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    Can I be lawfully removed from my condo meeting?

    At Board and Annual Meetings of our Condominium in Maryland I have been threatened with removal and arrest by our Association's property manager when I have used Robert's Rules such as "Point of Order" and Point of Information" in attempts to gain the floor.

    Our meetings are held in a public library but they are not open to the general public.

    Can I lawfully be removed from the meeting or arrested for my actions? And what recourse - if any - do I have?

    Does HOA board need to disclose minutes to owners?

    Is the HOA board required to show minutes for any Executive Board meetings?

    Financial info withheld from condo board meeting minutes

    Our condo association posts the minutes of the monthly board meetings on the bulletin boards in each of our 20 buildings. Can any part of the actual business conducted at the meeting be eliminated from the minutes that are posted, such as invoices that have been approved for payment? I've lived in this complex for 30 plus years, and the financial information has always been part of the posted minutes.


    What makes a quorum for HOA executive session?

    What constitutes a board quorum for executive session? Our board is 7 members however 2 have recently resigned.  If board holds an exec session meeting and need quorum (50%?) will that be 3 members (50% of 5) or 4 members (50% of 7). I could not find answer in either Condo Property Act or our By-Laws. Also I believe our By-Laws are quite outdated.


    Voters change their minds about HOA bylaws

    Special meeting is called to chagne bylaws, notices are sent out.  Now at that meeting some want further changes. Can that be done? What about previous notice, some probably did not attend and advised their proxy to vote in a certain way based on the info they received in the notice.


    Can condo association have a proxy for the annual meeting?

    We have 3 options on our proxy for the annual meeting. 1) appoint someone as proxy 2) have Board vote on homeowners behalf 3) "I do not want anyone to cast a vote on my behalf" The 3rd is confusing to many members. Should it not state specifically that this option is for quorum only, so that one know exactly what they are signing?

    Disorganized HOA meetings becoming a problem

    Our small Condo in Maryland consisting of less than 30 units, holds annual/election meetings where Robert's Rules are not followed although they are called for in our Association's  bylaws and our Property Manager effectively takes over our meetings. This leads to sheer anarchy during our meetings, and to threats of adjourning our meetings and me being arrested when I try to get acknowledged by the meeting chair by using Robert's Rules and calling out Point of Order, Point of Information, etc. as allowed by our bylaws.

    HOA annual meeting questions

    My question is, regarding the annual meeting, where the community can elect people to the Board - I do understand that the management company sends out a letter to all owners, a few months ahead of time, with a resume to complete, if he/she would like to be on the ballot. There is a deadline by which it must be submitted; the mgmt then sends copies of all candidates' resumes (including current BOD members who wish to serve another term) to the community, so they may know who is desiring to help run their community. My question is this - at the meeting, are we required to "open the floor for nominations"? This has caused a lot of problems in the past, as persons who did not take the time to fill out their statement of candidacy, have simply raised their hand at the meeting and wound up on the Board. I do not think this is fair to the owners, who deserve to know something more about these owners who decide at the last minute to "hey, give it a try", and turn out to not be serious about volunteering and being able to work with others. Thanks; BTW, yes, I am the "lucky one" who gets to "preside" over the meetings!


    I can't get minutes from our past HOA board meetings

    For years, our management company has sent me copies of passed minutes of board meetings. I said something they did not like and now he refuses to send the minutes to me. Again, they are old and passed minutes. Is this a FOI issue? 


    Why does condo association need a quorum at annual meeting?

    Our new association manager stated at our recent annual meeting that our quorum requirement (33 1/3 percent of association members) could be based on members in "good standing", and delinquent members could be excluded.  Using this formula, she was saying we needed 27 members present to conduct business per our bylaws, not 33 as we have always required.  Can the quorum requirement be lowered using this type math?  Any comments?  

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