Condo board complaints rise dramatically in 5 years

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

“Disabled doesn't mean can't!”

Since: Dec 06

Fort Lauderdale

#144 Feb 7, 2008
Jen Kenne wrote:
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Nah, you'll see one of the biggest Federal/State programs to save the Galt Ocean Mile. The Galt controls the Mayor's office and Ellyn Bogdanoff's seat. Those 10,000 plus voters will be protected at any cost.
I hope your right! However, the problem starts way north of Preston Henn's (house hee..hee) backyard, and all the way south to Miami! If it was fine today, it could be swept away in 10 hours in a Cat. 5!
condo crimestopper

Boca Raton, FL

#145 Feb 12, 2008
Anyone have any experience w/Benchmark Prop. Mgmt. that they care to share?
Larry

United States

#146 Feb 13, 2008
condo crimestopper wrote:
Anyone have any experience w/Benchmark Prop. Mgmt. that they care to share?
I worked for them as a part-time manager at an HOA and quit after 1 week. As most management companies do, they offered lip service and did not inform that board that a lone, part-time manager was insufficient for such a large association.
Be leary of any management company that is too agreeable and/or offers a multitude of additional services such as staffing, maintenance, landscaping etc. That can lead to an accounting quagmire.
You may be better off hiring a manager apart from a company in that the manager is placed in awkward situations where the company wants one thing, while the manager knows that serving the people of the association meant doing something else. The company was more interested in its appearance of serving that community.
You may want to check for recruiting companies, as they try to match the manager to the needs of the community. Having the manager work directly and soley for the community eliminates the situation of that person trying to serve two masters. I use one myself when seeking a position, but won't mention it here as it would appear to be self-serving.
Good luck.

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#147 Feb 25, 2008
Larry wrote:
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I worked for them as a part-time manager at an HOA and quit after 1 week. As most management companies do, they offered lip service and did not inform that board that a lone, part-time manager was insufficient for such a large association.
Be leary of any management company that is too agreeable and/or offers a multitude of additional services such as staffing, maintenance, landscaping etc. That can lead to an accounting quagmire.
You may be better off hiring a manager apart from a company in that the manager is placed in awkward situations where the company wants one thing, while the manager knows that serving the people of the association meant doing something else. The company was more interested in its appearance of serving that community.
You may want to check for recruiting companies, as they try to match the manager to the needs of the community. Having the manager work directly and soley for the community eliminates the situation of that person trying to serve two masters. I use one myself when seeking a position, but won't mention it here as it would appear to be self-serving.
Good luck.
Mention it - it will not be self-serving.
Redgee

Columbus, OH

#148 Oct 7, 2008
I need help here. My mother bought a condo in Hollywood but the President is giving her hell because she wants to have my sister to stay with her while in College. She has refused to give the application and claimed that even before applying she has denied the petition, and she sent her a letter from her condo law firm saying that if my sister comes and stay she will have her evicted and fined. I am in the military in Iraq and my mother contacted a Navy lawyer to contact her lawyer and find out the reason. She cursed out my mother and made her cry and refuse to give the name of her boss so we can make a formal complaint against her. How should I proceed?

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#149 Oct 8, 2008
SELL!

Buying a condo was a huge mistake.
Redgee wrote:
I need help here. My mother bought a condo in Hollywood but the President is giving her hell because she wants to have my sister to stay with her while in College. She has refused to give the application and claimed that even before applying she has denied the petition, and she sent her a letter from her condo law firm saying that if my sister comes and stay she will have her evicted and fined. I am in the military in Iraq and my mother contacted a Navy lawyer to contact her lawyer and find out the reason. She cursed out my mother and made her cry and refuse to give the name of her boss so we can make a formal complaint against her. How should I proceed?
Larry

United States

#150 Oct 8, 2008
Jen Kenne wrote:
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Mention it - it will not be self-serving.
Uh, you're the only one I've ever seen include self-serving advetising in a comment, and I damned sure won't lower myself to your level.

