Condo and Condon’t; What I’ve Learned As a Condo Association Board Member

… and how it pertains to real life.

  1. You are part of a community, like it or not, big or small, populated or wooded, and you can either be a good part or a bad part.
  2. Paying your dues to the association is part of being in the association’s budget so that your neighbor’s fence gets repaired with some of your money, and your backed-up sewer line gets fixed and your floors replaced with some of my money when the poop hits the Pergo. 
  3. Everybody wants a package of comfort that is packed with varying sizes of the same items: Security, Financial Stability, Quiet Hours, Nice Neighbors, Cleanliness, Rules.
  4. Not everybody, in fact, most people, won’t do much to reinforce or model that behavior.
  5. There is always, always, always a neighbor who everybody thinks is crazy and is probably legally crazy, but they always think everybody else is crazy.
  6. I wish the people of the association were all doing so greatly that there were no issues financially or physically to deal with, but that will never ever be the case.
  7. The amount of work to be done is inverse to the amount of money to pay for that work. 
  8. The priority of the work is perceived by whomever needs their walls to stop leaking.
  9. The priority of the work is determined by whomever holds the checkbook. 
  10. Never never never ever buy a condominium older than 10 years. 
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About Geoff Lott

Geoff Lott is a "thinking person's comedian" as much as a "drinking person's comedian." Born and raised near Seattle, his writing and comedy is Cloudy with a Chance of Hope. Less offensive than your average nightly news program, Geoff is opinionated with intent, and a rebel without a clause. A comedian, actor, dad, husband, co-worker, weirdo, and great friend, Geoff Lott has a sense of humor like a sommelier's sense of smell; aged well, with a hint of dark chocolate, Irish whiskey, and leather. Credits and press kit available upon request!
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