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There is no real consistency in how homeowner associations are required to be managed. This leaves members of the association vulnerable to the whims of the board. The unfortunate part is that renters have more legal protections than do homeowners
Purposeful or not, mismanagement of an association by the board of directors, can lead to financial challenges for the homeowner.
For example, in the span of 18 months, my dues were raised three times and I had to pay more for my personal insurance two times. Yet, there has been no transparency for the justification of this, or for how they arrived at the conclusion that we needed to pay for a shed so we could store feed to feed the birds that the DNR says should be left alone.
Way too often, board of directors come on board with no real training or understanding about what are their legal responsibilities in running the association as a nonprofit organization.
For example, the management company for our association does not allow the board to even communicate with the members and you will never see a board member's signature on any documentation regarding the association.
It's simply not legally feasible to say you have a duty of loyalty to an organization when you are letting someone else run it.
Because board members come and go, and are often untrained in how to run a legally compliant organization, it is important to have a third party involved.
This not only provides a way for the board to be effective, but also provides protection for the homeowners.
For example, our board chair proudly admitted he manipulated a vote to raise the dues, and lied that there was some law that allowed him to do that. You would hope that integrity would matter to the other board members, but instead they just sat back and cheered him on.
Your voice is important. In order to change the law, we need your story about how you have been impacted by your association.
We have support from members of the legislature and others to do this. Come join us to be part of the process.
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