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MASSACHUSETTS

Disclosure Uncertainty

To Tell or Not to Tell
[by Dean Lennon, Esq.]

As I write this, we are smack dab
in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offices are closed across the
Commonwealth, with employees
working from home. I am squirreled
away in my basement office while
I hear my kids scamper around
above me. By the time you read this,
my hope is that the worst of the
pandemic is behind us and the issue
below is not on the front burner.
But the lessons from this article are
hopefully germane to other events
that could affect a condo in the

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future; hopefully just not as profoundly as a global pandemic.
One of the most hotly contested
issues of the pandemic has been
what, if anything, to disclose to
owners when a resident contracts
the coronavirus. There are compelling arguments on each side, which
I'll explore below.
THE CASE FOR
FULL DISCLOSURE
Mr. Smith lives in an urban condominium with three towers. There

are common entrances to the building and common elevators which
are used by dozens of residents.
Management has sent out an alert
that someone in the building has
contracted COVID-19 and is currently hospitalized. Mr. Smith is
75 years old with a heart condition;
as such, he is justifiably concerned
that he has been in contact with the
sick resident or has been in contact
with something the sick resident
has touched. He calls the manager
but she informs him that privacy



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