L.M. from Hartford County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Do I have to be the owner of my condo unit to be on the condo board and be president? My condo is under my husband’s name and I want to run as president/property manager.
Mister Condo replies:
L.M., I am glad that you are interested in serving the association where you live. The condo’s governing documents should give very clear directions on who is eligible to serve on the Board. As a rule, Board service is limited to the unit owner of record, which in this case is your husband. You may need to have the deed amended to show you as a co-owner for your Board service to be possible.
I am a bit confused by your use of the phrase “president/property manager”. Property Managers are not volunteers and are usually hired by the Board to conduct the day-to-day business of the association. While some might argue that hiring you is a conflict of interest because you are a resident and also the spouse of a unit owner, as long as you are completely above board and let your circumstances be known to the Board and fellow residents, I would think the Board is free to hire you to be there Property Manager. I am guessing you would do a yeoman job seeing as you also live in the condo. Keep in mind that in Connecticut, you will need a Property Management license to practice. Otherwise, you would be in violation of the Property Manager Licensure law. Good luck!