2015 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
703. Condominiums.
703.365 Small condominiums.

WI Stat § 703.365 (2015) What's This?

703.365 Small condominiums.

703.365(1)(1) Applicability.

703.365(1)(a)(a) The declaration for a small condominium may provide that any or all of subs. (2) to (8) or any parts of those subsections apply to the small condominium.

703.365(1)(b) (b) If a declaration under par. (a) provides that any or all of subs. (2) to (8) or any parts of those subsections apply, then, except as provided in those subsections or parts of those subsections, this chapter applies to the small condominium in the same manner and to the same extent as to other condominiums.

703.365(2) (2)Declaration.

703.365(2)(a)(a) The declaration for a small condominium need not contain those provisions otherwise required under s. 703.09 (1) (e) to (g) and (i).

703.365(2)(b) (b) The undivided percentage interest in a small condominium is allocated equally among the units.

703.365(2)(c) (c) Each unit in a small condominium has one vote at meetings of the association.

703.365(2)(d) (d) Commercial activity is permitted in a small condominium that consists solely of units restricted to residential uses only to the extent that commercial activity is permitted in residences in a zoning ordinance adopted under s. 59.69, 60.61, 61.35, or 62.23.

703.365(2)(e) (e) All actions taken under this chapter that require a vote of units or unit owners must be approved by an affirmative vote or written consent of at least 75% of the unit votes of a small condominium, or a greater percentage if required by the declaration or this chapter.

703.365(3) (3)Bylaws.

703.365(3)(a)(a) Notwithstanding s. 703.10 (2) (a), all aspects of the management, operation, and duties of the association of a small condominium shall be delegated to the board of directors, which may retain a manager, including a master association under s. 703.155, for the small condominium, and the bylaws shall so specify.

703.365(3)(b) (b) Under s. 703.10 (2) (c), notice of meetings shall be given in a manner best calculated to assure that actual notice is received by the owners of all units of a small condominium, and the bylaws shall so specify.

703.365(3)(c) (c) Section 703.10 (2) (d) does not apply to a small condominium. The board of directors shall be composed of one representative from each unit, chosen by and from among the unit owners of that unit.

703.365(3)(d) (d) All actions taken by the board of directors of a small condominium under this chapter must be approved by an affirmative vote or written consent of at least 75% of the board.

703.365(3)(e) (e) Section 703.10 (4) does not apply to a small condominium.

703.365(3m) (3m)Agreement in lieu of bylaws. If approved by written consent of all of the unit votes of a small condominium, an agreement may be substituted for the bylaws under sub. (3). The terms of the agreement shall include the requirements of sub. (3) (a) to (d) and shall be consistent with this section. An amendment to an agreement may be made with the affirmative vote or written consent of all the unit votes of the small condominium.

703.365(4) (4)Condominium plat.

703.365(4)(a)(a) The survey under s. 703.11 (2) (b) shall be an as-built survey of the property described in the declaration, building, and other improvements on the land that are part of the small condominium.

703.365(4)(b) (b) The floor plans under s. 703.11 (2) (c) need only show the location and designation of each unit in the building and the limited common elements appurtenant to each unit of a small condominium. These plans may be supplemented by an agreement among all unit owners and mortgagees regarding the allocation of use and enjoyment of common elements, which agreement, in both its original and any amended form, shall be recorded.

703.365(5) (5)Association.

703.365(5)(a)(a) Under s. 703.15 (2), an association shall exist immediately upon establishment of a small condominium and the declarant shall have rights in the association only as an owner of a unit or units.

703.365(5)(b) (b) Directors of a small condominium shall be chosen in accordance with sub. (3) (c). The board of directors shall meet at least quarterly.

703.365(5)(c) (c) Unless included in the bylaws, s. 703.15 (4) (b) to (d) does not apply to a small condominium.

703.365(6) (6)Expenses; maintenance; operation.

703.365(6)(a)(a) Paragraphs (b) to (e) apply to a small condominium if any of the following criteria is met:

703.365(6)(a)1. 1. A proposed expenditure or action for the repair, maintenance or upkeep of the property, or for the operation of the property, is not approved by the board of directors and any unit owner believes the expenditure or action is necessary for the safety and proper use of the property or of the owner's unit.

703.365(6)(a)2. 2. An expenditure or action is approved by the board of directors and any unit owner believes the expenditure or action is contrary to the safety and proper use of the property or the owner's unit.

703.365(6)(b) (b) The unit owner or owners challenging a decision of the board of directors described under par. (a) 1. or 2. shall give written notice of the objection to all unit owners and mortgagees within 45 days after the decision but before any action is taken or expenditure is made. Upon receipt of this notice, the board of directors shall reconsider its decision and either affirm, reverse or modify the decision.

703.365(6)(c) (c) The unit owner or owners may challenge the decision after reconsideration by the board of directors under par. (b) only in an arbitration proceeding under ch. 788. Acceptance of a conveyance of a small condominium that is subject to pars. (b) to (e) is deemed to constitute an agreement by the unit owner to submit challenges to decisions of the board of directors to arbitration.

703.365(6)(d) (d) The board of directors, upon submission of the matter to arbitration as provided in par. (c), shall name a proposed arbitrator. The unit owner or owners may accept the proposed arbitrator or propose a different arbitrator. If there is no agreement on a single arbitrator, the 2 arbitrators shall select a 3rd person and the 3 shall serve as an arbitration panel chaired by the 3rd person. The expense of the arbitration shall be shared equally by the association and the unit owner or owners challenging the decision of the board of directors.

703.365(6)(e) (e) The arbitration award by the arbitration panel under par. (d) shall permit or prohibit the decision and the decision shall not be implemented, if it is an affirmative action, until the award is final unless there is a bona fide emergency requiring it.

703.365(7) (7)Expanding condominiums. Section 703.26 does not apply to a small condominium.

703.365(8) (8)Disclosure requirements. The disclosure required for a small condominium under s. 703.33 is limited to the disclosure required under s. 703.33 (1) (a) to (e), if applicable, and a copy of the condominium plat.

History: 1985 a. 188, 332; 1995 a. 201; 2003 a. 283.

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