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 It seems that there has been a shift in the Property Management industry toward holding quarterly Board of Directors meetings, instead of monthly or bi-monthly Board of Directors meetings. This maybe satisfactory for Home Owners Associations, whose main responsibility is to care for ponds, signs, and fences, along with architectural guide lines of the community and small townhome or condo associations. This is not to say that the work they do is not important, they just don’t need monthly or bi-monthly meetings to accomplish their goals.

Quarterly meetings are not acceptable for mid-sized or large Condo and Townhome Associations. Board Meetings should be held every month or at a minimum, every other month. The Property Manager should be in attendance at each meeting of the Board. A good Property Manager has the expertise, knowledge and experience that will prove beneficial to the Board of Directors when making their decisions. On the other hand in order for the Property Manager to do their job properly, they have to know the Board of Directors policy’s and rules inside and out, and the thinking behind the Boards decisions.

It is never a good idea, to have the Property Manager going in one direction, while the Board of Directors is going in an entirely different direction. That’s exactly what will happen if the Property Manager does not attend Board of Directors meetings. You can’t just phone in the results of a Board of Directors meeting to the Property Manager and expect excellent results. If you do, you will be disappointed with the results.

Property Managers have to be on the same page as the Board of Directors, they do this by attending meetings and listening to the Board of Directors. If you have a Property Management Company or a Property Manager that does not believe that attending Board of Directors meetings is important, then they are in the wrong business and you should find a new manager or management company.

Your Board of Directors may be breaking the law, if the Board is making decisions and signing contracts with suppliers or contractors, before an affirmative vote of the Board of Directors at a meeting. These decisions must be made at an open meeting of the Board of Directors, where proper notice of the meeting has been given to the owners. In addition your insurance may not cover the decisions made outside of a duly called meeting. If your Board is doing this, you should have your Board policies reviewed by your association’s attorney and your insurance agent. Any suggestions or comments e-mail me at jameskrech@pmgrs.com   Author, James T. Krech

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