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HOA board votes to exempt themselves from paying monthly fees

Posted on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 @ 05:51 AM
hoa feesBoard members in our HOA have voted that they can exempt themselves from paying monthly fees. They based this on a small HOA bylaw addition which said that members will be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses; i.e., they bought the soda for a party. Now the have increased the fees (this is an HOA not a CONDO) to $205.00 based on using a nearby Condo community as an example. We do not have beautiful park land, great facilities, or anything else here. I have lived here for 36 years and have seen the place go downhill in an ugly way. Is it legal for this HOA board to exempt themselves from paying fees? We did not vote on this as a community, it was done in a closed board meeting. Thanks for your help.

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You stated "Now the have increased the fees (this is an HOA not a CONDO) to $205.00 based on using a nearby Condo community as an example." 
What do your bylaws say about home owners receiving payment? Did your board members make an official change in the bylaw? 

posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 7:28 AM by Victor

There are enough perks that the HOA boards gets without passing anything to get out of paying their monthly dues and raising the dues of others. If they want to get paid for services than they certainly can make the $205 a month with a part time job at McDonald's. How dare anyone who is on a HOA board think they should not pay maintenance. This is dishonest and so unethical that I can't believe that someone thinks it is okay. Shame on your HOA board of directors. Tell them to resign and elect people who don't think they need free maintenance. It is really a shame that USA citizens would have to stoop so low for $205 a month. Our United States government should have realized that not all people are honest. There should be a federal fine for HOA board members who think they are entitled to anything free. I am disgusted by your HOA who made you have to write this question.

posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 7:31 AM by Chilly

Download a copy of ypur State's Condominium Act. Read it and yopu'll find your answer. Thias law takes precedence over you JHOA bylaws.rom what little info you posted I'\d say that their action violates your state laws. Further their action is grounds for impeacjhing them and installing a new and honest board.

posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 8:00 AM by Charles Adler

When I first came on to our Condo Board I noticed a provision in our docs or by-laws that Directors could vote themselves a fee... Most likely the Developers thought that they should have a fee as long as they served. No one remembers anyone taking a fee--but it was in our bylaws... 
..So I conducted a campaign to get 75% of 400 unit owners to rescind that feature. No fee for Directors. --Funny, it wasn't easy. But finally we got the fee provision invalidated. However, now that I have been serving for a few years I can see the justification for paying a fee. This is hard work...(But, seriously, I never would ask for a fee.) But it is harder work than I imagined.

posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 5:36 PM by Michael E Katz

I need to know if there is a law of HOA of the florida, where say: 
Only those unit owners who are current on their home owner association fees are permitted to cast a vote in a amendment by laws.

posted @ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 2:47 PM by Yaury Rojas

Check your state condo act: many specifically state that serving on the board of an HOA is a volunteer position and one CANNOT receive pay for the position. Any items purchased for meetings (pizza & pop to encourage attendance or because meetings are held at dinner time) are reimbursable with a RECEIPT which the treasurer should process.

posted @ Saturday, September 18, 2010 3:02 PM by csl

In regard to your statement on votine. I don't know your state law but in many states all residents in attendance at a Board meeting are allowed to vote. YES REnters have the right to vote in selected states. Remember their quality of lifwe in your building is affected just as your's is.

posted @ Saturday, September 18, 2010 3:06 PM by Charles Adler

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