In addition to the articles below, there are four videos available for viewing, including an introduction to serving on a board of directors, tips on board and general meetings, what a board needs to know about insurance and reserves in community associations.  Please feel free to link to these videos from your association or management web site, providing new board members with a quick and easy introduction to community association governance.

 

Serving on the Board – Articles from the Web

Boards – General Information

  • Part III of the Breaking Up Series: Leaving the Past Behind You March 23, 2017 n this final installment of my Breaking Up series, I want to talk about what a new board needs to do to get out from under the legacy left behind from an old board, particularly when that legacy is not a positive one.  “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”    Read the article……………
  • How to Improve Condo Association Culture for the Better March 23, 2017 Most people in a HOA or a Condo Association – if they are not indifferent – want to have a better Association. The internet is full of helpful articles and blogs that will help educate you on how to change your Condo and HOA. But there is an unfortunate challenge that faces every homeowner. Education is just one step of the process. If you want to improve Condo Association culture, it takes more than just education. You also need action, ...
  • When Boards Have to Fight for What’s Right (NY) March 22, 2017 Sometimes, co-op and condo boards have to be willing to fight for what’s right. That was certainly the case for Larry Kelter, who got hit with a one-two punch after becoming board president at the Hamlet at Windwatch, a 228-unit homeowners’ association (HOA) in Hauppauge, Long Island.  Just months after becoming president, the 62-year-old novelist was blindsided by the news that a construction company had illegally dumped some 50,000 tons of toxic debris – including asbestos, arsenic, and PCBs – ...
  • Fiduciary Duty and Community Association Board Members March 22, 2017 We frequently talk about the fact that homeowner association board members have a “fiduciary duty” to the members. What exactly is it? Is it spelled out in the law? What sort of actions would violate that duty?  A fiduciary duty arises out of a relationship in which one person or entity is entrusted to make decisions for, and control the interests of, another person or persons.     Read the article…………….
  • Sharing Condo Association Work on a Board March 20, 2017 A Condo Association is a volunteer organization. You know what you’re getting into and how a Condo Board works. Unfortunately, you’ve got different types of Board members who work at different paces. Some are the super type-A’s who work endlessly. Some freeload. Others get frustrated that some freeload and become disengaged. The old saying goes: “Many hands make light work.” The key is you need to find ways for effectively sharing Condo Association work to keep everyone engaged and accountable. ...
  • The Rogue One: Directors Gone Bad March 14, 2017 A condo director unilaterally fires the property manager, hires himself in her place, enters into several other contracts without discussing it with the other directors, bullies the other owners, sues the corporation, and causes thousands of dollars in damages. It seems like an unbelievable plot for a movie, but this one is based on a true story!  Sometimes referred to as a “rogue director” or “condo commando” these directors often make decisions without approval, bully the other owners, and ignore ...

Boards – General Archives

 

Board Meetings

  • All About Executive Sessions for HOA Boards March 24, 2017 Unlike traditional board meetings, executive sessions are held by the HOA board to discuss privileged or confidential material generally tied to disciplinary action or personnel matters. Having a good understanding of when and how to conduct executive sessions can save your HOA considerable time and work in the long run. If you’re not sure what kind of conversations should be reserved for executive sessions, here is helpful guide:   Read the article……………
  • Ahh! Meetings! March 3, 2017 Love them or hate them, meetings are a permanent feature of business. Getting things done in organizations frequently requires bringing together multiple minds, perspectives and experience sets. Complex problems cannot be solved nor innovative opportunities leveraged via emails, knowledge management systems, reports or texting. This type of work demands the melding of minds and ideas — something that meetings are uniquely designed to enable.    Read the article………….
  • HOA Homefront: Unruly meetings or meeting rules (CA) January 25, 2017 Other than the overall condition of the common areas, one of the first opportunities for associations to make a positive impression upon new members is at meetings of the board of directors. Where does a new owner learn how board meetings are conducted? No law requires associations to have meeting rules, but such rules can be extremely helpful to attendees and the board. Much of the rules may be derived from statutes (Civil Code 4900-4955, aka Open Meeting Act) but ...
  • Five Tips to Run a Successful Board Meeting in One Hour or Less January 16, 2017 Board meetings should be meaningful and well-organized affairs. Serving on an association board is voluntary, so the board members involved have a life to live outside of the board. One of the most important things a board can do is hold an effective board meeting to make the best use of time!  When conducting your next board meeting, consider the following tips:   Read the article…………..
  • HOA Homefront: A few minutes about minutes January 14, 2017 Q. Our president has delegated our property manager to run our homeowners meetings and he acts like the board works for him and has to agree with everything he proposes. He gets rude and obnoxious when the board does not agree with him. He takes the minutes, and changes the meetings minutes to show his point of view. I would like to tape the meetings to show what the board actually voted on and not what he wrote in the ...
  • Use These Three Words to Ensure Productive Board Meetings January 12, 2017 You initially joined the Board because you care for your community and have a vision for where you see things headed in the coming years— you want to make a real difference.  But somewhere along the way, things became difficult. Your monthly board meetings have turned into bored meetings, mainly because you can’t seem to get things done. You’re not getting necessary information to make key decisions and your neighbor down the street uses each meeting as a forum for ...

