Term Limits to First Impact Longstanding Condo Directors in 2026 (FL)

The Florida legislature’s confusing rollout of board member term limits for condominium association directors created many initial questions about how and when the term limits applied. Some directors still have lingering questions and uncertainties, so hopefully, this article will help to resolve those. Read the article…………………………….

Holding Elections: Every Board’s Duty

Shared residential communities such as condos, co-ops, and HOAs are modern examples of classic Athenian democracy: citizens governing themselves through active participation in governance. The key to that governance is the regularity of elections to the community’s leadership—which in this case is the board of directors.  Read the article………………………………

HOA Homefront: Q&A on elections and board shenanigans (CA)

Boards should not be playing tactical games to preserve their power. It’s a volunteer position, and if the community would prefer different leadership, egos need to be set aside in favor of the HOA’s democratic process   Read the Q&A………………………………

Holding Elections – Every Board’s Duty (NY)

Shared residential communities such as co-ops, condos, and HOAs are modern examples of classic Athenian democracy: citizens governing themselves through active participation in governance. The key to that governance is the regularity of elections to the community’s leadership—which in this case is the board of directors.    Read the article……………………………..

HOA Electronic Voting and Bylaws

An election for the Flagship Wharf Condominium Association’s board was upcoming. Members were told they could vote in person at the meeting, by directed proxy, or electronically through a unique link sent to each Unit. One of the candidates asked the board to amend the association’s Bylaws to explicitly allow for members to vote electronically […]

A Guide to Condo Board Elections (IL)

Condominium living offers many benefits, such as shared amenities and maintenance services, but it also comes with responsibilities, including participating in condo board elections. These elections play a crucial role in shaping the direction and management of your condo community. In this article, we will explore the importance of condo board elections, the process involved, […]

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other: Proxies at Meetings, Written Ballots, and Electronic Voting (NC)

All community associations, at least annually, are faced with action items requiring a vote of their membership.  For example, community association membership participation is necessary on an annual basis, at a minimum, to elect the Board of Directors and for ratification of the upcoming year’s annual budget.   Read the article………………………..

An e-voting gaffe, a three-way tie and condo election chaos (ON)

An error attributed to an electronic voting platform for condominium corporations has unleashed chaos at a Toronto-area townhouse complex and is raising questions about the rules governing condominium election disputes.   Read the article………………………..

‘He definitely needs to be recalled’: Sunriver homeowners frustrated after misleading email endorses candidate (OR)

Homeowners in Sunriver are voting this month on electing directors to the Sunriver Owners Association board.  In early July, the SROA members received an email from what appeared to some to be the official association, including the SROA logo, endorsing just one candidate, Bob Tiernan, when there are several on the ballot.    Read the article………………………..

How to Run for a Position on Your HOA Board

Running for a position on your Homeowners Association (HOA) board can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It offers an opportunity to have a direct impact on your community, work with your neighbors to improve the quality of life, and ensure that the association’s rules and regulations are enforced fairly and consistently.  Read the article………………………..

HOA Q&A: If a new board member resigns, how do we replace that person? (FL)

Q: We just had our condominium association elections. There were 3 open seats and 4 people ran. Three people were elected to the Board of Directors. But, one week later, one of the new Board members resigned from their seat on the Board. How does the Board replace the director who resigned?   Read the Q&A……………………………….

Court Intervenes to Halt HOA Election Abuse (CA)

Under California law, a homeowners association (HOA) is considered a “quasi-government entity” similar to a municipal government. And, as courts have noted, “with power, of course, comes the potential for abuse.”   Read the article………………………..

Reasons for Electronic Voting in Condominiums (NY)

Electronic voting is a simple and efficient way to conduct condo association elections and make important decisions. Here are just a few reasons why your condo in NY should use electronic voting: Read the article………………………..

Condo Q&A: HOA manager free to campaign for election candidates (FL)

Q: Can the property manager of our homeowner’s association tell owners who to vote for in a board election, or when it comes to voting for assessments? The HOA manager in my condo unabashedly tells owners who to vote for and who not to vote for in elections. Is this legal?   Read the Q&A……………………………….

Ask the HOA Expert: Procedure For Voting In Person And Voting By Proxy

Question: At our annual meeting, the procedure for voting in person and voting by proxy was different. Those who attended the meeting registered by signing in. Proxies were only counted if the signature on the form matched the signature of record. Is this standard procedure?   Read the Q&A……………………………….

Timesavers at Annual/Election Meetings (FL)

In condominiums and cooperatives, general proxies are used for establishment of a quorum and limited proxies are used to vote on a particular matter – amendments, waive reserves or financial reporting requirements, etc. It is only in homeowners associations when proxies may also be used for elections.    Read the article………………………..

Can HOA Members Remove Officers Midterm?

As a member of a homeowners association, it’s important to know your rights and options when it comes to the governance of your community. One issue that may arise is the removal of officers, such as HOA board members, before the end of their term. So, can HOA members remove officers midterm? The answer is […]

Resident raises red flag in condo election, but is the concern legit? (FL)

Question: Can the property manager of our homeowners association tell owners who to vote for in a board election, or when it comes to voting for assessments? The HOA manager in my condo unabashedly tells owners who to vote for and who not to vote for in elections. Is this legal?    Read the Q&A……………………………….

Holding Elections: Democracy at the Micro Level

In many ways co-op, condo, and HOA living represents the most basic form of representative democracy. Like the ancient Athenians, we gather periodically to elect a small group from among us to represent our joint interests and to oversee the finances and well-being of the community.  Ah, now, if only it were that simple.   Read […]

HOA Online Voting: How To Do It Right

Elections are a normal part of homeowners associations. Homeowners elect members yearly or every few years to serve on the board and lead the community. As with any election, though, HOA elections can be messy. Many associations need help getting a good voter turnout or organizing the ballots.   Read the article………………………..

