CategoryTips for Board Members

This category is targeted at board members.

Three Actions to Get Your Condo Association Finances in Order


Without money, your Condo Association is in deep trouble.  Fiduciary duty is the only codified duty of a Board member, and thus finances is your top priority.  An Association’s financial house can fall into disarray for a variety of reasons.  It might be an apathetic Board, a bad Board, or simply a new Association that doesn’t know what to do.  No matter what your situation, these actions will...

Four Traits of the Apathetic Condo Association Board Member


Board members come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life.  Some are good, and others are bad.  But there’s another flavor that often isn’t talked about – the apathetic Condo Association Board member.  Neither good nor bad, the apathetic Board member chugs along.  While they are not actively selfish or subversive, they’re also not particularly useful.  Here are four traits you can expect...

Three Signs of Condo Association Board Member Burnout


Burnout is inevitable.  Even the most disciplined, hardest-working individuals will find themselves growing fatigued over time.  Too much fatigue – whether from an apathetic Board or a broken Board – will in turn develop into burnout.  This is why new blood on a Board is so important.  Nonetheless, you may find yourself falling into the ultimate burnout stage.  Here are three signs of Condo...

Writing an Elegant Condo Association Request Denial Letter


Owner requests are one of the many issues that a Board needs to deal with.  These can range from simple things like parking policy exemptions to more challenging requests like substantial unit modifications.  Unfortunately, as a Board must look out for the Association’s fiduciary duty and other considerations, sometimes the answer is no.  While “no” isn’t an Owner’s ideal outcome, you can avoid...

Three Signs of a Zombie Condo Association Board


There is an old saying about Condo Association business – that the emotions are so high because the stakes are so low.  In reality, the stakes are quite high.  A Community Association is responsible for the administration of big budgets and have a significant role in the quality of life of Owners within the community.  A major threat to this quality of life is the dreaded zombie Condo Association...

Tips to Maintain Condo Association Momentum


Keeping Condo Association business moving is a significant challenge communities face.  There are numerous legitimate reasons that Condos can move slowly.  As volunteers with a fiduciary duty towards the Association, Board members must take responsibility and ensure that progress is made.  Despite positive intentions, however, sometimes Boards struggle to move the ball forward.  It might be...

The Most Common New Condo Association Board Member Mistake


New blood on a Condo Association Board is critical to the long-term success of a community.  It helps prevent a Condo Board from breaking bad, it invigorates veterans, and it helps promote an active community.  However, with the zeal of service comes the most common new Condo Association Board member mistake that should be avoided at all costs:  jumping to conclusions without any research.  ...

Five Condo Association Board Member Bad Behaviors


The goal of this blog is to help you lead a better Condo life.  Primarily, we focus upon the positive – how to be a better Owner, better Board member or better Manager.  The reality is that even the most saintly of people can’t always be positive.  Humans are flawed, and it often seems that Condo Associations bring out the worst in people.  In this new series, we will be highlighting irritating...

How to Kill a Zombie Condo Association Issue


Condo Associations face a big range of issues – both those important and unimportant.  One particular type of issue which can haunt you is the Zombie Condo Association issue.  These challenges are mindless, unkillable, and a frustrating aspect of Condo life.  However, with these steps, you can make sure that you effectively end the zombie issues and make sure they don’t eat your brains...

Responding to Unimportant Condo Association Challenges


In Monday’s post we covered the issue with important Condo Association challenges.  However, not every challenge you face will be important.  Many will be trivial, perhaps laughably so – that’s just part of the job.  This doesn’t mean that you won’t respond to such issues; in some ways, responses to these issues are harder as you must maintain professionalism as you do so.  Equally...

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