What’s New at GSL

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!


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



  • 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.*

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

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

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


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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Henry A. Goodman Recognized by CAI: National Distinctions and Contributions

CAI National Distinctions and Contributions:
Local Chapter Members Recognized

Henry A. Goodman, Esq.
Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC

CCAL Education Committee (more…)

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GSL Relocates Rhode Island Office, Expands Operations

Goodman, Shapiro & Lombardi, LLC has relocated its Rhode Island office to 14 Breakneck Hill Road, Suite 203, Lincoln, RI, 02865.  The firm was formerly located at 395 Smith St. in Providence, RI.

GSL’s Rhode Island branch, which serves hundreds of condominium associations, is expanding its services to assist real estate clients, including realtors and lendors, in securing loans and writing closing documents. (more…)

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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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CAI-NE Annual Conference and Expo 2012

For free registration to the Expo, please click here. 

Tune in to GSL’s featured speakers: Ellen A. Shapiro, Esq. and Pamela Jonah, Esq. Attorney Shapiro and other industry professionals will discuss Self-Managed Associations. Attorney Jonah and others will lead a Q&A Legal Panel.

October 27, 8 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (more…)

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Update on Foreclosure Prevention Law: A Public Service Announcement to Association Board Members and Managers

You may soon be hearing about a new law, passed in August, that is sometimes referred to as the Foreclosure Prevention Law.  The Banking Commissioner is charged with establishing rules and regulations for compliance with this law, which is designed to prevent or forestall home foreclosures on risky loans.


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