Three Ways to Annoy Condo Association Boards

Most people want a to live a simple Condo life and generally be left alone.  Sometimes, however, life gets in the way, and there can be complications.  While Condo Boards have a bad reputation, the reality is that most are made up of normal people who are fairly understanding.  However, there are certain things that can cause a Board to crack down on you hard.  Here are three ways to annoy Condo Association Boards.

Owners Who Abuse Staff

Abuse of staff should never be tolerated.

The first thing you should never do is abuse staff.  For some reason, there is a small subset of Owners who seem to think that this is acceptable.  Being disrespectful, verbally abusive, or generally demeaning is something that any decent person would avoid doing, and something that will quickly annoy Condo Association Boards.  A good Board will quickly move through the hearing process to quell such behavior.  They will also stop taking you seriously in the future.  

Last-Minute Requests for Rule Exemptions

Condo Associations have lots and lots of rules.  Many of these exist for good reasons.  For example, you might have architectural control rules to ensure a consistent appearance.  Sometimes there are legitimate and reasonable exemptions to these rules.  However, an easy way to annoy your Condo Board is to make last-minute requests for things that CAN be planned.  For example, say you want to alter your unit and need Board permission.  You book your contractor to show up in two days, then email the Board asking for permission, and demand a two-day turnaround.  Boards move slowly. This is a wholly avoidable situation, and you will quickly annoy Condo Association Boards this way.  

Threatening Legal Action Over Everything

Crying wolf over calling your lawyer will backfire in the end.

There are inconveniences in home ownership.  This applies whether you live in a single-family home or a big Condo building.  For whatever reason, some Owners seem to think that in a Condo Association, every inconvenience is a direct assault.  They don’t know what maintenance they are responsible for.  They are mad when the Association needs to enter their unit.  The response to these indignities?  Threaten to sue.  Never actually sue, but threaten to sue.  Every Association wants to avoid lawsuits.  But an Owner who cries wolf and threatens lawsuits at the drop of a hat will quickly earn the wrath of the Board.

Conclusion

Boards can be a pain in the ass, but so can Owners.  No one wants to piss each other off.  In order to make sure you have a positive relationship with your Board, you should try to avoid being an intentional annoyance.  Steer clear of these three common issues, and you’ll lead a better Condo life.  


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