Felony record may hinder purchase
Q: I am considering buying a condominium in a 55+ association. Will my having a previous felony conviction prevent me from being able to buy a unit? Who makes these decisions and what are the parameters as to which previous legal problems are forgiven and which are not? Do I have any legal recourse if I am refused? G.M. Answer: Your first step is to seek legal advice. Many associations have screening committees that review rentals and new purchases. Some have very strict screening policies. Some will accept new residents if they have only one conviction and have several years of clean living. If you have had other trouble or if you were a sexual offender, I have no suggestion to help. That record will remain a black mark. One thing I recommend is not to lie or present false information. Engage a real estate agent to help, and have the agent contact the board or screening committee and get their feeling on your conviction. You may want to talk to an attorney to see whether you can have your record expunged.
Richard White is a licensed community association manager. He does not offer legal opinions; any other questions and comments concerning association operations can be sent to Richard White, 6039 Cypress Gardens Blvd., No. 201, Winter Haven FL 33884-4115; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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