J.T. from New Haven County, Connecticut writes:
Hi, Mister Condo! How should I handle concerns over the conflict of interest of board members paying themselves to complete projects in our complex, as well as their hiring relatives to complete projects, without disclosure of the bidding process involved?
Mister Condo replies:
Hi, J.T.! Those are some serious accusations of wrongdoing by members of your Board! If you feel your allegations can be proven true, I would encourage you to shed as much light on the wrongdoing as possible. Board members should never be hired for project work in a condo. Hiring of relatives for project work is also a questionable practice although it is not precluded as long as a full disclosure of the relationship between hired contractor and Board member is disclosed.
You didn’t mention how much money was involved so it is difficult for me to give you specific advice. If the monies are significant, you may wish to seek legal counsel to discuss appropriate actions. Otherwise, I would advise you to speak with your association’s property manager and write to your Board, explaining that you would like some answers to how these projects are being bid and how the association’s money is being spent. As a unit owner, you have the right to know and you have the right to speak with neighbors about these allegations. If you don’t get proper answers, begin a campaign to make sure the misbehaving Board members are not reelected. If you find that laws have been broken, contact the Attorney General. Best wishes!