I live in a new condo in Brooklyn, where I stepped down from the three-person board because of issues with the other two. They always acted in unison and excluded me from discussions, eventually stripping me of my ability to email owners from our Microsoft Teams account. The two announced that they were staying on several months past the expiration of their terms, delaying the annual meeting and election. We finally submitted a petition to remove them, which they rejected because they claimed our bylaws state that the petition must include the date, time, and location of the special meeting when the bylaws actually say that the notice of the special meeting must include all three (our petition only included date and time).
As we approached the annual meeting, they introduced a proposed amendment to the bylaws that would increase the size of the board to five, knowing that there were only three other people running at the time. I helped to ensure that owners were aware of their activities and the amendment failed and the two were ousted from the board.
The problem is that they have refused to provide the new board access to our investment and banking accounts, along with a host of other items, like condo Amex cards they had taken out, contracts, and vendor information. They deleted all of their emails and removed the payment info from our Microsoft Teams account as well, which led to its cancellation.
Any advice for forcing these two to hand over access to these materials? We're obviously concerned they're hiding something. It's insane.
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