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Effective Communication with An HOA's Board of Directors

Dealing with an HOA's Board is not always easy if the Board is convinced that its decisions should not be for the benefit the members common interests. Usually, an HOA's Boards represent the best interests of the majority of the members who elect the Board's directors. However, when members purchase lots or homes in an HOA, a contract exists in the form of the governing documents that does not indicate that the HOA's purpose is to improve the value of properties owned by the Board's directors or a majority of the HOA's members. Therefore, can one or more members of a minority of an HOA's members have a voice that their Boards will hear and not dismiss?

I have worked through this issue successfully in a variety of different ways; but usually the Boards that are inclined to react vehemently against hearing about and dealing with the needs of a minority of an HOA's members have vested interests in ignoring these needs of the minority. For example, this situation occurs when the Board's directors are members of majority group that has special needs that will only increase property values for this group if the property values of the minority are adversely impacted. In this situation, the minority probably needs a neutral third party or a judge to be able to ensure that the HOA's Board is restricted to making decisions that will only benefit all owners.

But, in less obvious situations when one group's special needs will only benefit this group, but will have no impact on the other group, effective communication is plausible.