Nonowners should not be discounted
Q: In your column, you said the condominiums could not restrict nonowners from attending board meetings. Does that include HOA?
A: Unless your documents restrict nonowners from attending board meetings, the statutes do not have such restrictions. It would apply to all types of associations.
The laws do not restrict nonowners from attending board meetings. The board could restrict them from speaking at board meetings but I cannot see any reason to restrict this class of people from attending. Some landlord-owners ask their renters to attend to provide ears for them about the business of the association. Communications are a key to the operations and management for the association members.
What you are discussing is a class of residents. Here is the news: Some renters have experiences that can help with problems. Do not discount them just because they are not owners.
Let authorities handle criminals
Q: In the last couple of years I have been struggling to remove dangerous people that have moved into the condominium community. They traffic in narcotics and some have been involved in violent acts. What makes this so hard is that many are on Section 8 programs or they are adult children of owners living with their parents. I am on a mission to solve this problem. Should I engage an attorney to help solve this nasty problem?
A: I would suggest that you contact your local police or the state attorney's office and give them the information you have so that professional criminal investigators can take action. Do not attempt to solve the problem alone as these people could take revenge.
I do not think an attorney alone can help to evict these residents. You need to review your documents to see if they have specific requirements for residency and that would be a basis for eviction. It should be a board action.
What the board should do is try to have a more stringent screening process, and that will require the guidance of an attorney. It may also require a modification of the documents, and that will need the vote of the members and the guidance of an attorney.
Richard White is a licensed community associations manager. Write to him at 6039 Cypress Gardens Blvd., No. 201, Winter Haven, FL 33884-4115. Please include your name and city.