Our building’s proprietary lease does not permit any handouts at any time to shareholders, e.g.: under apartment doors, in the lobby, on the property, etc.
The existing board when it runs for reelection, although there has been some turnover, e.g.: on person per year over the last five years (seven person board) posts the names of all incumbents who are running again and all who have submitted their names for consideration on the building’s bulletin board and then it puts a letter under all apartment doors with the same information, including a brief resume of each person running for the board.
As I wish to run for office, I have asked the board for permission to put campaign information under the doors.
The board’s response to multiple requests has been that the proprietary lease does not permit any distribution of materials at any time.
In fairness, the board does not lobby for reelection via any materials under any apartment doors. Rather, shareholders who are aligned with the existing board members will solicit shareholders, but these folks do not distribute any information.
My alternative is mailings to the shareholders.
The building does not have a regular newsletter with chit/chat items. In fact, there is no co-op newsletter. Rather the president of the board, a member of the board, the board itself will distribute information pertinent to taxes, assessments, maintenance costs, capital expenditures, insurance, etc.
Notices regarding the annual shareholder meeting are mailed as required by the proprietary lease.
Sometimes, information such a fire alarm tests, elevator tests, AC plant activation, heating system activation, pool applications, health spa annual membership, etc. are posted in each floor’s elevator lobby.
What are my options without violating the proprietary lease?
Introduce yourself to other members of Board Talk! Log in below or register here.
Board Talk members who registered prior to March 9th, 2016 will need to reset their password.
Habitat U: learn about how to manage a building, and what you should know as a co-op or condo board member.
Search, by word or phrase, all magazine articles from January 2002 to present. You may print or email your results. Print subscribers receive free access to the Habitat Article Archive.