Condo Bullying and Harassment

R.C. from Florida writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

What can unit owners in Florida do when bullied, followed, harassed, watched, threatened, etc. by condo association members and property manager? Especially when a lot of us are elderly and/or disabled physically in some way? Can you at least point me in the right direction?

Mister Condo replies:

R.C., I am sorry you and your neighbors find yourselves bullied, harassed, threatened or otherwise bothered by anyone, let alone the folks who govern and manage your association. True bullying, harassment, and threats are criminal offenses which should be reported to the proper authorities, including your local police department. Short of that, you might want to speak to an attorney who specializes in elder law to see what types of protections you are offered. The Property Manager works for and reports to the Board of the condo. You and your fellow unit owners have elected the Board to serve. If they aren’t doing the job properly, it’s time for a new Board. The condominium’s governance documents spell out the rules, regulations, and enforcement procedures for the condo. I guarantee you that bullying and harassment are not a part of those documents. In my experience, the best remedy for a condo bully is to stand up to him. That may mean removing him or her from his position of authority. It may even mean calling the police or bringing suit against him or her in a court of law. Bullies like victims, not folks who fight back. In Florida, you might want to check out the Department of Elder Affairs website to see if there are local resources to help you as well. You can find the information online at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/report_abuse.php. Good luck!

5 thoughts on “Condo Bullying and Harassment

  1. Placed Law Suit against my Condo Association
    A few weeks ago! The Board has been completely not managed properly! Many of
    Our Docs are not being followed!
    Property Manager is acting as a Board Member!
    Much bullying has taken place. We pay extremely high fees, and if they object to your demands, your property around the house is not being done among other damages to my Unit which they are responsible to take care of!

    I haves been told “To Drop Dead” with other
    Board members present!! Etc, etc, etc!
    Had to file a law suit that I have been paying for. However, I am told that will be recoverable…….Suit has been filed in County Court, awaiting Attorney investigation and the Laws that have documented are match for my claims

    1. I’m going through a similar problem and it’s very scary because I’m a woman and on my own in a senior community.
      The men are harassing me and I could use some help.
      Ps I hope you don’t give up, it’s very tricky.

  2. I have 80 yr elderly Dad living in a Condo in NC, he recently got a girlfriend who comes over with her dog to visit. They are threatening him becuase there are no dogs allowed. He thought it was ok, since the dog is not his…but they say no dogs no way, never not even to visit & will not allow the dog over. Does this sound extreme? They said it’s in the rules.

    1. K., like they said; it’s in the rules. Many associations ban dogs for many reasons. No, this does not sound extreme to me at all. Good luck!

    2. I am disabled, panic attacks, osteoarthritis, 60 yrs old, property mgr. Sending me letters of harrassment , have not had my snow done in 5 yrs.

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