Recently, our firm received an urgent phone call from a planned community board asking for advice regarding a board removal petition submitted by a disgruntled group of owners in their association. Although there had been rumors that there was a removal petition circulating within the community, the Board was surprised to receive it nonetheless. Read […]
Many common interest community associations struggle filling open director seats on their boards. Frustrated and discouraged boards periodically consult with me, questioning how their association can proceed when they have a hard time finding enough volunteers to simply meet quorum. There are four main reasons why associations have difficulty finding volunteers, but each of the […]
In an earlier column, I explained the occasional problem of a board whose powers have gone to its collective head and turned into a rogue board. But that’s a bit unfair because the vast majority of boards are well intentioned, well operated administrative bodies filled with volunteers who work really hard to make their place […]
Being a community leader with an association is a very rewarding job. Leaders taking associations from good to great through events, communication, and activities. There are, however, certain rights that you need to maintain, along with responsibilities as a community leader. Remember these rights and responsibilities, and you will get more enjoyment as a community […]
So, you just started as a new board member in your condominium or homeowners association in Florida? Congratulations! Or, condolences! Your’s is a thankless job, but someone has to do it. Hopefully, your neighbors will recognize that you are investing your time and energy for the benefit of your community, while they may be off […]
As a member of your HOA board you have a big responsibility to enhance, maintain and protect your homeowners association. You also have the legal authority to carry out your role, but where do you get this authority? Read more……..
A community association is a corporation, in many ways similar to any other corporation, be it a for-profit or not-for-profit company. In exercising decisions, for the most part, the community association’s board members must adhere to the “business judgment rule.” As I like to explain it, this means that the board member’s decisions might be […]
Who should pay the bill when condominium directors act unlawfully and take justice in their own hand? According to the Court of Appeal it may be the owners having elected them! We blogged already on the Ottawa case where condominium directors were found to be in contempt of court when they decided to ignore a […]
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 from them and of the risk of conflict of interest. Read more……….
Over the years, I have worked with many, many Boards of Directors: As a manager, as a consultant, and as a member of the Board. And as we all – managers and Board members alike – know, some Boards are just better than others at administrating their community and effectively achieving their agenda with grace, […]