Sometimes your condo association president can become a dictator. They can bully and intimidate fellow board members, the manager, and association members. Behind the scenes, they can be just as disruptive and stubborn.

However, you don’t have to put up with it.

Boards and owners have the power to remove an association president who behaves this way. Legal experts say that under most state laws and association governing documents, the board president has few powers beyond those held by other board members. Additionally, most laws and documents give association boards the power to remove the dictator from the presidency by vote at any time.

There are 5 basic steps that can be taken to remove a president, starting with the most basic procedure and escalating to the most extreme.

  1. Talk to the president and ask them to change their behavior
  2. Look into your association’s governing documents and laws to determine how to schedule and conduct a vote to remove the president from office
  3. Vote to remove the president as an officer of the board
  4. Vote to remove the president from the board entirely
  5. File a lawsuit

To learn more, click here.

 

The declaration of your condominium can be amended to prohibit smoking within individual units, as long as the amendment does not violate public policy.

In fact, public policy supports limitations on smoking. Declaration amendments that prohibit smoking throughout an association’s property are becoming increasingly popular.

To read more, click here.

 

 

“Parliamentary procedure” refers to the rules that outline the structure of business meetings.  But why is it important and what does it entail?

Why is it important to follow Parliamentary Procedure during condo board meetings?

  1. It drives efficient decision making
  2. It prevents chaos by allowing attendees to raise concerns in a structured manner
  3. It helps run large meetings effectively

What role does each board officer play in Parliamentary Procedure?

The President’s role is to:

  1. Set an agenda
  2. Ensure quorum is met
  3. Direct an effective meeting that follows the agenda

The Secretary’s role is to:

  1. Keep meeting minutes

An Attendee’s role is to:

  1. Wait to be recognized by the chair before speaking, and address motions and comments to the chair.
  2. Move through the meeting by making motions and seconding other motions
  3. Speak first when making a motion, but keep what you have to say to 2 minutes
  4. Vote on motions at the end of discussion

Understanding parliamentary procedure, and the role everyone plays in it, helps facilitate a well-managed meeting.

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This Saturday, June, 8, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., North Side Community Federal Credit Union will be hosting a free condo education homeowner training. The workshop is for condo owners in self-managed buildings. You’ll learn about:

  1. The differences between owning a single-family home vs. a condominium
  2. How to make sure your board is complaint
  3. How to evaluate your building’s financial risk
  4. How to plan for assessments and major repairs

Haus Financial Services’ own, Lauren Peddinghaus, will even be speaking about financial best practices.

The workshop will be held at the MLK Room (4750 N Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60640). Breakfast and all materials will be provided.

Register here.

 

 

Within condominiums, there are always a lot of questions surrounding parking, but not a lot of answers. We are breaking down some frequently asked parking questions to make your life easier.

Q: Can a unit owner sell their parking spot?
A: No. An assigned parking space in an association cannot be sold. However, if the parking spot is deeded separately to the owner, meaning it has its own PIN (Property Identification Number) and is taxed separately, the spot can be sold. 

Q: Can associations sell unassigned spaces?
A: No. Parking spaces are common elements that cannot be sold.

Q: Can unit owners exchange assigned parking spaces?
A: It depends on the governing documents of the specific association. You will need to review your Declaration and Bylaws to determine how parking spaces are handled.

Q: Can a board force an owner to park in the unit’s assigned space?
A: Yes. The board should adopt parking policies that require owners to park in their assigned spaces.

Q: Can the board force owners to change their assigned spaces?
A: Sometimes. Some documents allow boards to switch owners’ parking spaces, but if the spaces are legally attached to a unit, they cannot.

To learn more about parking, click here

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