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>> read the minutes of Board meetings going back at least six months.

I've been reading the minutes of the Board meetings

I cannot attend the meetings until I own the condo.

>> Check with the HOA to see if the dues have been paid, and whether any assessments are dues or are scheduled to be collected.

In a 50 year old condo, the Condo Association ought to have substantial reserves on deposit to replace plumbing, wiring roofs, windows and such. There should be a report by an engineering company which details the useful life of such parts of the complex, their remaining useful life, the cost of replacement and how much should be charged in reserves so that these upcoming expenses can be met without charging current owners for services previous owners received for decades but didn't pay for.

I've been reading a report of what they fixed in 2013 - to the present and how much the Association has in reserves for each type of expense category (which there were repairs or not).

It is my present apt complex that is over 50 years old, the condo complex is 41 years old (but the same things to look for still apply).

Thanks for you post, SP.

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