S.L. from Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I was being bullied by my board so I ran for the board. I figured if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, and then beat ’em. Once I became a board member, the bullies on the board resigned! The problem is, the bullying by the former condo president got even worse. I stand up to him on a regular basis but it is a very hostile situation. Also, now that I am a board member, I have to be careful. I know he is trying to trick or trap me into doing something questionable. It feels like junior high school and most of the residents are on his side. Fortunately, he is a snow bird and will be leaving soon. That will give me time to decide if I want to continue to live like this. I am a single female age 60 and he is married age 75 and acts like a 12-year-old. If there was some way to stop this, then I could write a book and become very wealthy!
Mister Condo replies:
S.L., I am sorry for your problems with a bullying former Board President. Even as a regular association member, his bullying ways will undoubtedly make your term as President uncomfortable. You are wise to remember that he may very well be trying to trick you into doing something questionable. It is unfortunate that most of the residents are on his side. I wonder why that is. Typically, a bully is seen for what he is and is not popular with the rest of the residents. Perhaps this is just a difficult community. If there is an atmosphere of hostility abounding within the community, I am not sure I would even want to live there, let alone volunteer my time to serve on the Board. That is a conversation you will have to have with yourself if you are going to enjoy your time there as a resident or on the Board. As you mention, he will be leaving soon for the season. I hope you use that time to your advantage and evaluate your future with this community, as a Board member and even as an owner. All the best!