T.J. from outside of Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Can my unit owner board tell me not to talk to contractor’s or file a BBB complaint?
Mister Condo replies:
The Board may ask you to not speak with contractors while they are on site and they may ask you not to file any complaints with the Better Business Bureau regarding work done by a contractor on association projects. The reality is that these contractors are employed by the association and not you. You do not direct their work and you have not hired them to perform the work they are there to perform. Your speaking with contractors while they are on the job can be distracting to the workers and may cause a delay in work, costing the association more money. This is no different than you speaking with a state worker or local government employee about the work they perform. Yes, your taxes pay their salary, but you do not pay them nor do you have any authority over them. If you have an issue with the work being done by a contractor on behalf of the association, your line of inquiry is through the Board of Directors. You can write to them with your concerns and they can take action as they see fit. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is another matter altogether. While the Board may not want you to post derogatory comments on the BBB website, you do have the freedom to do so. However, the contractor also has the freedom to pursue legal remedy against you if you slander them in any way. Again, keep in mind that you did not hire them to do the work they are doing. I would think you are simply inviting trouble by doing so. My advice is to make your concerns known to the Board of Directors and let the contractors do whatever work they were hired to do. Good luck!