D.M. from Hartford County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Our small association of less than 30 homes has enough board members to comply with requirements but none of the board members want to be President and handle responsibilities including taking calls from residents as we have no management company. Can a board legally operate without a President?
Mister Condo replies:
D.M., I am sorry that in your small homeowners association fielding phone calls for a few dozen homeowners would preclude someone from wanting to serve as President. I am not sure what issues exist in your community but phone calls from residents should not be a common occurrence other than for emergencies. Could you not simply create an HOA-specific email address and instruct owners to email their concerns to that address. There is no need to allow 24/7 access to any Board member via phone. I do not offer legal advice in this column so I cannot answer as the legality of the operation of the Board without a President but I will say it is uncommon. The President is typically the officer of record for signing contracts and other documents that require executive authorization. Your governing documents likely detail the roles of the offices for the Board. You might also consider a hybrid management model with some sort of outsourcing for phone calls. Even an answering service could handle the task. All the best!