Once our discussion goes a bit further one of two things become obvious. Sometimes an owner is wrong and just doesn’t want to do what their board decided, but often the problem is really with how a board/building is run.
Unfortunately some people forget that they are elected to a board of director position to represent those people that have elected him/her. Instead they become power hungry rulers of the universe. In all fairness most never wanted to become like that. It wasn’t their intention to take over the world – but circumstances made them so.
Take a typical HOA board of directors. More often than not there are not enough people to fill all the positions. Some people that are technically on the board do not participate and don’t want to be involved. Frequently elections can’t even be held because not enough residence show up and the quorum is not met. In a situation like that often it’s one person who volunteered to be on a board years ago and still does the job. It’s possible that one person who is the most active on the board is simply overwhelmed. They chose a path of least resistance and simply rule based on their view of the universe.
If you feel that a change is needed you have the power to do it. Yes you can simply change your board members at any time. If the time is close to your annual election meeting you may want to just wait. When time comes nominate yourself for a position and you maybe surprised how easy it will be to get elected.
If the time to your next election meeting is too long simply get enough owners to support a petition to the board to call an early association meeting. They must follow on that. In fact they have 30 days to do it. If the board refuses you can simply call the meeting yourself. Your assassination’s bylaws will outline exactly the process you need to follow.
If you can get a quorum at your meeting you can run elections. A new board can be put in place and life moves forward.
This will require some work on your part but if done right it can bring needed changes to your association.
I’ve helped many owners deal with this problem. In one case it took us almost 7 month to get it done, but it was worth it. Within two years replacing the board they were able to turn things around including doubling their reserves account.
One thing is important to remember – it’s your board, it’s your association, you have full control of what’s going on there. You just need to put some effort in it.