Board Meetings Archives

 

Annual/General Meetings of the Members of a Condominium or Homeowner Association

  • Increase Participation at Annual HOA Meetings March 7, 2017 While members of the association should understand that it is in their own best interest to attend the annual meeting of the members, many do not realize how important these meetings are. Failure to attend annual meetings results in failure to meet quorum, which in turn results in frustration and disappointment for board members – not to mention unnecessary additional costs! Adjourned meetings can result in increased legal fees, extra room rental fees, and increased management fees, in addition to ...
  • Tips for Reaching Quorum at Your Next AGM March 6, 2017 The Annual General Meeting is considered the most important meeting of the entire year for many organizations and this is no different when it comes to Condominium Corporations. Not only is it a legal requirement under the Condominium Act, it is also a forum where Corporations conduct important business. However, despite the importance of the meeting, there are still many disengaged owners, which can make obtaining quorum difficult.    Read the article………….
  • ‘Tis the Season of the Annual Meeting February 24, 2017 Reaching the end of the contentious and hotly contested national election was no doubt a relief for many of us. However, for our community association clients, there is no rest for the weary because late winter and spring is association annual meeting season!     Read the article………..
  • Planning and Conducting a Successful Annual Meeting February 15, 2017 Happy Birthday to your Association!! The annual meeting can be a chance for the current board to shine on the past year’s performance, promote the plans of the community, and answer the myriad of questions that come with being a board member. This is usually the meeting with the most residents in attendance. A statement prepared by the board president giving an overview of the past year can set the stage of welcoming community members to the annual meeting. Annual ...
  • Five Tips for an Effective Annual Condo Association Meeting February 13, 2017 Annual Condo Association meetings are one of the cornerstones of Association life. While monthly Board meetings might draw a handful of people, you usually will see a couple dozen at the annual meetings. Some Boards treat the annual meeting like a “check the box” activity, which is a huge mistake. Instead, your annual Condo Association meeting is an opportunity for Owner engagement and education. It’s a chance to recruit and gather momentum. The key is to structure the meeting so ...

Annual/General Meetings Archives

 

Parliamentary Procedure

  • Running a Darn Good Meeting – What You Need to Know About Parliamentary Procedure October 15, 2015 Legal counsel to community associations must be aware of parliamentary procedure basics. Numerous states have adopted statutes requiring associations to follow a specific parliamentary manual in association meetings. Even without such a mandate, courts generally hold that all organizations are subject to the principles and rules of common parliamentary law. In other words, all of these organizations must observe proper rules when meeting to transact business.   2015 Best Manuscript Award Winner from Community Association Law Seminar:   Select the article on this page……………….  
  • Robert’s Rules of Order Are Not “The Law” For Association Meetings April 1, 2015 Question: Our condominium documents do not specifically mention any parliamentary rules or procedures that are to be used in conducting our meetings. Our president says that the meetings must be conducted pursuant to the “Florida sunshine laws.” Does Florida require that meetings be run pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order, or some other parliamentary procedures?      Read more………..
  • Don’t Let the Rules Get in Your Way March 30, 2015 Robert’s Rules of Order were developed to provide a standard procedure to facilitate orderly meetings of parliamentary organizations. To some, however, Robert’s Rules are a confusing morass of protocols that impede, not promote, a Board’s effectiveness. It’s worth noting that Robert’s Rules of Order are not a creation of the Legislature or part of the common law.    Read more………
  • Does the Chair Vote in the Event of a Tie? February 25, 2015 In board and membership meetings you’ll sometimes hear the phrase that the chair gets to vote “in case of a tie vote.” But is that accurate? In short, no.   Read more………
  • Reader Feedback Q and A (re Robert’s Rules) October 12, 2014 Over the past few weeks I posted about the types of motions under Robert’s Rules of Order. I had several comments and questions about my previous posts so I thought I would take a few moments to respond today.   Read more……..

