Over the years Americans have been told that involuntary membership residential associations protected values. People believed it and were willing to give up rights they normally had in exchange for the promise of higher values. Gradually associations controlled more and more aspects of the units. Is there a line that should not be crossed or will associations be allowed to control every aspect of an owner’s life?
Joining us On The Commons this week is Stephen Marcus. Steve is an attorney in Massachusetts who represents condominiums. On his firm’s web page there is a write up of a Maine Supreme Court decision about a condo’s smoking ban in private units. I wondered if there was a line associations wouldn’t cross so I asked Steve to join us and talk about it. Tune in to hear what he has to say and where my question led us.