K.C. from Cook County, Illinois writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Self-managed condo association refusing to fix leaking roof and gutter without downspouts that drain directly on to my wooden balcony now roof leaking is causing water to leak in between the walls also causing electrical issues. Ignored 3 requests from attorney for repairs and financials and no meetings except for 1 in past 3 years.
Mister Condo replies:
K.C., I am sorry that your condo association Board has decided to not play by the rules. Clearly, your governance documents require meetings more frequent than once every three years. There also need to Minutes kept from meetings and I am guessing those are missing as well. Two different approaches here. Letters from an attorney aren’t working but a lawsuit would require a response and may even provide you with injunctive relief. Speak with your attorney about such action. The larger issue here for you and your fellow owners is the absentee Board. If there are enough interested volunteers, you might consider a recall of the existing Board members via special meeting of the unit owners. Consult your governing documents on the proper way to do this. Clearly, the seated Board isn’t getting the job done and there is no reason to leave them in office. However, you do need to follow the rules for replacing them and you do need to have willing and able volunteers to replace them. Short of that, I wouldn’t expect anything to change. All the best!