Parliamentary Procedure Archives

 

Duties & Responsibilities of Board Members

  • Condominium Associations Should List Their Attorney as the Registered Agent March 22, 2017 I am the President of my condominium association. I just found out that the association was sued by a disgruntled owner. Unfortunately, I just recently learned that the association has been “defaulted” in the lawsuit because we failed to answer the lawsuit by the deadline. Apparently the process server served a member of the community who hasn’t been on the board in over five years. This person is apparently still listed as the registered agent for the association, which is ...
  • Fiduciary Duty and Community Association Board Members March 22, 2017 We frequently talk about the fact that homeowner association board members have a “fiduciary duty” to the members. What exactly is it? Is it spelled out in the law? What sort of actions would violate that duty?  A fiduciary duty arises out of a relationship in which one person or entity is entrusted to make decisions for, and control the interests of, another person or persons.     Read the article…………….
  • How Should Boards Handle the Reporting of a Crime? March 15, 2017 A burglar slipped into a Hudson Heights co-op as a shareholder was leaving the building, then proceeded to steal a laundry cart and some packages. The theft was reported to police, but it took the co-op board almost two weeks to notify shareholders, and the notice downplayed the event and failed to give a full accounting of it. What is a board’s responsibility in reporting security breaches and crimes in their building?    Read the article…………….
  • Why Every Condominium and Homeowners Association Should Trademark its Name and Logo February 6, 2017 Over the past decade, the popularity of living in a common interest community, particularly condominium and homeowners associations, has risen significantly. According to recent statistics provided by Community Associations Institute, there are over 340,000 community associations, over 26 million housing units, and over 68 million residents living in these associations in the United States. As these numbers continue to grow, the range of differences between associations grows larger. With so many new associations forming each year, and so many residents ...
  • Duties of Homeowner Association Board of Directors (MN) February 1, 2017 Ok, you have volunteered to serve on the board of your non-profit association. You attend your first board meeting. You start to vote on various issues. What guides you in making your decisions? Under the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act (MCIOA), a board of directors has authority over the affairs of an association and may act on behalf of an association unless otherwise prohibited. Under Minnesota Chapter 317A, the Non-Profit Corporation Act, which governs certain aspects of a common interest ...

Duties & Responsibilities Archives

 

Working With Residents of Community Associations

  • Learning to Be a Condo Association Board Leader March 9, 2017 You know what you’re getting into and you’ve learned how your Board does its work. You’ve probably been frustrated with some things, and wondered why they aren’t better, or why things aren’t done the right way. You have grown, grasshopper. Now it’s time for you to take the next step in your Association: It’s time for you to be a Condo Association Board leader.     Read the article……………
  • Dealing with Difficult Residents February 28, 2017 At some point, every community will face conflict and difficult people. When this occurs, remember that patience and communication always prevail. By managing your reactions, listening and asking the right questions, your community and board will come to a resolution. The first way to deal with conflict is to understand the different types of behavior used by difficult people. Here’s a quick overview:    Read the article………….
  • Strategies for Handling HOA Neighborhood Disputes February 13, 2017 In every community, there comes a time where there might be a neighbor-to-neighbor dispute. Typically, these differences stem from a noise complaint, landscaping violations, parking violations or a misuse of a common area. In every instance, it is the hope of the Association that the neighbors can resolve the conflict themselves, but in some cases, there may be a need for the on-site manager or Board to assist in the dispute. However, there needs to be a determination if this ...
  • Handling Touchy Complaints in Co-Ops and Condos: It’s About Sense and Sensitivity February 2, 2017 Conflict comes hand-in-hand with living in close quarters. Such is the nature of condominium and cooperative living. Some dust-ups between neighbors are settled with a polite conversation, or a mild nudge from the condo or co-op board. Others can get out of hand, and in extreme cases be dragged out for years via the courts.  But what about ostensibly mild discrepancies that involve sensitive topics — things such as sex, smells, parenting — where the line between personal preference and ...
  • Dealing With Difficult People in Your HOA January 10, 2017 Dealing with difficult people in any setting can be a real challenge. But in volunteer-based homeowner associations, where there is none of the leverage managers have with employees, there is an entirely new level of difficulty. And, believe it or not, a new level of opportunity. The key is common interest.  Where we live means a lot more to us than any other physical environment. Our territoriality buttons are more easily pushed. Our investment is greater. We can easily get ...