Board Member Terms and Staggering Elections- Getting It Right to Benefit the Community (OH)

Community association owners may not fully appreciate how the length of time board members serve on the board and staggered elections can directly impact the community. Making sure the governing documents for the association provide for longer board terms and staggering elections are necessary tools for efficient and effective community associations.   Read the article………………………..

Keen Contests Mark The First Colony HOA Board Election (TX)

An attention grabbing flyer is being distributed to homeowners in First Colony by neighborhood residents supporting three board candidates for the First Colony Community Service Association (FCCSA), the homeowners association (HOA) for the large residential community. It has over 9,000 single family homes, about 785 multi-family units and a sizeable residential complement    Read the article………………………..

HOA Homefront: If quorum fails, election fails (CA)

Q: Our HOA had an election for two board seats, there were three candidates. Not enough ballots were returned to make quorum. The quorum percentage decreased over the next few months. Then the current board decided to not even have the ballots counted and to keep the old board in place. Is this legal?   Read […]

Simple Steps to Avoid Co-op/Condo Board Election Mistakes (NY)

When mistakes are made in co-op and condo board elections, the whole process can be tainted and litigation can result. That’s what happened in the case of Roberts v. WVH Housing Corp.  WVH, a New York City cooperative, has a seven-member board, and at the 2021 election four positions were open.    Read the article………………………..

Here’s What Your HOA Should Know About Proxy Voting

When it comes to governing a community association, all votes are important. However, because association members often have busy schedules outside their community it can be difficult to achieve quorum at required meetings.   Read the article………………………..

How to Make Online Voting Work for Your HOA

Online voting is a great tool designed to pair the greatest need of an HOA—homeowner involvement—with a technological solution.  As a follow-up to an earlier article about community voting, this week we will share the benefits and challenges of online voting for your HOA. Then, we will provide some best practices to consider when planning […]

Preventing HOA voter fraud

Homeowner associations hold elections every year. Members have the opportunity to vote for people who they believe will best serve the needs and interests of the community as a whole. But like any other election, voting can be a tricky thing. Some communities struggle to get members to cast votes. Sometimes owners aren’t sure how […]

HOA Voting: A Guide For Board Members And Homeowners

When it comes to HOA voting, not all homeowners associations have it down pat. Some still struggle to standardize their procedures and hold seamless elections. This is where a guide will come in handy.   Read the article………………………..

Can An HOA President Be Impeached? Here’s What to Know

Community association presidents often have a lot of power and responsibility. They can make decisions that affect the entire community.  Although most volunteer board members balance this tough job very well and have the best interest of the community in mind, rarely, that might not be the case. What happens if they start abusing their power? […]

Tips for winning your HOA board election

A board of directors represents the owners of a condo or HOA community. The board is made up of a group of elected volunteers who help manage the association and make decisions that preserve or enhance the value and enjoyment of the development.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Tips for winning your HOA board election

A board of directors represents the owners of a condo or HOA community. The board is made up of a group of elected volunteers who help manage the association and make decisions that preserve or enhance the value and enjoyment of the development.      Read the entire article……………………………….

Voting Cards at Conventions & Annual Meetings (NC)

Although COVID-19 is (hopefully) waning, there are still concerns about immediately going back to the way things used to be done at annual meetings. For instance, the most common method pre-pandemic of voting during large meetings was by voice. On any matter to be decided, the presiding officer would ask all those in favor to […]

Residents Against Woodlands Developer Win Seats on HOA Board (FL)

There is a change of power in the Woodlands Homeowners’ Association after all four candidates endorsed by “Save the Woodlands” won the recent at-large HOA delegate election.  The election, initially scheduled for February 7, was finally completed on March 10. It gathered attention due to the clear line dividing candidates and residents into those who […]

Condo term limits explained (FL)

Q: In the past you have written articles concerning the term limits provision added to the Condominium Act. I was wondering if there have been any updates on that issue and how the term limits now apply to current board members?   Read the Q&A…………………………………

HOA Homefront – An election tie and another has no elections (CA)

Q: We had an election where three people ran for two positions and the second and third place vote-getters tied. Without giving an explanation or detailed procedure they stated that they had to resolve it at a later meeting because candidate 3 was not in attendance.   Read the Q&A……………………………….

Secret Mail Ballots—How Do They Work and Do You Need A Proxy (CO)

In a world of COVID-19, virtual meetings, and tensions still running high in many associations, members are more eager than ever to participate in the democratic process of the association. With the increased desire of members to participate, and in conjunction with virtual meetings, comes the inevitable questions of how do proxies work, when are […]

Can Delinquent Owners Voting Rights Be Revoked?

In an effort to encourage members to pay their dues on time, homeowners associations impose certain consequences for late or lack of payment. One of these consequences is to suspend delinquent owners voting rights. But, is that even allowed?   Read the entire article……………………………….

CB South POA nullifies election result (CO)

The board of the Crested Butte South Property Owners Association (POA) on Monday announced that it would nullify the result of a November 2021 election on the community’s covenants. The rule changes touched on short-term rentals and campers, among other issues.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Voting by Written Ballot and Written Agreement in North Carolina

When it comes to asking homeowners association / condo members to approve or reject matters in North Carolina, there are generally two options: the written ballot and the written agreement. These documents and legally dictated processes may look very similar, but they are legally distinct. This article examines how and when using the written ballot […]