Condo hater, (love your name), I am with you. Furthermore, call a locksmith.
Also, from having experience with a similar situation (board breaking the LAWS of the STATE), the HOA insurance will not protect them if they are knowingly and illegally breaking the law and those bully board members can be personally sued. Knowing what I now know, I would 1. Change the locks (you OWN THE UNIT). 2. Rent out the unit or pull a 'condo hater' switch. 3. SUE THEM. So sorry, but I would if they pushed me.
If you do not PUSH BACK now, they will continue to choke you. They are all p.o.'s because you bought at a fire sale and they did not. They are trying to hurt you financially. Don't let them. What they're doing is completely WRONG and illegal.
Thank you so much for your comments. I actually wrote approximately 60 other owners and explained my issue. I told them that I did not want to sue my neighbors, but that the board’s actions were forcing me to do so.
Even though, I needed to stay in Denver for surgery, I flew to Miami for the board meeting.
During the board meeting I asked for a vote. They refused. They said that they were going to contact their attorney for an opinion.
The board President told me to wait until the week after (this week) for an answer.
This week I approached him and he said that they were still waiting for a response from their attorney. I asked, why don't they take a vote? He said that maybe they should force the issue against the 2 other board members. However, during the board meeting he stated that they had considered a vote, but because I wrote other owners to complaint about the board that they changed their mind. There are 3 out of the 5 board members who are reasonable. However, it is beyond my comprehension why they would not force the issue now. Why would they risk getting sued, when that would mean that they would have to pay their attorneys, my attorneys, my loss of rental income and multiple punitive damages against the building, individual board members and employees. Are they that arrogant that they think they can win even while breaking the law. Or, are they just lazy and don’t want to do their own research after I spoon fed them the whole court case.
These arrogant people forget that the only reason they were ever on the board is because in the past no one wanted to volunteer to be a part of the board. Two of them have stated to me that they are above the law. They stated this with other witnesses present.
The President of the board asked why I had not contacted them first before sending an email to others. I explained that I sent him emails which he did not reply. He said that I had contacted another board member and he did not reply because I had already been in contact with the other board member.
During the meeting I told him that my multiple contact attempts for him were a month before and he did not reply. I also left multiple messages with the building’s office for him to call me. The office said that they gave him the messages but she cannot force him to respond.
So now I am confused as to why they want me to wait for a response. I am being a nice guy, by not suing them. I am choosing not to sue in order not to hurt my neighbors and not to hurt the members of the board. I think in their muddled way of thinking, they are under the impression that they may be right.
All the laws are on the internet and I provided them with half of the case in writing. I did this in an attempt to save the building (my neighbors) money and to avoid the individual board members and employees from being on the losing end of an expensive lawsuit. They must think that they have some power which they don’t. It would be so easy for them to check the law.
Who knows what is in their heads.
For the person who commented that they must have something against me. I am not sure what they could have against me. I bought my condos cheaper than most other condos. Maybe that is what they are angry about. However, the whole state of Florida has bargains. I chose to buy here because I already owned one condo and since there were foreclosures which were not paying monthly dues, I thought I would help by buying more units. That is why I now own 5 in the same building.
Or maybe they don’t like me because I am gay. During the meeting someone stood up and said something about me not getting laid by a girl blah blah blah. And then someone else stood up and said that I should go back from where I came from.
Or maybe some of the board members are mad at me because I have a service animal. I have had 23 surgeries in the last 3.5 years so 3 of my doctors gave me letters stating that I could have a service animal.
Or maybe they are mad because the last condo I bought owed $50,000 and their attorneys sent an estoppell letter to the bank that the legal amount was $15,000. This is a fight between the foreclosure bank and the building, not me. I explained during the board meeting that whether I had bought it or anyone else had bought it, the amount the building got would be the same.
Or maybe they are this way with everyone and I just happen to be the only one smart enough to write everything that they say down. I have kept records of all their actions.
Either way, it just does not make sense. During the meeting there were normal reasonable owners who were on my side and stated that if we have so many foreclosures that it would be better for the building to facilitate these condos to be sold, not to make it harder. There were also owners who commented that the board lied to me and that I should just live with it. The President of the board even admitted during the meeting that he had promised to me that I would be allowed to rent it.
So I am just confused. I think on Monday I will have to hire a lawyer.