconsin Condominium lawfully restrict certain breeds of dogs?  We think so. The trend to consider breed specific restrictions arises in several contexts. Some condominiums which had prohibited dogs now wish to enlarge the population of potential condo buyers by allowing pets. Other associations wish to fine-tune existing pet restrictions.  Sometimes, a no-pet community…
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How to Steal Money from a Wisconsin Condominium Association!

Stealing Association Money is Easy!  It Happens Every Day! 1. You could qualify as a condo thief if: * You are an association member. * You are a property manager. * You are a lawyer. * You are a bookkeeper. * You are an employee of a property manager. * You are a child of…
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What Not to Sign – Suggestions for Wisconsin Associations and Their Managers

  Title companies, real estate brokers and lenders want to play the game of “Twenty Questions” with Wisconsin condominium  associations and their managers.  Our suggestion:  Don’t play.   You may know that the agent of a condo buyer always sends the association a questionnaire before the sale, and that is proper.  Condos have unwritten liens for…
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Gun Laws Uncertain for Wisconsin Condominiums

Associations wishing to consider Wisconsin’s New Concealed Carry law must deal with unclear legislation and the not unusual situation that lawmakers did not consider unique aspects of  condominium ownership. This is a review of how the new law applies to condominiums, the decisions that are available for the board of directors, and finally, our advice.…
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Condo College New Season Starts Saturday, March 3d, 8:00 a.m.

Condo College®   Please join us! Saturday, March 3d, 2012 8:00 a.m. Tuition: Free Seating is limited and by Reservation Only!   Milwaukee Public Market (Madame Kuony's Kitchen -- Second Floor) 400 North Water Street In the Third Ward  (Parking will be validated)   Join us for a light breakfast and some heavy lifting as we…
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What Happens in Vegas Can Stay There

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas?  Let’s hope so.  A massive conspiracy to steal home owner association money has been alleged and is finally resulting in indictments, and guilty pleas, there.  Many more prosecutions are anticipated. Federal prosecutors from Washington D.C. are leading the investigation, which began, apparently, at least two years…
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Quorum Rules in Wisconsin Make International News

Parliamentary procedure affects outcome -- But we knew that. We wondered if Wisconsin condominium board members found a special, and nonpartisan, interest in the political events which recently unfolded in Madison.  There, the use of parliamentary procedure slowed government, angered some and galvanized others, and attracted international attention.  All this because a governing body needed…
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A Contract Reminder for Wisconsin Condominium Associations

Hold-Harmless Clauses in Contracts are Not Harmless -- Handle with Care. Several years ago, a friend and I were taking our then-young sons to an indoor climbing facility, and before the kids could don their helmets and start to scale the wall, we grown-ups had to sign releases which absolved the place of any liability…
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A New Kind of Earthquake may be near in Wisconsin Condominium Foreclosures.

Some bank foreclosures fall short of legal requirements. It pays to check a lender’s representations and claims of priority over the Association. An earthquake in Wisconsin condominium foreclosures may be on the near horizon.  Several large national banks which lent money easily and quickly have tried to foreclose easily and quickly on owners in default. …
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Thank you!

Class full for Condo College on July 26, 2010. To all who registered for the Condo College on July 26, 2010, thank you!  The class is now full.  If you have not yet registered, and would like to attend this Condo College, please call or email Michelle Huber to be placed on the waiting list. …
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Supreme Court Rules on Unbuilt Condominium Units in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that declared but unbuilt condominium units must pay property taxes. The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision June 18th, 2010 which will affect condominium developments which are only partially completed.  The court ruled that declared but unbuilt units must pay property taxes, and developers cannot argue that no construction means…
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Two New Condo Colleges Announced!

Sign up now to attend one of our free seminars for Board Members: July 19, 2010 in Madison and July 26, 2010 in Germantown! Do you have legal questions?  We have answers!  Come to our CONDO COLLEGE® FOR BOARD MEMBERS ONLY The Document Shuffle: How to Organize What to Disclose Pitbulls, Fire pits, and Other…
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Condo College Announced!

Sign up now to attend our free seminar for Board Members on May 3, 2011 in Franklin! Do you have legal questions?  We have answers!  Come to ourx CONDO COLLEGE® FOR BOARD MEMBERS ONLY TOPIC: ALPHABET SOUP CO FHA IOU ARF ARF Plus, Q & A: Your Questions Answered!   Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Franklin…
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