E.S. from Lee County, Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
We’ve had 3 members electing not to run for another term, thus leaving us 1 short of the required minimum needed to operate the Board. Can our association management company fill in the void until we recruit at least one new member?
Mister Condo replies:
E.S., unless your by-laws allow it, I cannot see any reason to fill a Board vacancy with anyone who is not a member of the association. Appointing someone from your management company is a bad idea if for no other reason than the management company is employed by the Board. This would be a clear conflict of interest and should be avoided at all costs. Typically, the Board is empowered to appoint directors from within the association to fill vacancies. If no volunteers can be found, the Board would operate at a deficit until the next elections.