Working With Residents Archives

 

Administration of Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • In a community association, who’s actually in charge? March 6, 2017 It takes a village to run a community association.  This village typically is composed of an elected board and its officers, unit owners, perhaps a few committees and a hired manager. Each one has roles to play and responsibilities to carry out for the good of the association.  Some roles and responsibilities are defined by governing documents, such as the association’s declaration or the Illinois Condominium Property Act. Others are specified in a management contract, and still others may be ...
  • Condo Smarts: Alteration agreements have been lost over time March 1, 2017 Dear Tony: Our strata corporation is 164 units of mixed-use highrise, townhouse and commercial space. Over the past 15 years, a number of strata lots of all three types have made significant changes to the use of their properties.  Our strata took a pretty casual approach to managing the alterations, with the assumption that each owner would be responsible for their own repairs.  Now, we have issues with changes of windows and balcony enclosures that are causing damage to other ...
  • How to Create The Ultimate Operations Calendar for Your Community February 28, 2017 The start of a new year is about more than just changing the calendar on the wall. It’s an opportunity to strategically plan your community association’s operations calendar for the next year to ensure you complete all necessary tasks and meet all compliance requirements. But where do you even start when it comes to setting a plan? The task can seem overwhelming and certainly a lot to take on if you are a volunteer board member. Here’s how to get ...
  • The Accidental Employee February 23, 2017 Many homeowner associations employ hired help to perform various functions for the association (e.g., management, maintenance, landscaping, bookkeeping, etc.). Associations may also need outside expertise when undertaking special projects or construction work. This help may take the form “contractors” or “consultants” to perform work for the association on a short term or as needed basis. Usually, such outside help is intended by the association to perform work as “independent contractors” rather than actual employees of the association. However, what associations ...

Administration Archives

Directors & Officers of Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • Trio of Recent Decisions on the I v. I Exclusion Should Remind Policyholders to Annually Review the Language in Their Policy to Avoid Losing Coverage March 2, 2017 D&O policies vary quite a bit from carrier to carrier, and language on “standard” exclusions can change from year to year. Accordingly, it is important to do a yearly review of your D&O policy to make sure your company has the right coverage. Three recent federal court decisions interpreting the “insured vs. insured” or “I v. I” exclusion remind us why examining specific policy language and understanding how it may apply to your business is so important.   Read the article………
  • Texas High Court Finds for Insurer in D&O Coverage Dispute March 1, 2017 The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of an insurer in a case that hinged on the applicability of an insured-v.-insured exclusion in the carrier’s directors and officers (D&O) liability policy.  The Court’s action reversed the ruling in Great American Insurance Company v. Robert Primo by the Court of Appeals for the 14th District of Texas in Harris County (14-13-00492-CV, 455 SW3d 714, 12-18-14).  The case grew out of various actions and counter actions by Robert Primo and Briar ...
  • When your homeowner association needs intensive care February 26, 2017 Q. Long story short, the members have all been reluctant to get involved on our board for many years. They are all fine with someone else doing it. Our vice president resigned and then appointed herself “manager.” She paid herself each month as vice president, and upon becoming manager, she gave herself a raise. The association didn’t file 990 forms with the state, and now the HOA’s status as a corporation has been suspended.    Read the article……….
  • Clarifying Board Roles: Who’s On Board? February 13, 2017 Chances are if you’re a resident in a co-op, condo, or HOA community, you’re familiar with your property’s board of directors (or trustees, or managers, depending on what part of the country you live in). Boards are usually made up of volunteers, or members appointed by the community’s initial developer, depending on the property’s age and type. As one might imagine, the stakes are very high. Not only the money, but quite literally the homes of those who call the ...

