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Florida HOA Boards May Appoint an “Election Committee”

Posted in Elections, Voting

Question: Every year our homeowners’ association’s board appoints an “election committee.” The committee makes sure that the meeting notices are sent out, and otherwise runs the election, including counting the ballots. This year, the chairperson of the committee announced immediately before the final self-nomination deadline that he intended to run for the board, and resigned… Continue Reading

Can a Candidate Withdraw From a Condominium Election and Then Change Their Mind?

Posted in Elections, Governing Documents, Voting

Question:  The bylaws of our condominium association specify that the board of Directors shall be comprised of not less than five nor more than seven members.  Six members filed their applications for candidacy by the required deadline (40 days before the annual meeting).  One of the members subsequently sent an email requesting that their application… Continue Reading

Ballots are Official Records and May be Inspected by Condominium Owners

Posted in Elections, Official Records, Reader Q&A

Question: At our recent annual meeting there was a very contentious vote on whether the association should update the clubhouse. The vote failed. Now certain owners who were in support of the project have requested to inspect the proxies. These documents show how every owner voted. Are other owners allowed to see this information?  It… Continue Reading

Is Board Certification Really Necessary for Board Members in Florida?

Posted in Board Eligibility, Education, Reader Q&A

Question: I read your blog on “board certification” in condominiums and have suggested to our president that all board members take such a course. I received no reply. I sent a document production request via certified mail and received as proof the “notice of intent to become a candidate” forms with the required State certification… Continue Reading

Five Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Serving on Your Association’s Board

Posted in Board Eligibility, Elections

Before agreeing to serve on your community association’s Board of Directors, please do yourself and everyone else a favor and run through these five questions first. 1. Do I have time to serve on the Board? Running and being elected to your community’s board of directors can be an exciting experience as it is an… Continue Reading

‘Procedural’ and ‘Substantive’ Changes In the Law Not Always Easily Understood

Posted in Legislation, Reader Q&A

Question: I read your column dated September 1, 2013 entitled Changes Affect Existing HOAs, In that column, you stated that “substantive” changes would not be applied retroactively, but that certain “procedural” changes could be applied retroactively, My question is whether the new provision which states that members have the right to elect a board member… Continue Reading

Election Trying The Patience Of Owners

Posted in Reader Q&A

Question: We recently had our condominium association annual meeting, where there was an election held. The election took a long time to complete, much longer than the business of the meeting. Many owners got upset with the wait. Is there anything we can do to short-cut this procedure? D.H. (via e-mail) Answer: The Florida Condominium… Continue Reading