M.C. from Cook County, Illinois writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
If the current Board Members’ terms are expiring and there are no new volunteers, can the current Board Members be forced to remain as the governing body?
Mister Condo replies:
M.C., no they cannot. Volunteering to serve as a Board Member is just that – volunteering! You cannot compel any member, elected or appointed, to serve. Recruitment of volunteers for Board vacancies is a duty of every Board member and interested association member. Condo Boards, HOA Boards, and any other type of community association Board are powered by volunteers. If there is a lack of volunteers, I need to ask why there is such lack of interest in protecting, maintaining, and enhancing the association on the part of its members. For most homeowners, their primary residence is the single largest investment they own. You would think there would be a list of interested candidates looking to protect their investment. Associations that cannot attract volunteer leaders run the risk of having a court appoint a Receiver for the association. This is to be avoided at all costs. Read more here: https://askmistercondo.com/what-happens-if-there-is-no-condo-board/ Bottom line: Get the word out that volunteers are needed. Beg and plead your existing volunteers to serve until replacements can be found. Appreciate the volunteers you have now and those that come forward in the future. Good luck!