P.B. from Hartford County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Can the Executive Board demand that we set up an appointment to make comments at the executive board meeting or should a time be set up for unit owners’ comments? I feel that if I go by myself it would be 6 against one. Can I go together with other owners?
Mister Condo replies:
P.B., I can understand you feeling overwhelmed by being the lone voice speaking to 6 people but the Executive Board is comprised of volunteer unit owners from within your condo. They are residents just like you and you needn’t fear them. When the Board invites unit owner(s) to speak at a meeting, it is a good thing. It means you get to voice your concerns directly to the decision makers of your community. Whether the Board chooses to meet with select individuals or an entire group of homeowners is generally at their discretion. Remember, these Board members were elected by the entirety of your community to conduct the business of the association. Inviting numerous unit owners to speak on the same subject could take a great deal of time. My advice is to go in to the meeting well prepared so that you can present the facts to the Board. Make your comments politely and professionally. Make eye contact with each Board member and remember that they are simply volunteers doing their best to serve their community. Perhaps this experience will even inspire you to seek election to the Board at some point. Concerned residents make the best Board members. Good luck!