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Board Member Involvement During Condo Association Developer Transition

K.W. from New Haven County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

The Builder still has control over the association until which time a certain number of units are taken ownership of. However, it was allowed for one homeowner to have a seat on the BOD which consists of 4 in total at this time. My question is just how involved this HO BOD should be involved with our vendors, vendor RFQs and managing the community when we have hired and pay a management company to do this. Thank you!

Mister Condo replies:

K.W., developer transition periods are a very special time in the lifeline of a condo or community association. Board Members may have a representative seat on the Board but until the association is released from developer control they typically have very little to say in the day-to-day running of the association. However, neither does the management company unless the developer has empowered them to make those decisions. Involving a volunteer Board Member in the decision-making process is good politics and may even provide this Board Member a front row seat in seeing how the decisions are made. His or her involvement would be at the discretion of the developer. All the best!

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