D.B. from Brevard County, Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I am a board member of a condominium in Florida. We have 2 resident owners that harass, bully and intimidate other board members and residents. These two break the rules and dare us to violate or sticker their illegally parked vehicles. They tell other residents to break the rules. They both interfere with association work on the property. They both are spreading slanderous rumors around the property. They are cornering residents that go outside. One waits at the entrance to the condo every morning just to give the finger. I am serious this is no joke. Board members are being stalked and screamed at daily. Local law enforcement and our attorney are not help to us. What action can we take to ensure the safety and protect of our community? We are having a hard time finding a good condo attorney. We need one now. Any help that you can give us is greatly appreciated.
Mister Condo replies:
D.B., when residents behave badly, the whole community suffers. Since you have two cantankerous residents who seem to empower each other you have double trouble. For starters, any illegal activity should be reported to the police and charges pressed by those under attack. Swearing, cornering residents, etc. may require restraining orders against the individuals to curb the behavior. Other than that, has anyone asked them why they are doing this and what they want? If their goal is to be obnoxious for the sake of being obnoxious, all you can do is return the favor or not acknowledge them. Bullies usually seek attention and denying them that attention often makes them stop. However, you are describing a pattern of escalation that will likely require law enforcement. As for finding a good association attorney in Florida, there are many. Here is a list to get you started – https://caicf.org/directory/legal/. All of these attorneys specialize in community association law so you can’t go wrong. All the best!