June 23, 2024 at 2:14 am

Rude Condo Neighbor Made Other Tenants Miserable, So A Couple Takes Malicious Action To Get Her To Move Out

by Matthew Gilligan

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Man, talk about entitled…

All I can say is that there are a lot of folks out there that fit that description and sometimes you have to put them in their place.

Take a look at what went down in this Reddit story. We think you’ll be impressed!

Neighbor in condo association acts like a jerk and we get her to move away.

“I live in a city in the North East in a relatively small condo association (6 units).

It’s surrounded by new construction, but this particular building is a very old 1850s mansion that was converted into condos back in the 1980s.

Because of this every unit is totally unique with different square footage and layouts (important later).

The jerk neighbor, let’s call her Monica, was the daughter of the owner. She’s also a has-been politician who was a former mayor of a small city in the state who lost re-election almost 10 years ago.

Give it a rest!

But she mentions this ALL THE TIME, in emails, in casual conversation, “my former time as mayor”, “I’m very connected in the state as you know”, and on and on.

Another neighbor, let’s call her Rachel, decided to sell her unit. As part of this process she made improvements on it and had contractors frequently.

We have a back hallway that is required for contractors to access units, and a painter had left some minor things on the first floor as he was working.

How rude!

Jerk Monica apparently did have some connections because without asking my neighbor or talking to the contractor she managed to get a city inspector to come right over who immediately fined the contractor for “impeding access” in the hallway despite it being a small number of supplies.

The contractor was so mad he said he would never do another job in this building – very annoying as trusted contractors are hard to find. Monica did this because she likes to flex and is a jerk.

Well, I spoke to Rachel before listing and I offered to buy it from her direct. We agreed on a price and avoided real estate agent fees, plus she just wanted a simple transaction as she already had a new house. I acquire the unit and start renting it out.

Then another neighbor, Phoebe, wants to sell. The real estate agent emails all the owners in the building and tells us about the open house.


Well it turns out Monica wasn’t contacted (because she’s not an owner) and because of this takes it upon herself to report the real estate agent to the state board for discrimination because Monica is black.

Cue the real estate agent calling me in a panic, asking me to vouch for her in a disciplinary review (which I oblige). Absolutely insane behavior.

The unit sells over the asking price. Everything is great as it’s boosting the value of our units and the building. However the buyer is insisting that the condo board signs off that all HOA fees are paid with a form that’s submitted to the registry of deeds, which requires a valid condo board.

Since Rachel moved out, there is no condo board. We have been derelict in our duties – we haven’t had an association meeting in years not a single valid trustee since Rachel moved away.

Look at this!

I read the condo docs with a magnifying glass over and over. It turns out with my two units, my wife and myself can each represent 1 unit and have 52% of the voting power because our two units have 52% of the total square footage (ours are each 3br while the rest are two 2br and two 1br).

We have just slightly the max footage of the building and the majority “beneficial interest” which effectively gives us full say over the building.

As the sale process is happening, Monica’s mother passes away from cancer, which she had been fighting for years. Monica now becomes an owner as she inherits the unit.

In order to be elected to the condo board you need the majority of beneficial interest and at least 3 units to vote for you. We have 52% of the beneficial interest but only 2 units. Therefore 1 more unit has to agree.

I get the owner who’s selling and moving away to agree to vote for myself and my wife, and I vote for them in return. That gives quorum. We sign off on the condo fees, and then the seller resigns from the board promptly. Now only my wife and I are trustees.

This was getting good…

According to strict reading of the condo docs, my wife and I now have de facto control of the board, and never have to have another election, because with beneficial interest 52% we never have to approve anyone else, and even if everyone else votes, they can only get a maximum of 48%.

In this situation the remaining trustees can be the trustees indefinitely if there can not be quorum achieved.

Monica throughout everything has been protesting aggressively, accusing us of racism (despite my wife and I being Vietnamese), and sending legal threats. My lawyer has been countering everything and there is no issue.

Monica has now decided to sell and move away. It turns out she inherited $15,000 in unpaid condo dues that no one bothered to collect (because we had no board and were disorganized) that she will have to pay in order to get approval to sell.

Payback is a *****.

Furthermore all of her contractors doing work on the inherited unit have had to park far away because my wife and I have been VERY STRICT about hallways and driveway parking of vehicles impeding access which is absolutely no allowed.

We even got a van towed who was doing work on her unit because it “impeded access”. The tow truck works for the condo association rather than the city so we could approve is as the trustees.

If Monica hadn’t been such a total jerk we would have been totally reasonable about everything. But once she started bringing lawyers and inspectors and playing the racism angle everything became war for us. And she lost.”

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Revenge can be so wonderful…

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