What’s New at GSL

Listen to GSL’s February 1st Show on WBZ’s Real Estate Radio Boston

  • Featured in the video are GSL Principal Ellen Shapiro’s and Attorney Mary-Joy Howes during their most recent WBZ Real Estate Radio Boston segment in which the two discuss the issue of defamation and the challenges condominium boards and owners are facing.
  • For information about our future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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GSL on WBZ’s Real Estate Radio Boston!

WBZ Ellen & Mary Joy

  • Featured this week on Real Estate Radio Boston are GSL Principal Ellen Shapiro and GSL Attorney Mary-Joy Howes. Listen in as Ellen and Mary-Joy discuss the rising issue of defamation in community associations. Hear what your board or association can do to avoid possible pitfalls.
  • For information about future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Happy Old Year, Happy New Year!

It’s been another great year for us at GSL, and we thank all our valued clients and colleagues for working with us!

As in the past, we were proud this year to take a leadership role in our industry by sponsoring CAI-NE and NE Condominium Expos, hosting seminars, serving on legislative committees in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, tracking new regulations, writing topical blogs and articles, and being expert contributors on prominent radio stations.

Looking back, we thought it would be helpful to review some of last year’s highlights with links to representative blog posts and related articles.  What follows are seasonal spotlights, starting with a piece about the move of our Rhode Island office and ending with a piece on unit owner sales.  In between, we cover everything from collecting unpaid fees…to flying the flag…to dealing with the government shutdown…to assessing your insurance…to legalizing medical marijuana.

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Common Errors in Assessment Collection: Issues with Interest, Fines, Enforcement

Common Errors in Assessment Collection: Issues with Interest, Fines, Enforcement

By Mary-Joy Howes, Esq.

One of the most common and debilitating issues for community associations is dealing with owners who fail to pay their condominium fees. Most associations have their own policies for dealing with assessment collections as it applies to late or otherwise recalcitrant unit owners. These policies, however, do not always comply with The Rhode Island Condominium Act, rendering them ultimately unenforceable. In my experience reviewing thousands of association ledgers over the years, I notice the same common errors being made. A few of those errors include improper calculation of interest, unenforceable fines, and selective enforcement.

How to address these issues is the subject of this article. Why is this so important?  Because failure to correctly pursue a delinquency under the statute can expose the association to liability in an area that otherwise provides a lot of protection.

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GSL’s WPRO Radio Debut!

The following GSL radio ads are played before and after the Real Estate Insiders show on WPRO NewsTalk 630AM/99.7FM, which airs on Sundays at 10AM EST.

The first spot plays during the pre-show commercial break, while the second spot plays during the 11AM news.

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CLICK HERE to listen to the first 60-second spot.

CLICK HERE to listen to the second 60-second spot.

 

 

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GSL on WBZ’s Real Estate Radio Network

  • Featured in the above video is GSL Principals Henry Goodman and Ellen Shapiro’s most recent WBZ radio segment in which basic condominium issues are discussed.
  • On Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8-9 p.m. on WBZ A.M. 1030 Real Estate Radio, we discussed the pros and cons of condominium rental restrictions (whether or not a condo allows units to be rented or occupied by owners), including the impact on mortgages versus the marketability of units, with hosts Rick Scherer & Ali Alavi.
  • For information about our future airings, please stay tuned for updates via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Visit Us At CAI-NE Expo on Oct. 5–Win Laptop!

GET CONNECTED!

Check in at GSL’s CAI-NE Expo Booth for a Chance to Win a New ASUS PC Notebook!
CAI-NE ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2013

 

Who:

  • GSL attorneys will conduct Professional Consultations at their Expo booth and address condominium and related legal issues.
  • Pamela Jonah, Esq. will present a seminar titled “Reasonable Accommodations: Pot-Bellied Pigs, Ramps and Lifts, Common Area Modifications: What’s a Board to Do?”  Attorney Jonah will discuss the changing environment and laws surrounding reasonable accommodations, as well as frequent issues that arise in a condo setting regarding questions of physical and emotional disabilities.*

When:
Saturday, October 5, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where:
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
181 Boston Post Road, West
Marlboro, MA 01752
Directions

GSL Booth:
Exhibitor Booth 11, 8 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Legal Panel:
Reasonable Accommodations with Pamela Jonah: 10:00- 11:00 a.m., location TBA

*We invite you to send questions about your condo challenges in advance to Pam at jonah@goshlaw.com or other GSL attorneys at info@goshlaw.com. We will try to address pertinent issues at our booth and seminar.

Click Here to Register

PLEASE CHECK IN AT GSL’S EXHIBITOR BOOTH BEFORE 1 P.M. TO ENTER OUR DRAWING.

The Conference & Expo is approved for 5 points for CMCA continuing education. All Conference & Expo programs and events are open and free to all registered attendees.

GSL is a proud co-sponsor of this event.

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Flag Flap in Boston Condominium Unfurls High Emotions

EllenBy Ellen A. Shapiro, Esq.

As we approach the anniversary of 9/11, many people are thinking of ways to honor our country and how we stood up to terrorism, including the patriotic symbols displayed by millions to show America’s unified spirit.  Twelve years ago, banners, ribbons, and flags emerged on cars, windows, mail boxes, etc. to proudly display symbols of that spirit—a tradition that continues today.

Unfortunately, back in 2001 many community associations were unprepared to deal with the outpouring of support by their members.  The governing documents of most associations contained architectural integrity clauses designed to preserve the uniform appearance of the condominium’s exterior by prohibiting the installation of signs, banners, and flags to the exterior of units or in common areas; they also prohibited the display of any “decoration” on a window that could be viewed from outside the unit.  Conflicts and confusion arose between the boards that were obligated to enforce the governing documents and the residents who wanted to demonstrate their patriotism. (more…)

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GSL Lets Cats out of the Bag (or Unit!) and Helps Clients Deal with Pet Hoarding

By Mary-Joy Howes, Esq.

Pet hoarding has become an increasingly messy problem for condominium associations.  It is important for associations to understand what their rights and remedies are – and how to enforce them in situations that threaten the well-being of the community’s health, safety, and property.

The following case in point involves cats, but many others have involved dogs: (more…)

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FHA Certification Now Easier for Condominiums

Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC joins the Community Associations Institute (CAI) in applauding a recent decision by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) that will make is easier for more condominiums to be certified by FHA. The decision stipulates that condominiums providing bank-owned properties limited flexibility from transient leasing prohibitions are now eligible for FHA approval. (more…)

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