G.R. from Massachusetts writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
What steps can the unit owners take to have an election for new condo board members. Our by-laws state an election is to be done on the second Wednesday in July. It is now the end of October and there was no meeting for elections.
Mister Condo replies:
G.R., as you mentioned your by-laws state specifically when elections are to be held. If the seated Board has decided to bypass the by-laws and not hold an election, the membership can follow the rules for voting out the current Board (via recall election if necessary) and hold a vote for new leadership. I am sure your by-laws spell out this process. If not, you can refer to your state’s statutes for conducting elections within condominiums. It is possible that this was simply an oversight by the exiting Board. After all, they are volunteers and not paid employees. Ask why no election was held and ask that one be held as soon as possible to correct the error and that future elections be held as outlined in the by-laws. All the best!