Giving Thanks for a Superior Decision: An Appealing Outcome for Condo Associations

By Merle Hass, Esq.

We recently won a significant victory in the Appeals Court, Single Justice Session. We had filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court, challenging the behavior of a unit owner who refused to give the board access to his unit, after the unit and the common area were damaged as the result of water seepage from a burst valve. Our Verified Complaint alleged three counts for relief: declaratory judgment, intentional interference with contractual relations with our insurer, and a request for an injunction. (more…)

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Banker & Tradesman

Monday, November 5, 2012

Diving In
Disabled Seniors Deserve Condo-Living Rights

Retrofitting Swimming Pools Should Be Part Of On-Going Planning

By Frank A. Lombardi

Seniors today are living longer than ever before, and technological advances are improving their quality of life, even if they have disabilities.  Seniors are now also more educated and active than ever before. They typically know how the system works, and they advocate for laws to protect their way of life and address their disabilities, wherever they live.

Millions of seniors have chosen the condominium form of living, and this increasingly large segment of the housing market poses special challenges to developers, association boards, project managers, bankers, brokers and lawyers.  This is particularly the case when it comes to working with disabled seniors, who recognize their rights and want to continue to enjoy their favorite activities, including having year-round access to pools.   (more…)

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Beware the Dog Days of November: New Legislation Changes Animal Regulation Control

By Merle Hass, Esq.

The dog days of summer are gone, but new legislation regarding canines needs to be addressed this fall and beyond.

On August 2, 2012 Gov. Patrick signed into law “An Act Further Regulating Animal Control.” The new law makes changes to many animal control laws and creates new provisions and protections. The bill, which had the support of The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as well as the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, went into effect October 31, 2012. (more…)

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