Crushing the Dual-Class System of Some Self-Managed Homeowners’ Associations

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Abstract

Homeowners’ Associations and Condominium Associations that are self-managed can provide opportunities for their Boards to create a virtual dual-class system of the "have" and the "have not" members. Boards can create this system accidentally, or by choice, by misinterpreting Association’s governing documents in order usurp the members’ voting authority which in turn allows them to create special benefits for themselves and/or a favored subset of the Association’s members. Most readers who purchase this book already know, or suspect, that they have a self-serving Board that pays very little attention to their needs, and that the Board treats members as Troublemakers if they try to assert their rights.

This book explains how to identify a self-serving Board, explains why some self-serving Boards cannot be convinced easily with Facts to relinquish their power; and explains how to overcome this problem. Moreover, employing the tactics presented in this book may be the only way, short of a lawsuit, to persuade members to reject a self-serving Board's practices so that all members have the same rights, benefits and obligations that Associations were intended to provide.

Table of Contents

Section 1- Recognizing The Limitations of Self-Managed Boards of Directors.....page 3

Section 2- Understanding The Purposes of An Association’s Governing Documents.....page 4

Section 3 - How Volunteer Boards Make “BAD” Decisions for Their Associations......page 6

Section 4- Successfully Dealing with A Board’s Confirmation Bias.....page 7

Section 5- The Easiest Way to Disclose A Board’s Self-Serving Agenda.....page 12

SECTION 6- One Problem That Only the Association’s Members Can Solve.....page 14

SECTION 7 - Saving the Association from Insolvency.....page 17

Section 8- Conclusions.....page 18

Appendix- Articles Published Previously on Blog-Page of Website, FACEBOOK & TWITTER

Convincing A Self-Serving HOA’s Board to Be Responsive to Members’ Needs….page 19

Filing a Lawsuit against an HOA?........................................................................................page 20

The Challenges of Being a Self-Managed HOA……………………………………………….page 22

How Members Manage Their Associations’ Boards of Directors …………………...…page 24

Short Sample Survey of an Association’s Members ……………….………………………page 27

Attachments 1 &2 beginning on ……………………………………………………………...........page 28