I recent contacted our management company regarding shareholder confidentially. The question asked was.
What is the buildings policy when a shareholder asks the front desk for another shareholders number.
The response was, if a board member is looking for a shareholders number it is OK to give it out. If on the other hand a sharholder (who is not on the board)is looking for a board members number, we are instructed not to give it out.
I am of the opinion that no number should be given out, period. Simply instruct the staff to take a message and relay it to the other tenant. The other tenant can then decide for themselves.
Recently a board member was gossiping to me about confidential coop information about a shareholder who has been a vocal opponent of board policies. The board member essentially accused the shareholder of bribery for special favors. This violates our board confidentially agreement and is completely unethical. Anyone have experience in handling this situation?
A few unit owners in our condo have recently asked permission to allow commercial film (movie) shoots in their units. The Board is very hesitant, but not dead-set against. Does anyone out there have written polices on shoots in units that I can use as models? Thanks.
As board member I am being refused copies of any documents which contain the signatures of the board officers, ie contracts, loan documentations, etc. because of fear of identity theft as their signatures appear on these documents. Therefore, I am expected to review at the board meeting, 250pg loan document & give it back or go to the lawyers or managing agents office. When suggesting that signatures be blacked out, answer was that is is too time consuming as many pages have their signatures. It is my understanding that BM should have access to all documentation. by the way our attorney as advised me that I can only get copies of documentation if approved by the board. Please adivse.
I'm on my board a long time. We have very little debt and a reasonable reserve. For years I've asked my board to paint resident service areas, patch holes in storerooms to keep out mice and bugs, and do general repairs in bldg rooms that haven't been touched in years. Total cost is $4K-$5K.
They say why spend money on areas visitors don't see. They want to redo the lobby for $50K only because they want a more "modern" look, and to redo our landscaping which is fine and thriving. I know curb appeal is important but how do I convince them some bldg work has to be done and the cost won't break our bank? I feel like doing the work myself (which I won't) but this is very frustrating.
One of our shareholders just moved in this year and uncovered a pre-existing condition within the walls of their aprtthat will result in the bldg having to repair with an outside plumbing company. In addtion, most of the work will be done in the bldg outside the shareholders apartment. This also opened up several other issue within the bldg that will require repair.
The board wants to charge the shreholder for everything and I feek this is wrong. what do we do. Shouldn't tne bldg's insurance pay as the shareholders ins already denied claim
I sit on the board of my Bldg. and we just passed an assessment to the shareholders that have caused quite a stir. I happen t agree with the shareholders but do not want to tell the board this.
Th cost is too high and the approach was wrong.
The job should be done on a lower scale and in phases. How do I get theother members of the board to change things before the assessments begin?
Thank you all for this good guidance.
We did everything suggested here: wrote the letters, sent digital photos, demanded (to no avail) the plumbers' report, requested mediation (but received no response), stated we would take legal action and finally consulted an attorney.
Our conclusions to date:
-We can't force the board remove the charge without taking the coop to court. Court & attorney fees would likely far outstrip the sum in question.
--We were advised, alternatively, to either file a claim with our homeowners' insurance, or to pay the charge and to try to recoup the funds in small claims court. In the latter case, we're afraid we'll find ourself unevenly matched, against the corporation's attorney.
Certainly seems to suggest a need for "abusive board" legislation.
Further suggestions very welcome!
You were right, all. The board refused. Looks like we're headed to court.
Thanks, anyway, for your good advice.
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