UT Reader Asks: What Should I Expect From a Condo Association of Two?

  • May 30th 2012

by Shilpi Paul

UT Reader Asks: What Should I Expect From a Condo Association of Two?: Figure 1
The kitchen of the condo in question.

In this installment of UrbanTurf Reader Asks, a potential buyer is tempted by a seemingly perfect condo, but has reservations about joining an extremely small homeowner's association.

"My husband and I were UrbanTurf readers when we lived in DC, but now live in San Francisco and are thinking of making on offer on a two-bedroom condo in a house that contains two units. The location is perfect for us, and it has everything we want, like a giant laundry room that could be turned into a second bathroom easily. It's well-maintained and cute.

So, here's the big reservation: it's a two-unit building, so we'll be joining a very small homeowner's association. We haven't met the other owner yet, but it seems like it could be a complicated relationship to have with a random stranger. We want to meet and learn more about her, but won't be able to until after we are under contract. We can look and see if the property has ample reserves, but beyond that, it is hard to know how large repairs, etc. are handled. Will we have trouble creating that second bathroom?

Have any UrbanTurf readers been in this situation? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences, positive or negative."

Post your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. If you would like to submit a question for UrbanTurf Reader Asks, send an email to editor2012@urbanturf.com.

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