Condominium Law

INSURANCE COMPANIES SHOULD REVIEW & REQUIRE REVISION OF CONDOMINIUM DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO POLICY ISSUANCE

INSURANCE COMPANIES SHOULD REVIEW & REQUIRE REVISION OF CONDOMINIUM DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO POLICY ISSUANCE

Condominium documents have become so restrictive of unit owner conduct and overly punitive for non-compliance. Punitive fines can be as high as $1000 for merely moving boxes or a piece of furniture out of a unit without prior approval. Massachusetts case has supported Condo Boards, reinforcing and perpetuating the erosion of unit owner sovereignty over their unit. The result: litigation. Litigation that insurance companies pay for and which can increase the risk of loss to mortgage companies that lend to unit owners. Insurance and mortgage companies should consider reviewing condominium documents for overly restrictive or punitive provisions prior to insuring condo boards or lending to buyers.