Legal Q&A: What Are Illegal Condo Board Activities?

Can a delinquent owner’s name be included in the minutes? Can a board ban recordings? Should board members’ names be recorded on how they voted? STUART, Fla. – Concern: Is it poor or illegal to name a delinquent proprietor and the quantity owed in the minutes of a assembly the […]

Can a delinquent owner’s name be included in the minutes? Can a board ban recordings? Should board members’ names be recorded on how they voted?

STUART, Fla. – Concern: Is it poor or illegal to name a delinquent proprietor and the quantity owed in the minutes of a assembly the place the board votes to suspend an owner’s voting rights? – B.S., Port St. Lucie

Remedy: No. The minutes ought to mirror enough information to establish the assets or device and operator in concern. These types of as a motion stating, “I transfer that the voting legal rights of the operator of ton (variety) be suspended thanks to the owner remaining delinquent in the payment of assessments owed to the association for much more than 90 times.” So, whilst it is not unlawful to identify the person, we commonly endorse you do so in the method indicated above.

Query: In the absence of a unanimous board vote – on any subject – are the names of the administrators voting “aye” and “nay” to be recorded in the minutes? – J.J., Stuart

Reply: Whether the vote is unanimous or not the vote of each director should really usually be recorded in the minutes per the legislation. See relevant statutes beneath. This is frequently overlooked and the votes are recorded as “unanimous” or “two in favor, a single against” but this is not proper.

718.111(1)(b) A director of the association who is current at a assembly of its board at which motion on any company make a difference is taken shall be presumed to have assented to the motion taken except if he or she votes towards these kinds of motion or abstains from voting.

A director of the association who abstains from voting on any motion taken on any company make a difference shall be presumed to have taken no place with regard to the motion. Directors may possibly not vote by proxy or by mystery ballot at board conferences, apart from that officers may possibly be elected by solution ballot. A vote or abstention for each member current shall be recorded in the minutes.

720.303(3) Minutes – Minutes of all meetings of the customers of an association and of the board of administrators of an affiliation must be preserved in published form or in a different variety that can be converted into prepared sort inside of a fair time. A vote or abstention from voting on each and every issue voted upon for each director present at a board meeting will have to be recorded in the minutes.

Dilemma: Our HOA president says that board and membership meetings can only be recorded by house owners with the consent of the members. Is this legitimate? – L.D., Vero Beach front

Remedy: No. Florida law presents any lawful attendee at the customers assembly or board conference the correct to history the meeting. They do not need to have the authorization of the board or any attendees. Nevertheless, if you are heading to record the meeting, the human being performing the recording ought to announce at the commencing the conference that they are recording it. Any person that does not want to be recorded can depart. See legislation beneath for HOAs. There is a similar legislation for 718 condominiums.

Florida Statute. 720.306(10) Recording – Any parcel proprietor may possibly tape record or videotape conferences of the board of directors and meetings of the customers. The board of directors of the association might undertake acceptable rules governing the taping of conferences of the board and the membership.

Query: Do HOA and condominium conference “participation rules” call for a vote of the owners or can they be established by the board or residence professionals, or PM, and printed to the membership? – K.E., Jensen Beach

Solution: Usually, except your governing files have pretty distinctive provisions, the participation guidelines do not require to be authorized by a vote of the associates, just the board of directors. The home manager could draft them, but the board has to approve them. Your affiliation legal counsel really should also assessment the policies in advance of they are adopted.

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