Condo board complaints rise dramatica...

Condo board complaints rise dramatically in 5 years

There are 176 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Oct 16, 2007, titled Condo board complaints rise dramatically in 5 years. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

The number of complaints against condo boards has gone up dramatically in the past five years.

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Floridian

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Oct 16, 2007
The reason complaints have risen is simple. It is not Hurricane Katrina. It is because the DBPR is a "toothless tiger," that allows corruption to flourish in our condominium boards. To be a member of a Condo Board today, is to have the same stigma as being a former member of the N azi Party, Communist Party, or the Ku Klux Klan.

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#2 Oct 16, 2007
Floridian wrote:
The reason complaints have risen is simple. It is not Hurricane Katrina. It is because the DBPR is a "toothless tiger," that allows corruption to flourish in our condominium boards. To be a member of a Condo Board today, is to have the same stigma as being a former member of the N azi Party, Communist Party, or the Ku Klux Klan.
You are so right. These people are criminals.
Tom Dfld Bch

United States

#3 Oct 16, 2007
Finally, an unbiased, informative report regarding associations.
C Moore Butt

AOL

#4 Oct 16, 2007
Condo. commandos are in the hunt.
Sweetness Randall

Miami, FL

#5 Oct 17, 2007
C Moore Butt wrote:
Condo. commandos are in the hunt.
What are they in the hunt for?
woody hayes

San Antonio, TX

#6 Oct 17, 2007
Do you think, maybe, that the rise in complaints is due to the fact that they have built like 200,000 more condos in the past 5 years?
BOD

AOL

#7 Oct 17, 2007
We are untouchable. It can go both ways...... There are BOD`S who give there heart and soul to this unthankful task to the entire community but have to deal with the ungratefulness of people who can`t elected to the BOD because they are horrible and very nasty people and everyone knows it..... Especially TM.
A1ACharles is MyNewAlias

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Oct 17, 2007
Thats cuz there is a buttload more condos. Hence more complaints.
thinking

Hollywood, FL

#9 Oct 17, 2007
Floridian wrote:
The reason complaints have risen is simple. It is not Hurricane Katrina. It is because the DBPR is a "toothless tiger," that allows corruption to flourish in our condominium boards. To be a member of a Condo Board today, is to have the same stigma as being a former member of the N azi Party, Communist Party, or the Ku Klux Klan.
Since YOU are soo smart, why don't YOU volunteer and run for the BOD and make decisions?
John

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10 Oct 17, 2007
shorter pool cues? is that his biggest issue in life? i am on our board and most of the complaints are coming from the same crazies in our building. they complain about the dumbest things.
yaadman

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Oct 17, 2007
Maybe fines should be levied against board MEMBERS, not the board as a body. That way, the culprits pay, not the complainers
shakeeta

AOL

#12 Oct 17, 2007
Floridian wrote:
The reason complaints have risen is simple. It is not Hurricane Katrina. It is because the DBPR is a "toothless tiger," that allows corruption to flourish in our condominium boards. To be a member of a Condo Board today, is to have the same stigma as being a former member of the N azi Party, Communist Party, or the Ku Klux Klan.
your correct until such time the gov.. empowers this board to take a more powerful active way, these nazis ,,, thieves, senial idiots,, some of which day they do not even it is,, as the guy we have is a seat holder can't run a meeting treas.... runs it all but hey""" you scratch my back and i'll put condo money your way,,they can always hide the money bury on some other project such as plants ,,landscaping,,,, come on who is kidding who here
sk1pper

AOL

#13 Oct 17, 2007
BOD wrote:
We are untouchable. It can go both ways...... There are BOD`S who give there heart and soul to this unthankful task to the entire community but have to deal with the ungratefulness of people who can`t elected to the BOD because they are horrible and very nasty people and everyone knows it..... Especially TM.
I am on the board of my HOA and it is not the residents at fault. The Board members rule it is the boards way or you are sent to the attorny plain and simple. We do assesments when we feel the need and raise the HOA fees when we feel like it. I am on the board to try and prevent some of the problems but more often than not I am out voted. The homeowners are also at fault because they let the board get away with this, the homeowners are always to busy to come to the meetings. If more homeowners showed up at the monthly meetings the board would not all of the say. I think the state should do away with all assocations it is nothing but 5 people who think they are in charge of everyones property. It is bu** Sh**
BOD

AOL

#14 Oct 17, 2007
Sk1pper
Looks like your one of the nasty people IM talking about. You are way off base. We have a BOD that does whatever we can do for our members. It always seems the ones that are out of line always cause the problems. 98% of our members appreciate what we do for our community and are very happy in the hard work we put in.
red

Pompano Beach, FL

#15 Oct 17, 2007
Pool sticks? I wish that was the problem at our condos. How about people not paying their association fees and getting all the freebies. We're not talking about a couple of dollars, we are talking about thousands.
crabgretch

United States

#16 Oct 17, 2007
What Mr. Kollin does not discuss is seasonal board members who have the majority on many condo boards, thus making it hard to get anything done while they reside in their permanent homes. No communication, any mishaps, the board members discuss among themselves. The year rounders do not get to participate in discussing business related to our ONLY home, our condos. We just have to wait until they return - late October and they leave in April, and hope they are truthful with us. When they don't want us to understand, they speak their native language..........

