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Starting a new condo association in New Hampshire

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Community & Condominium Associations

Starting a new condo association in New Hampshire involves several important steps to ensure that it operates effectively and complies with state regulations. The journey from the initial concept to a fully functional condo association requires careful planning and a clear understanding of the responsibilities involved.

For those considering starting a new condo association, understanding the key components involved is the first step towards building a successful community.

Establish the governing documents

The foundation of a successful condo association lies in its governing documents. These include the declaration of condominium, bylaws, and rules and regulations. The declaration of condominium outlines the property’s legal boundaries. It also details the ownership of common areas.

Bylaws set the guidelines for how the association will be run, detailing the duties of the association, election of the board of directors, and voting rights of the members. Rules and regulations specify what members can and cannot do, which helps to ensure that the community remains a pleasant place for all residents.

Form a board of directors

A condo association needs a board of directors to handle its day-to-day operations. This board typically consists of unit owners elected by the members of the association. The board’s responsibilities include making decisions on the maintenance of the property, managing the association’s finances, and enforcing the condo association’s rules and regulations. It is important that these members are committed and have the community’s best interests at heart.

Plan financially

Financial planning is another aspect of forming a new condo association. This involves creating a budget that covers all expected costs such as maintenance, repairs, and insurance. The association must also set the monthly condo fees for unit owners. These fees should adequately fund the operational costs of the property and provide for a reserve fund for future expenses.

By knowing how to proceed, individuals can lay a strong foundation for a thriving condo community that benefits all members.