Living in a condo? Here are a few good commandments.
Condos all have a dynamic range of personalities. Dealing with disgruntled residents is just one of the many challenges of property management.
So when I was recently discussing these challenges with a Board member, he brought out a newspaper article about new year’s resolutions all condo owners could adopt. How true these are!
- Remember that Board members are not your employees, servants or slaves.
- Show your appreciation for the volunteer work performed by Board members.
- If you think things are operated poorly, run for the board.
- To owners who are happy with their association: say thank you!
- The manager of the association takes direction from the board, not you.
- For those Board members who are constantly looking to find violations: get a life.
- To managers who are constantly looking to find violations: you need to be replaced.
- If you do not like to follow rules, then do not live in an association.
- Rules are not meant to be broken.
- Before running to a lawyer, try working it out…it’s cheaper.
- Mediating a problem is cheaper and less stressful than litigation. Try it.
- A nice violation letter goes a long way vs. a letter from an attorney.
- To the one owner who always disrupts the meeting: give it a rest.
- To the owner who always thinks everyone wants to hear your opinion — NOT!
- To the one owner who knows he/she is causing stress to everyone — please move!
- Remember the president needs the proper authority to take action.
- To the president who thinks he is king — vote him/her out of office.
- To the board that never wants to hear what it’s owners think — you need to be replaced.
- To any vendor who rushes you into signing a contract — say goodbye.
- Before signing a contract — read it, understand it and then get an opinion.
- Before hiring a contractor — get a few references and then call them.
- To the owner who likes the TV or music loud — shut your window.
- Ask yourself — would you tolerate the abuse you are giving to someone else?
- If your lawyer, manager or vendor does a good job, try saying “thank you.”
- If you are ‘thin skinned’, you should not be a board member.
- If you do not care about your fellow neighbor/owner, can you pretend to?