May 27 2008

Condominium Association Management

Published by Carolyn Thompson at 8:31 pm under Bethesda Condos

Okay, I knew very little about condominum associations when I purchased one of my properties a few years ago.  I assumed that since the local government oversaw the legal aspects that the association board was more a garden club.  Okay, maybe I thought that they worked with the management company to oversee contractors, but I did think that the majority of the work was done outsid the board.

Silly me.  I don’t want to mention the name of the association, as there are still friends there that are looking to sell their properties in the near future. I would like to list these properties.

 This particular association removed the trees which created my perfect wooded view outside my kitchen and bedroom windows.  In fact, they removed about 25 mature trees from all over the community.  These trees were not a hazard they were not diseased.  I asked them who recommended that they take the trees down and they said that tree company that removed them.

Did it ever occur to the conodominium association board to get an independent opinion?  Montgomery County Extension Agency would have done it at no cost.

 Well, it was at this point that I discovered that the board was not managing the site very well. 

I am in the process of writing a paper on how to determine the health of a condominum association.  It will be a must for anyone even considering the purchase of a condomimum, regardless of whether it is in Bethesda, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Potomac or Virginia.  A Bethesda condominum can have just as much management trouble as a Rockville condominium.

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