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Condo in MA: can a 6d certificate be signed if only a majority (not unanimous) of the Trust states we're financially clear?

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Condo docs say Trust must act on its powers with unanimous agreement among Trustees. MGL chapter 183a section 6 says Trust can file a lien if Owner defaults on any payment. The majority of the Trust says we're not in default of any payment. A minority says we are in default and that the Trust cannot sign a section 6d certificate when we sell because there has to be unanimous agreement. It seems to me that MGL prevails in this case. Is this right? Based on MGL, must the Trust sign the 6d certificate when we sell our condo because the majority of the Trust says we're financially clear?

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Filed under: Lien Real estate
Attorney answers 1


The 6d certificate is intended to protect potential buyers and their lenders from superior liens in the event of a legal action by the condominium trust. Without this certificate in hand you will have great difficulty convincing any even minimally knowledgeable buyer to proceed with the sale. Your condominium documents call for a unanimous vote of the trustees, this would ordinarily supercede the MGL (and the trust should so state). You do not mention the debt that the trustees are referring to. If it is an invalid debt or fictitious or they are acting out of malice you might threaten or pursue equitable remedies by going to court and compelling them to declare the reason for their withholding of consent. I sense that there is more to the is story and you should inquire deeper as to the trustees that are not consenting to better understand their motivation.