Subject: Summary of QL Town Hall meeting, May 2, 2023
- We will provide a list of contactors who have agree to this scope of work.
- Unit owners may hire from the list if they wish.
- Unit owners are not limited to these vendors, as long as the contractor selected provides a copy of their current contractor’s license and proof of Insurance in order to work at Queen’s Landing.
- Some vendors have already offered group rates and discounts on service and equipment, as well as payment plans.
What’s included in the inspection and how will it be enforced?
- We will provide a checklist of the minimum required items to be addressed/inspected by the service provider.
- The Association checklists mirror the typical regular inspections that many unit owners already engage.
- The inspection, replacement monitoring and verification will be done exactly like the dryer vent program, through the unit owner file and violation process.
Why replace a perfectly good hot water heater while it’s working just fine?
- According to the Community Association Underwriters Inc., storage water heaters have an expected life span between five and ten years. That is why it is strongly recommended to condo associations to enact a program to replace heaters before their life expectancy.
- The ten-year replacement clause is consistent with neighboring associations, which utilize Kent Island water.
Can you accommodate households that don’t use a system, such as a clothes dryer?
- We cannot monitor usage, so the same rule needs to apply in order to be fair to all.
- Unit owners can certainly remove a clothes dryer they do not use, which would eliminate the need for a dryer vent cleaning. The same could apply to a fireplace.
I have my system inspected twice a year, does that count?
- Yes certainly, as long as the contractor is licensed and insured, and completes the checklist provided by the Association.
- The checklist mirrors what most contractors already use.
What will this cost us?
- Cost will vary depending on the configuration of the unit, for example:
- Complexity of the dryer vent duct configuration,
- Whether or not you have a fireplace or a fire suppression sprinkler system.
- Some vendors have offered group rates and discounts on service and equipment, as well as payment plans.
Tell us again why we need to move in this direction?
- Over the last seven years, Queens Landing has incurred about $400,000 of unit repair costs for fire and water damage. (This does not include poly pipe issues.)
- It is likely most of these issues could have been prevented by the changes we are proposing.
Why can’t we have at least one parking space assigned per unit?
- The Queen’s Landing Declaration does not give the Board or Association the right to assign parking.
- Absent specific language to the contrary, we are not allowed to give preferential or disparate treatment in the use of the Common Elements.
- Perhaps some building neighbors could informally come to agreement on how to more fairly allocate parking.