Directors & Officers Archives

 

Board Ethics

  • Ethics at the condo, Part II February 17, 2017 Ethics is not just a matter of following the law. Slavery and apartheid were at one time legal, but most would agree there were and are unethical. The word “ethics” is derived from the Greek word ethos (character), and from the Latin word mores (customs). It refers to well-founded standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues.  Ethics, for example, refers to those ...
  • Ethics at the condominium association, Part I February 3, 2017 Board members know they are not to run off with the reserve funds. And attorneys know they are to guide boards in the best interests of the association, without fear of angering board members or worrying about whether they will retain a client.  The real trick is identifying other, less clear conflicts, such as sitting on a board and getting hired as a contractor for the association. The key is transparency. Too many times the focus is on the conflict. ...
  • When do you need a Condo Association Code of Conduct? January 12, 2017 Codes of Conduct have been springing up in many private companies. The idea behind them is setting clear expectations of positive and negative behaviors. Those who do not follow the Code of Conduct are disciplined, and thus you have a more harmonious organization. There is some evidence in favor of this, and some evidence against it. It is no surprise that some Boards implement a Condo Association Code of Conduct. The key in determining if you need a Condo Association ...
  • How can we establish a code of ethics for our board of directors?: Condo Law November 12, 2016 Q:  A majority of our directors believe they should be subject to a code of ethics. But not all of them agree. How can we establish a code of ethics without the agreement of all of the directors?   Read the Q&A…………..

Board Ethics Archives

 

President/Vice President

  • One Board President’s On-the-Job Training March 7, 2017 John F. Kennedy said, famously, that there’s no school for presidents. The only way to learn the job is by doing it. The same goes for presidents of co-op and condo boards. Just ask Darren Arithoppah.  Like many of the residents at the 157-unit condominium at 140 East 56th Street in New York City’s upscale Sutton Place neighborhood, Arithoppah is a young working professional. His top reasons for joining the condo board were to bring in a new cable carrier ...
  • Clarifying Board Roles: Who’s On Board? February 13, 2017 Chances are if you’re a resident in a co-op, condo, or HOA community, you’re familiar with your property’s board of directors (or trustees, or managers, depending on what part of the country you live in). Boards are usually made up of volunteers, or members appointed by the community’s initial developer, depending on the property’s age and type. As one might imagine, the stakes are very high. Not only the money, but quite literally the homes of those who call the ...
  • So You Want to be President of Your HOA? June 17, 2016 Tired of feeling like you have no say in the decisions about the common areas or rules and regulations of your neighborhood or condominium development? Thinking of serving as president of your homeowners’ association?  Before you take the big leap, it pays to know what you’re getting into.     Read the article………….
  • How to Improve Leadership Style February 23, 2016 The greatest leaders throughout time have had something in common: they inspired people. To be a good leader, you don’t want to make people follow you. Instead, you want to make them want to follow you. If you’re looking to boost your leadership style, these five tips can help.   Read the article………

President/Vice President Archives

 

Secretary

  • Clarifying Board Roles: Who’s On Board? February 13, 2017 Chances are if you’re a resident in a co-op, condo, or HOA community, you’re familiar with your property’s board of directors (or trustees, or managers, depending on what part of the country you live in). Boards are usually made up of volunteers, or members appointed by the community’s initial developer, depending on the property’s age and type. As one might imagine, the stakes are very high. Not only the money, but quite literally the homes of those who call the ...
  • HOA Homefront: A few minutes about minutes January 14, 2017 Q. Our president has delegated our property manager to run our homeowners meetings and he acts like the board works for him and has to agree with everything he proposes. He gets rude and obnoxious when the board does not agree with him. He takes the minutes, and changes the meetings minutes to show his point of view. I would like to tape the meetings to show what the board actually voted on and not what he wrote in the ...
  • Being Secretary of the Association Carries Significant Responsibilities November 28, 2016 Questions often arise about the duties of the secretary in taking and producing minutes of meetings and providing association records to members. The primary functions of the Secretary are to produce minutes of meetings and maintain the records of the association. The secretary must produce a draft of the minutes for approval, and then finalize them with any changes upon once they are approved at the next meeting. Records to be maintained include all of the minutes, any resolutions adopted ...
  • Five Roles of the Board Secretary January 13, 2016 Maintaining records and meeting legal and financial obligations is key to a successful association. And the person responsible for this is your Board Secretary.   Read the article…………….

