Monday, February 22, 2010

Would a Condo and HOA Board Member Draft Solve Our Problems?

This past Saturday, the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) and the Law Firm of Katzman Garfinkel Rosenbaum (KGR) held one of our free Board Member Boot Camps (Registered Trademark) in Hollywood, Florida. Approximately 200 representatives from common interest ownership communities showed up to be trained to be the best board members possible. In keeping with the military theme (lawyers in fatigues, top secret dossiers, MRE’s!!), I began to wonder if a board member draft would help alleviate some of the problems in our communities.

Certainly, if every owner who purchased a home or condominium or cooperative unit knew that his or her number to serve on the board would eventually come up, it would take away some of the angst and paranoia over election procedures. It would also remove much of the anxiety over whether or not people will run for the board. Knowing that you would eventually have your turn to serve on the board and have “your say” might also reduce much of the friction between boards and their owners.

Just as the military imposes a draft in times of need, a board member draft might be just the remedy needed to cure some of the ills plaguing our associations from time to time. Of course, just as with the military, there would have to be certain minimum qualifications for service so all of the current eligibility requirements pertaining to delinquency, felon history, etc. could remain and perhaps a few others added.

Why shouldn’t everyone who buys in a common interest ownership community have to pitch in and serve on the board for one term? Perhaps sitting in that seat will give everyone a fresh perspective on the job that volunteer board members perform on a daily basis. I jokingly suggest a statutory board member draft but in reality it might make a lot of sense


  1. I like the idea. It would give the 'complainers" who sit on the the side lines an opportunity to see the other side of their "pet issues"!

  2. Many who have served have voiced this opinion. (Usually in an attempt to retaliate) There would have to be stipulations such as: The community would have to have an excellent property management company in charge of the day to day business. The community could not be in existance for less than say...five years. It takes time to get to know the needs of a community. Then draft everyone except those who, for good reason, requestexemption. Of course I get to decide whom that will be. Okay I'm in. Jean