Year round members have put their names up for election to the board, but the seasonals vote for their own. We are held hostage in our condos. Think the board members care, no way. They love it! It's their way or the highway!

So Mr. Kollin, what do you suggest to those of us that suffer from not seasonal majority board members? We are in America, right?

I am glad condo owners are getting smarter, hopefully it will allow other owners to serve as board members, and don't tell me no one will volunteer. That may be the case here and there, but it isn't everywhere. Try it, you might like it!

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#17 Oct 17, 2007
CONDO PRESIDENT -- convicted of racketeering -- asks board member to resign for mixing up briefcase

An Opinion By Jan Bergemann
President, Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc.

Published October 16, 2007

Imagine this scenario: A president of a big condo on the Galt Mile in Fort Lauderdale , convicted of racketeering and prominently mentioned in a report authored by the President's Commission on Organized Crime, is asking a board member to resign. That board member mistakenly picked up a briefcase that he thought was his own in the parking garage, but the president is accusing him more or less of dishonesty.

How more ridiculous can it get?

Robert G. Boffa Sr., whose application to buy the condo unit clearly avoided mentioning his former felony conviction, was already elected to the board before his neighbors realized who he really was: A felon convicted of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO)-- part of a group that was suspected of being involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

So far, complaints against his actions as president of the Playa Del Mar haven't been dealt with by authorities despite the fact that he is obviously not afraid to ignore Florida Statutes. Board meetings behind closed doors seem to be pretty common and decisions obviously have been made without informing all the board members. Investigations are on the way and the facts speak for themselves!

What actually happened isn't really worth a full explanation. Board member Mark Stern, very much in opposition to Boffa's actions as board president, picked up a briefcase looking like his own that he found in his lot in the parking garage. It took him a while to realize his mistake, but he returned it to the rightful owner. Every normal person would definitely consider this an "honest mistake" -- not even worth more than an apology.

But Boffa, under pressure because of the momentary voting situation on the board, would use any excuse to remove from the board one of the three directors that are opposing his violations of Florida Statutes -- and spending of association dues without approval of the full board in a public board meeting, as required by FS 718. Boffa would rather see Stern resign so he can appoint another director who would stand at attention when he says so without questioning his actions.

Boffa doesn't seem to understand that he is only the president of the board, not a CEO or the owner of the association. The way he acts may have been OK in the environment he grew up in, but not in a Florida condominium regulated by Florida Statutes!

In a letter that was mailed to the owners of the Playa Del Mar, that carries Boffa’s signature but not a date and surely was not approved for mailing by the board, Boffa is asking to recall board member Mark Stern. Wishful thinking!

In a town hall meeting not too long ago members were asking their neighbors to recall Boffa, after finding out who he really was -- and not what he wrote on his written application. I guess that attempt didn't go over too well under the circumstances? I think the opinion of one of the elderly unit owners sums it up: "Sorry, I had a great life and I really don't want to end up in the foundation of the new Marlin's stadium!"

Gee whiz -- only in Florida!
coral ridge towers

Jersey City, NJ

#18 Oct 17, 2007
coral ridge towers hired a manager javier rivera who did not have a license. he was cited by the police department.the board should be recalled for hiring someone without a license. javier rivera was fined 2000.00 by the department of professional regulation. thank you governor crist and the ft lauderdale police department for doing a great job.
Tom Dfld Bch

United States

#19 Oct 17, 2007
shakeeta wrote:
<quoted text>your correct until such time the gov.. empowers this board to take a more powerful active way, these nazis ,,, thieves, senial idiots,, some of which day they do not even it is,, as the guy we have is a seat holder can't run a meeting treas.... runs it all but hey""" you scratch my back and i'll put condo money your way,,they can always hide the money bury on some other project such as plants ,,landscaping,,,, come on who is kidding who here
Apparently neither you nor "Floridian" bothered to read the article.
Hurricane Katrina WAS NOT even mentioned, only hurricane damage in general.
$153,542.80 was collected in fines this year and $188,799.80 last year.
One major point seems to have been missed by all. If you do the math, the complaints equalled about 1% of the associations in the entire state. 1 PERCENT! Factor in how many units per association and the percentage becomes miniscule.

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#20 Oct 18, 2007
Tom Dfld Bch wrote:
<quoted text>
Apparently neither you nor "Floridian" bothered to read the article.
Hurricane Katrina WAS NOT even mentioned, only hurricane damage in general.
$153,542.80 was collected in fines this year and $188,799.80 last year.
One major point seems to have been missed by all. If you do the math, the complaints equalled about 1% of the associations in the entire state. 1 PERCENT! Factor in how many units per association and the percentage becomes miniscule.
There are lies, damnable lies, and then there are statistics.

Joe used the wrong database. He looked at complaints filed by the DBPR. Instead, he should have looked at the number of complaints called into the Office of the Ombudsman. Had he used those numbers, the percentage would have exceeded twenty-percent of all condos.

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