Condo News, A Wisconsin Condominium Blog

Pets Comfort PTSD-Suffering Veterans

Dogs may comfort war veterans in condominiums. According to The New York Times, (April 3, 2010, “For the Battle-Scarred, Comfort at Leash’s End”,) evidence is accumulating that a specially trained dog can be of great assistance to Iraq war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.  The dogs can minimize night terrors and suicidal thoughts,…
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Bill to Amend Condo Law Introduced in State Senate!

If a proposed bill becomes law in Wisconsin, sellers of condo units may be able to provide condominium documents to potential buyers electronically. On March 10, 2010, a bill was introduced in the Wisconsin Senate that may change the condominium law in this state.  The proposed bill would allow condominium unit sellers to provide the…
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Obstacle to Condominium Sales is Removed by the Federal Government

Wisconsin condominiums with rental restrictions may qualify for FHA project certification – Making condominium purchases easier for many. The FHA today (March 21, 2011) released new policy guidance  which will makes sales of Wisconsin condominiums easier. Specifically, the FHA removed its inconsistent and puzzling opposition to certification of condominiums which have restrictions on rentals. For…
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New Finance Rules Affect Wisconsin Condominiums

Finance certification will take place at the association level – It’s no longer only a buyer-seller issue. New lending rules for condominium buyers took effect Monday, December 7th with a roll-out of additional rules scheduled for February, 2010.  These will have implications for almost all Wisconsin condominiums – at an association level.  Boards of directors: …
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Condo College Announced!

Sign up now to attend our free seminar for Board Members on December 5, 2009! CONDO COLLEGE® FOR BOARD MEMBERS ONLY ·        Hot Clauses: What We Are Writing & What Our Clients Are Talking About ·        Board Directorship: Advanced Studies in How to be a Good Director ·        Rulemaking: Precedent, Enforcement & the 6:00 News…
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The Changing Definition of Family

Condominium associations are changing their definition of "family" to recognize domestic partnerships. On Monday, August 3, 2009, domestic partnership registration began in the State of Wisconsin. Those registered are granted some of the same legal protections as married couples including hospital visitation, inheritance, and medical leave rights. Are they also “family” in your condominium? In…
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A Parliamentary Snippet for Wisconsin Condo Boards.

I came in third in the condo election -- but please don’t count me out yet. Assume that for the election of one member to the Board in the 100-member condominium, Michelle got 45 votes; Jessica got 41 votes; and Jack got 4 votes. Who won the election?  If, as in most (not all) associations,…
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Bill to Amend Condo Law Introduced in State Senate!

If a proposed bill becomes law in Wisconsin, sellers of condo units may be able to provide condominium documents to potential buyers electronically. On March 10, 2010, a bill was introduced in the Wisconsin Senate that may change the condominium law in this state.  The proposed bill would allow condominium unit sellers to provide the…
Read more

New Finance Rules Affect Wisconsin Condominiums

Finance certification will take place at the association level – It’s no longer only a buyer-seller issue. New lending rules for condominium buyers took effect Monday, December 7th with a roll-out of additional rules scheduled for February, 2010.  These will have implications for almost all Wisconsin condominiums – at an association level.  Boards of directors: …
Read more

Condo College Announced!

Sign up now to attend our free seminar for Board Members on December 5, 2009! CONDO COLLEGE® FOR BOARD MEMBERS ONLY ·        Hot Clauses: What We Are Writing & What Our Clients Are Talking About ·        Board Directorship: Advanced Studies in How to be a Good Director ·        Rulemaking: Precedent, Enforcement & the 6:00 News…
Read more

The Changing Definition of Family

Condominium associations are changing their definition of "family" to recognize domestic partnerships. On Monday, August 3, 2009, domestic partnership registration began in the State of Wisconsin. Those registered are granted some of the same legal protections as married couples including hospital visitation, inheritance, and medical leave rights. Are they also “family” in your condominium? In…
Read more

A Parliamentary Snippet for Wisconsin Condo Boards.

I came in third in the condo election -- but please don’t count me out yet. Assume that for the election of one member to the Board in the 100-member condominium, Michelle got 45 votes; Jessica got 41 votes; and Jack got 4 votes. Who won the election?  If, as in most (not all) associations,…
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Just Say Maybe: A good faith approach to fair housing for Wisconsin Condominiums

Courts increasingly recognize the right of condominiums to ask questions before granting special privileges under fair housing laws. Courts are starting to clarify the riddle facing Wisconsin condominium Board members who are asked by members to make accommodations under fair housing laws.  Sometimes, the requester needs the accommodation to make the living experience possible.  Sometimes,…
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Brats on Balconies Barred; Wisconsin Condominiums Must Cope

A Wisconsin Law prohibits the use of grills on many condominium balconies. Does your condo unit have a balcony? Wisconsin’s Fire Prevention Code adopts the standards of the National Fire Protection Association. NFPA 1 prohibits the use of many grills on condominium balconies. Under the NFPA regulations, you cannot use a gas or charcoal grill on…
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Condo College Announced!

Condo College to be held on May 28, 2009  CONDO COLLEGE® FOR BOARD MEMBERS ONLY -  A Few Good Men and Women: How to Get Them on the Board -  Property Loss Insurance: What to Ask, What to Avoid -  Condo Docs for the New Economy: What Buyers and Lenders Need Now -  Legal Update: Cases…
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