Post # 1
We live in a horrible condo association and got a letter today saying that if my FH is to be considered a member of the Association, he must be added to the deed.
I have no plans to add him to the deed given that we’ll be moving in the Spring of 2012 which is relatively soon. They asked me if I had plans to change my name, which I am pretty sure isn’t any of their business so long as I keep paying my bills, right?
Anyway – does my FH have to be added to the deed in order to have any property rights? Additionally, our association allows proxy members (i.e. a landlord can give proxy rights to renters if the landlord does not wish to attend a meeting or vote). I don’t see how this is any different.
Post # 3
He does need to be on the deed to have any rights within the HOA. He is not a renter, so the laws pertaining to renters have no bearing on him. The HOA needs to have your legal name for any correspondence, CC & R updates, violations, etc. I don’t understand why you have issue with them asking??? Also, Spring of 2012 is almost a 1 1/2 away, so relatively speaking, it is quite a ways away.
Post # 4
adding him to the deed is unnecessary given he’ll be in Afghanistan most of that year and a half. They have my legal name, but it seems very weird that given the fact that I’ve never seen them ask any other resident about their marital status (including a newly married member of the board as well as a gay couple where one is on the board….I served on the Board and we never did this).
My research shows that adding my FH to my deed is generally a bad idea and can have bad consequences if anything happens to him in Afghanistan or if when filing taxes, it can be considered a gift.
But if I have to add him for him to be allowed to attend Association meetings in my place, my options would be 1) for him to not go or 2) power of attorney and trust me, #1 is a FAR better option for people that live here!
Post # 5
It seems like it wouldn’t matter if he wasn’t attending meetings… Does he need to?
Post # 6
I refuse to go to any and he (rightly so) thinks we need to know what’s going on, especially the medium-term projects that we’ll either have to pay for or disclose when we put the condo on the market (like balcony work and roof repair). His going keeps me from wanting to kick them all in the shins.