Creating A New Code Of Conduct – When Is It A Good Time?

It has always been the obligation of Board members to serve for the benefit of the entire community. Doing so requires that they carry out their duties in good faith with the care of ordinarily prudent people. To safeguard and

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Condominiums and Conflicts of Interest: How to interpret the rebuttable presumption (FL)

The legislature recently amended Chapter 718 of the Florida Statues, relating to condominiums, to create a rebuttable presumption that a conflict of interest exist in certain situations.[1] A conflict of interest is a real or seeming incompatibility between one’s private

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Kickbacks: Don’t get accused of taking them (FL)

Despite all the great work done by volunteer condo and HOA board members, the actions of a few bad apples have resulted in law changes that could label a casual lunch meeting an illegal kickback!  Board Members (and Managers) cannot

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Creating an HOA Board Member Code of Ethics

As you create your HOA board, your goal is to create a solid platform for providing the best possible living experience for all of the members of your community. Unfortunately, there will be times when there is conflict within the

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When Differences turn into Dysfunction: Why Your Board of Directors Needs a Code of Conduct

The role of board members in a community association is fairly straightforward: keep informed on the association’s business operations; be familiar with and come prepared to discuss the agenda items for upcoming board meetings; encourage and participate in constructive, businesslike

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A Board Code of Conduct – Good Idea or Bad Idea?

I am often asked whether a board member code of conduct is a good idea or a bad idea. It really depends… Some boards need a code of conduct to clarify appropriate and not appropriate conduct by board members. Other

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Ethics at the condo, Part 1

Ethics in condominium associations may seem like an odd topic, but ethics should pervade every part of our lives, personally, professionally and at condo associations, and not knowing of some of the ethical issues can lead to problems. There will

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Can HOA board members be required to sign a Code of Conduct?

Q: Our HOA board has developed a code of conduct policy for board members. It specifically states that board members who violate it can be removed. Our bylaws include a specific process for removal of board members, based on a

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Avoiding Conflicts of Interest as an HOA Board Member

When you’re an HOA board member, you hold a great deal of responsibility for your association in your hands. You want to be sure that you’re handling that responsibility correctly–and avoiding conflicts of interest is one of the key ways

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HOA Homefront: Being a volunteer means no profiteering (CA)

Q:  A board member also owns several properties elsewhere. A homeowners association vendor told me that this director demands, and gets, “discounts” from the vendor for work done on the director’s other properties. This is certainly ethically questionable as I

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Ethics at the condo, Part II

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

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Ethics at the condominium association, Part I

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

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When do you need a Condo Association Code of Conduct?

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

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How can we establish a code of ethics for our board of directors?: Condo Law

If not everyone on the condo’s board of directors believes they should be subject to a code of ethics, it’s still possible to pass it with a majority vote.

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5 Dangers to an Ethical Process

Anyone can end up making unethical decisions, and board members on an association are no different.

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HOA’s Should Adopt a Board Code of Ethics

the board of directors for your homeowner’s association (HOA) should think seriously about implementing a code of ethics

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HOA Board Code of Conduct

As a member of a volunteer homeowner association board, it’s important to codify the goals and behaviors an effective director should strive for

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Community Association Code of Ethics to take it from Good to Great

Community Association Institute put together Principles for Community Association Success. We’ve highlighted some key information from that resource guide in this article which is part 3 of a 3 part series. Part 1 covered Rights and Responsibilities of Homeowners which

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Conflict of Interest: Better Safe Than Sorry

With ethics and governance being such a hot topics in the corporate and political world, you won’t be surprised to hear that condominium corporations are no stranger to these concepts. Directors must be conscious of the standard of care expected

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Transparency concerns plague Columbia Association (MD) ethics investigation

Shameful, disappointing and dysfunctional were words used by Columbia residents Monday evening to describe the Columbia Association Board of Directors’ decision to close a meeting to investigate an ethics charge against one of its directors.    Read more…….

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CAI Best Practices: Ethics

Simply put, when someone is employing ethics, he or she recognizes what is right and what is wrong and is choosing to do the right thing; however, as a great deal of business ethics literature will attest, “the right thing”

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Condominium Boards and Ethics: The top 5 reasons that your Association needs a Code of Conduct

Condominium associations are largely governed by volunteer directors that receive little training with respect to their fiduciary duties and potential ethical issues that they may face. Each director has a fiduciary duty of care and duty of loyalty to act

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Commitment to Good Service Form

The following document is really a “Code of Conduct” with a less offensive name. Why change the name? Because “Code of Conduct” sounds offensive. Incoming board members might balk at signing something that sounds like a set up for punishment

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Honey Bees and Ethics

“When I put the bees in, I knew it probably would be against the covenant, but I knew it was going to be a safe situation and if it wasn’t, I was going to remove them. I was bending the

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Volunteering means you don’t get paid to support candidates

That would seem to be self-evident, but this being South Florida, it all depends on how you define the words. It’s the right, and I believe the duty, of every citizen to do research and choose candidates to support, by

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Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members

This model code of ethics is not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma encountered by a community association board member, but is offered as a basic framework that can be modified and adopted by any common-interest community.    Read

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