C.J. from New London County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
The board meets at an inconvenient time and place for most homeowners. How do we address this?
Mister Condo replies:
C.J., the Board is comprised of your elected volunteer leaders. I assume you have no clubhouse or other public area within your association so the Board meets where there is space available. Unless you governing documents dictate where those meetings are to be held, the Board has some discretion in where they hold their Board meetings. However, if enough unit owners complain that the meetings are too far away, the Board should react appropriately. It is common for Boards to meet at local venues (City Halls, churches, schools, community centers, etc.) but those resources are not always readily available. It is also common for Property Management companies to offer meeting spaces to their clients. Whatever the venue, if it isn’t convenient for a majority of unit owners, the Board should look for a new meeting place. If the Board is unwilling to do that, it may be time for a new Board. You have the ultimate power at voting time so be sure to bring up the issue and only vote for candidates that will make meetings more accessible by holding them closer to your association. All the best!