Kilnwood on Kanasatka Condominium Unit Association, Inc. v. SmithAnnotate this Case
Petitioner Kilnwood on Kanasatka Condominium Unit Association, Inc. (Association) appealed a superior court's decision that dismissed its petition to change the ownership form of twenty-nine units in a residential subdivision from condominiums to single-family simple lots. In 2010, the Association members considered reforming the Declaration to convert it from a condominium association to single-family homes, but they could not reach the unanimous vote required by the Declaration to do so. Unable to reach an accommodation with the minority members, Perry Smith, Andy and Jill Belliveau, and Rob and Candy Baker, the Association petitioned the superior court to reform the Declaration. The minority members, who are the respondents in this case, cross-petitioned the court to declare that Kilnwood remain a condominium association, and moved to dismiss. The Association argued that the Declaration should have been reformed because it was not intended to create a condominium, but rather a subdivision of single-family residential lots. Finding that the fact that large majority of the Association’s members no longer found it desirable to own their property as condominiums did not alter the underlying contractual requirement contained in the Declaration, that any amendment to “matters . . . adjudicating the ownership interest in common areas” must be approved by unanimous vote. The failure of one local realtor to list the homes for sale in Kilnwood as condominiums was irrelevant to the inquiry into the intent of the Developer when it created Kilnwood as a condominium association or when Association members purchased condominium units within Kilnwood. Accordingly, the Supreme Court affirmed the superior court in dismissing the Association's petition.