WHAT EVERY CONDO OWNER SHOULD KNOW
30 Rules we can live with
Mark Bogen, from an excellent weekly column every Sunday in the Sun Sentinel
- Remember that board members are NOT your employees, servants or slaves.
- Show your appreciation for the volunteer work performed by board members.
- If you think things are operated so poorly — run for the board.
- To owner who are happy with their association– say Thank You!!
- The manager of the association takes directions from the board, not you.
- For those board members who are constantly looking to find violations — get a life
- To a manager who is constantly looking to find violations — you need to be replaced.
- If you do no like to follow rules, then do not live in an association.
- Rules are not meant to be broken.
- Before running to a lawyer — try working it out — it’s cheaper
- Mediating a problem is cheaper and less stressful than litigating it. Try it.
- A nice violation letter goes a long way versus a letter from an attorney
- To the one owner who always disrupts the meeting — give it a rest.
- To the owner who always thinks everyone wants to hear your opinion — NOT!
- To the one owner who knows he/she is causing stress to everyone — please move!
- Remember the president needs the proper authority to take action.
- To the president who thinks he is king — vote him/her out of office.
- To the board that never wants to hear what it owners think — you need to be replaced.
- To any vendor who rushes you into signing a contract — say goodbye.
- Before signing a contract — think about sending it to an attorney.
- Before signing a contract — read it, understand it and then get an opinion.
- Before hiring a contractor — get a few references and then call them.
- To the owner who thinks he/she can do what they want — move back up north (or south)
- To the owner who likes the TV or music loud — shut your window.
- If you came to Florida to retire, try acting like it.
- Ask yourself — would you tolerate the abuse you are giving to someone else?
- If your lawyer, manager or vendor does a good job, try saying “thank you.”
- If you are ‘thin skinned’, you should not be a board member.
- If you do not care about your fellow neighbor/owner, can you pretend to?
- To those owners from another country: the US has it own laws.