|Re: Changes in condo fee if a unit is expanded?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:41:09 -0800 (PST)|
> On Jan 4, 2017, at 3:33 PM, Sue STIGLEMAN <sstigleman [at] bellsouth.net> > wrote: I’ve spent many years of trying to explain our bylaws to residents (Who reads these things?). We have contradictory requirements that are in different sections, sometimes far removed, and people don’t see both of them. The other problem is long sentences that are really paragraphs. I recommend some formatting changes to make this clearer and easier to consult.:The brain fog you save will be your own: —— Of the total yearly Assessment, (1) 56% shall be assessed to the Lots in equal portions; (2) 28% shall be assessed to the Lots proportionately to each House's heated area, as determined by the Board; (3) 8% shall be assessed to the Lots proportionately to the area of the wooden or composite decks, porches, and stairs attached to each House, as determined by the Board; (4) 2% shall be assessed to the Lots proportionately to the area of the concrete patios and stairs attached to each House, as determined by the Board; and (5) 6% shall be assessed to all Lots except for G24, regardless of whether those Lots are being served by the common heat/hot water system, in proportion to the heated square feet served by the system as of the date of recording of this Declaration amendment, as determined by the Board. These assessments are levied on a monthly basis. —— White space makes documents much easier to read. The lawyerly use of run on sentences is probably because of the length of many contracts and shortage of paper in the 19th century. Also putting more white space between lines is easier to read—1.5 times what is standard in word processors. And watch out for “shall"s and “will"s. There are several articles on this on the web. Our linguist says the proper usage is "I will" and "you shall.” Other interpretations attribute compulsory to one or the other. The Plain Language recommendations are now for using “will" consistently because people know what it means, but “shall” works just as well. I think what is more important is that you use one or the other consistently. Ours has “shall" in some places and “will" in others. There was no difference in meaning but the switching seemed to mean something. There was no way to decipher if that was true or not. Bylaws are very important. They put a full stop on certain discussions, for one thing. On and on discussions about what noise restrictions should be are clear in or Bylaws. Unless we want to do an amendment, we don’t need to discuss it at all. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
Changes in condo fee if a unit is expanded? David Heimann, January 4 2017
- Re: Changes in condo fee if a unit is expanded? Sue STIGLEMAN, January 4 2017
- Re: Changes in condo fee if a unit is expanded? Sharon Villines, January 4 2017
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