Condominiums are an attractive option for many potential homebuyers. They combine the benefits of homeownership with those offered by high-end apartment living. Condo association boards are responsible for ensuring a safe and efficiently run community. Sometimes, however, they may overreach the authority given to them in trying to carry out those obligations. Consider these examples of condo board president abuse of power and how you can avoid the costly legal fees associated with them.
1. Intrusive Security Measures
While many residents will appreciate added security measures such as cameras and in-person patrols of the premises, some may balk at the intrusion into their privacy. Any security measures should be implemented only after getting input from owners and community members and approval of the entire board.
2. Entering a Condo Without Permission
Residents may perceive a board as overstepping their authority when they allow unauthorized entry into a unit. There may be a justified reason for entering a condo without the owner’s permission, such as a leak or electrical problem that is affecting other units. However, those reasons must be explicitly outlined in contracts to counter abuse of power claims.
Claims of abusing power can have serious ramifications. In addition to legal fees and settlements, it can seriously tarnish the reputation of the association and make it difficult to attract new owners to the community. A condo board can limit their liability and better manage risks by carefully following the rules and procedures outlined in association contracts.