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Developer trying to keep control over HOA board

Our HOA is quite small, located in Michigan with only 5 homeowners at the present time. I say that as the developer has 2 vacant lots that have been for sale since 2005. At our annual HOA meeting we got into a huge disagreement with him over the issue of what is considered a unit. Our understanding is a unit is an enclosed structure, his argument is that, "in a developers world the 2 vacant lots are considered units". The reason this came up was he wants to have 2 votes, 1 each for the vacant lots that are in his sons name. Also, he had a representative (his real estate agent) attend the meeting to cast his votes. To complicate this even more, our President allowed him to join in on the meeting by telephone.
Our by laws clearly state that a homeowner has to attend a meeting in order to cast a vote. With that being said, what is the correct definition of a "unit". Also, is it permissible to allow him any voice by telephone and do we have to allow his real estate agent in our meeting acting as his representative to cast his votes? I might add also that neither the developer or the real estate agent own a home in our subdivision.

Any and all comments are gratefully appreciated ASAP as we are looking to have a special called meeting to remove the current President from office because he is nothing but a "puppet" of the developer. Also, we don't need the developer on the telephone during this meeting as nothing will be accomplished due to him talking constantly. We just want to make sure that our ducks are in the right rows so we have answers to fight back with
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New HOA's first move - terminate property management contract

Our HOA has just been turned over to the community from the builder. The association was controlled by a third party management company. We currently have 60 homes in the association with another 30 being added over the next year. Our current budget is around $40k. We do not have any current structures to maintain and very little common area. We do have 3 retention ponds and a small wetlands area. I am currently a new member of the board . The other board members want to immediately cancel the agreement with the management company and run the association on our own. I would like to hear the pros and cons of this decision from other HOA’s who have gone through this process. Current management fee is $6,000 and we are an Ohio association.
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Developer behind move to collect old assessments from condo unit owners

My husband and I and four other groups make up 33% of a professional condominium association. The remaining 67% is owned by the developer. There was a merge 20 months ago and now the "new" majority has decided to go back 6-10 years and collect for common areas assessments that for 33 years were never passed on to us. Can they or anyone else for that matter threaten to take you to court for charges that you were never billed for (and still haven't been billed for them) and after 20 months of threaten to put liens on our practices. Can they do this! We have retained legal counsel for this matter, however, they are sitting on their hands. I think they are intimidated by who the 67% represents. Can you give me some idea if they can go back 6-10 years and bill us for something that we never knew we owed. Please help...this has become a nightmare...they are holding this over our head and continue to threaten us with liens and forcing us to sell them back our units to mitigate what "they" think we owe.

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Can our new HOA get a developer transition audit?

Where can I learn about the meaning and scope of a developer transition audit. One CPA firm said it was getting audited opinions for prior years "Review prepared" financial statements. That can't be correct. Its has to be more of a special accounting review (sort of forensic) of developer books and records by an accounting firm well versed in transition matters.

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Condo association is headed for "de-conversion"

Has anyone dealt with a association going thru a "de-conversion"? We have an apartment in Chicago that we are renting. We have seen notices of this de-conversion posted for the owners to come to meetings about it. I would think the new owner has to honor any leases in place, but can we request a new, possibly longer (2 year) lease from our owner that the new owner would then have to honor? Have never seen or heard of a building going back to no condominium status. Being we are renters, no one is proving much info about the process, or where the tenants would stand. Any one dealt with this?
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Do we need a consolidated master deed for our condo project?

Is the developer required to file a consolidated master deed at the end of the project in Michigan?
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Does developer need to file a consolidated master deed?

Is the developer required to file a consolidated master deed at the end of the project in Michigan?
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Developer trying to control HOA board elections

Our condo association will be transitioning to owners in June from the builder. There are still only 26 residences out of 52 proposed, the rest are empty lots. The current management company, sent us all a letter telling us we must vote in new dirctors that day. They are working for the builder who has control of the current board. Can we on our own, ignore their letter, set up our own vote if all agree and elect our board, and then tell them about it after the fact? Do we have to go by the letter they sent us and ballot attached? any info you have on the transition is helpful as we are all clueless thanks

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Owner of vacant lots not paying HOA fees

We have a small HOA (5 occupied units to date) in Michigan, the developer resigned from being President at our last HOA meeting and nominated another homeowner (his “yes” man for some time) to fill his vacant position. We have 2 remaining lots that need to be sold, these lots are in his sons name of which he is not paying any dues on them. Our bylaws state that the developer does not have to pay dues until they are built on and the city has issued a “CoO”. These lots have been in his sons name for several years without any dues being paid (I’m sure it is because the ex- President was thinking he didn’t have to pay because he was the developer). 
Because he is not a landowner/homeowner, can we collect dues from his son, whose name appears on the city tax rolls? The ex-President is a VERY unscrupulous, devious individual that likes to bully everyone and will go out of his way to make everyone's life miserable.
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Developer wont give up control of HOA

I am in a 11 unit association. The developer sold four units but now refuses to sell anymore.  He keeps total control and banks will not finance purchases because it is over 50% builder owned.  He refuses to pay any HOA fees because he wrote a rule that he does not have too until he only owns one unit (he never will since he won't sell anymore). He uses the HOA account to pay all repairs for his units too, etc....
A friend said he has to pay HOA fees if he does not have any units listed for sale? Is this true?  That would mean he owes over $100k in back fees and the rest of us will go to court.  We can put liens on his units and take care of this.  We are in South Carolina.
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