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#151 Oct 24, 2008
Larry, you have the lock on self-serving posts.
Larry wrote:
<quoted text>
Uh, you're the only one I've ever seen include self-serving advetising in a comment, and I damned sure won't lower myself to your level.
Larry

United States

#152 Oct 26, 2008
Jen Kenne wrote:
Larry, you have the lock on self-serving posts.
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Aww, membership falling off? Cashflow a problem?
Not one of MY posts ever endorsed ANY organization. Can you say the same?
Yes, you probably could, but with which face? The association abolition one or the association reformation one?

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#153 Oct 26, 2008
Please share some of that stuff you've been smoking. It must very good, dude, since your reality contact has dropped to zero.
Larry wrote:
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Aww, membership falling off? Cashflow a problem?
Not one of MY posts ever endorsed ANY organization. Can you say the same?
Yes, you probably could, but with which face? The association abolition one or the association reformation one?
Larry

United States

#154 Oct 27, 2008
Jen Kenne wrote:
Please share some of that stuff you've been smoking. It must very good, dude, since your reality contact has dropped to zero.
<quoted text>
An all too obvious attempt at diversion. When you can't deny the post, attack the poster.
That doesn't even work on the playground anymore, Snuffy.

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#155 Oct 27, 2008
You just don't get it.
Larry wrote:
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An all too obvious attempt at diversion. When you can't deny the post, attack the poster.
That doesn't even work on the playground anymore, Snuffy.
Larry

United States

#156 Oct 27, 2008
Jen Kenne wrote:
You just don't get it.
<quoted text>
You're right. I don't get why the S-S doesn't monitor the overt SPAMMING and criminal advice offered by unscrupulous posters like you.
Probably because, like you, it's policy is "Anything for a buck."

“Truth, Justice, & American Way”

Since: Sep 07

Fort Lauderdale

#157 Oct 27, 2008
Good luck, John.
John Garon wrote:
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I hope your right! However, the problem starts way north of Preston Henn's (house hee..hee) backyard, and all the way south to Miami!

If it was fine today, it could be swept away in 10 hours in a Cat. 5!
carl

Seattle, WA

#159 Feb 10, 2009
yaadman wrote:
Maybe fines should be levied against board MEMBERS, not the board as a body. That way, the culprits pay, not the complainers
Right ON !!!!! They should be held accountable
carl

Seattle, WA

#160 Feb 10, 2009
Right on...they (the board should be held accountable)
(they are all a bunch of greedy thieves and liars)
IN Edgewater

Fort Lee, NJ

#161 Mar 10, 2009
I reside in Admiral's Walk-- a condo in Edgewater NJ. The board here is corrupt to the core! It seems that nothing can be done other than a "revolt". And to depose of the board in a legal way (through a law-suit). The current board is comprised of cronies of the previous board. It is amazing to live here and see how most people let it all slide. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that they are taken. Unbelievable!!!
Elsie

United States

#162 Mar 10, 2009
IN Edgewater wrote:
I reside in Admiral's Walk-- a condo in Edgewater NJ. The board here is corrupt to the core! It seems that nothing can be done other than a "revolt". And to depose of the board in a legal way (through a law-suit). The current board is comprised of cronies of the previous board. It is amazing to live here and see how most people let it all slide. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that they are taken. Unbelievable!!!
You already explained the problem; apathy. If others won't run for the board, you'll get the same ones over & over again.
Doesn't matter if in N.J. or FL. Apathy is spelled the same way and has the same meaning.
wingnutfan

Howell, MI

#163 Apr 30, 2009
sk1pper wrote:
<quoted text> 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**
I am in the same boat in MI and it is so unfair that five people hold your life and home in thier hands. I search all over the internet and there is nothing that stands up and defends the members of the HOA and board has the Robert's rules of order to delegate what they say is right. I really need help!!!!
Elsie

United States

#164 May 1, 2009
wingnutfan wrote:
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I am in the same boat in MI and it is so unfair that five people hold your life and home in thier hands. I search all over the internet and there is nothing that stands up and defends the members of the HOA and board has the Robert's rules of order to delegate what they say is right. I really need help!!!!
"Roberts Rules of Order" does not determine that what is said is right, only the procedure in which meetings are conducted.
Check your own state laws regarding associations. In Florida there are different laws for each of the 5 types of associations: Condo, Co-op, HOA, Timeshare & Mobile Home Parks.
Just as you aren't familiar with the laws in your state, so are many of the posters here, but that doesn't stop them from commenting about what they don't know.

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