Dear Dinosaur: The management company at our HOA won’t let the members propose anything for the agenda of the annual meeting. They say only the board can make the agenda. How in the world can the owners get to discuss something at an association meeting that the board president may not want to talk about if they have so much control?
Answer: It is not uncommon for state law to give the board full power to manage an HOA or condominium association. Owner/member rights may be limited to electing directors and officers, removing them if cause arises, and approving the budget. You will have to check your state law and bylaws to find out if this is correct. You might also want to contact your state chapter of the Community Associations Institute for information, and consult an attorney.
Of course you also have the option of informing the board of your concerns by writing to them, gathering other owners to sign on. Good luck!
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