Secretary Archives

 

Treasurer

  • Clarifying Board Roles: Who’s On Board? February 13, 2017 Chances are if you’re a resident in a co-op, condo, or HOA community, you’re familiar with your property’s board of directors (or trustees, or managers, depending on what part of the country you live in). Boards are usually made up of volunteers, or members appointed by the community’s initial developer, depending on the property’s age and type. As one might imagine, the stakes are very high. Not only the money, but quite literally the homes of those who call the ...
  • Community Associations Countdown to Year-End! December 5, 2016 The end of the year is approaching and before long we will be setting New Year’s resolutions for 2017. But before that new beginning, we need to wrap up 2016. For those associations whose year-end is December 31st there are financial and tax items that need to be addressed by the board and/or management. Let’s count down the top 10:    Read the article…………..
  • The Importance of Being Treasurer October 11, 2016 Taming the annual budget is just the beginning of this crucial job.  To do this job, you don’t need to be a certified public accountant, or a math whiz. “To be a good board treasurer, you need somebody who’s got the time and the interest to dive into the building’s financial issues,” says Howard Lazarus, managing director at Tudor Realty.  A treasurer must play many roles – as financial watchdog, as the board’s second set of eyes, ...
  • Know your Duty as HOA Treasurer: 6 helpful tips July 30, 2016 Your HOA board is responsible for many important decisions, but one of the most important responsibilities is maintaining the financial health of the association. Although each board member needs to participate in sound financial decision-making, no one is more responsible than the HOA treasurer. It is the treasure’s responsibility to protect the association’s assets, and while these duties and the authority to exercise them are detailed in the HOA’s governing documents and state law, it can still feel like an ...

Treasurer Archives

 

Committees

  • Can HOA committee members be compensated? (NC) March 22, 2017 Q: I am the chairperson for the social committee of my homeowners association (HOA). Our bylaws state that the HOA compensates committee chair positions by waiving their annual HOA assessments, after serving a full year on the committee. The members of the board of directors are not compensated. We have a new board that was elected in 2016, and they want to change the bylaws so committee chairpersons only receive a gift card for their service.     Read the Q&A…………..
  • What Roles Do Owners, Boards And Committees Play Within Community Associations? January 26, 2017 There are various opinions on the role of community and condominium associations. But, generally speaking, the main purpose and authority of the association are to maintain common elements and ensure compliance with the association’s governing documents.   Property owner associations typically operate with three bodies of community governance:    Read the article…………..
  • How to Hold a Condo Association Hearing January 23, 2017 Once you’ve prepared for a Condo Association hearing, you’ll have done all of the necessary legwork to minimize conflict and maximize the outcome. While preparation makes things easier, you will still need to go through with the hearing itself. These tips will help you hold a Condo Association hearing in the most effective way possible.    Read the article………..
  • How to Prepare for a Condo Association Hearing January 5, 2017 Hearings are a necessary evil for any large Association. Condo Associations create rules – sometimes lots of them. Generally, a cease and desist deters most Owners from breaking the rules. Every now and then, however, you need to hold a formal hearing. This usually occurs when you have to issue a fine because an Owner has refused to follow the cease and desist. The first step in being successful with this process is to make sure you prepare for a ...

Committees Archives

 

General

  • Part III of the Breaking Up Series: Leaving the Past Behind You March 23, 2017 n this final installment of my Breaking Up series, I want to talk about what a new board needs to do to get out from under the legacy left behind from an old board, particularly when that legacy is not a positive one.  “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”    Read the article……………
  • How to Improve Condo Association Culture for the Better March 23, 2017 Most people in a HOA or a Condo Association – if they are not indifferent – want to have a better Association. The internet is full of helpful articles and blogs that will help educate you on how to change your Condo and HOA. But there is an unfortunate challenge that faces every homeowner. Education is just one step of the process. If you want to improve Condo Association culture, it takes more than just education. You also need action, ...
  • When Boards Have to Fight for What’s Right (NY) March 22, 2017 Sometimes, co-op and condo boards have to be willing to fight for what’s right. That was certainly the case for Larry Kelter, who got hit with a one-two punch after becoming board president at the Hamlet at Windwatch, a 228-unit homeowners’ association (HOA) in Hauppauge, Long Island.  Just months after becoming president, the 62-year-old novelist was blindsided by the news that a construction company had illegally dumped some 50,000 tons of toxic debris – including asbestos, arsenic, and PCBs – ...
  • Fiduciary Duty and Community Association Board Members March 22, 2017 We frequently talk about the fact that homeowner association board members have a “fiduciary duty” to the members. What exactly is it? Is it spelled out in the law? What sort of actions would violate that duty?  A fiduciary duty arises out of a relationship in which one person or entity is entrusted to make decisions for, and control the interests of, another person or persons.     Read the article…………….

General Board Articles Archives