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First you should bring up your concerns with the rest of the owners and arrange for a meeting if your president is not willing or able to and take it from there. You want to involve them and make sure they share the same concerns.
Some things that I see all the time, solely because the board members are not motivated or simply don't have time to care for their buildings, are repairs sitting, no updates, facade and interior common areas that are beat up and not taken care of. All of these things in the end affect the value of your home and the investment of the others.
Best of luck and hope this helps!
The condo board is an extension of the residents. Your recourse is to organize as a group whan an issue becomes controversial and/or unresolved and present your concerns and recommendations as an organized unit.
There's always the option of running for the board as a means of advocating for your cause as well.
You can attempt to influence the Board by attending meetings and lobbying for change; you can even attempt to get elected to the Board.
It's essential to remember that being a Board Member is a volunteer position, that few Board Members have the training and background that someone who might be on a board of a larger company or non-profit might have, and that there can be an honest difference of opinion on what "serving the building" looks like - and we really can't adjudicate that here.
What I suggest, Rose, is that you become more involved. If your condo has professional property management, perhaps you can consult with your condo's manager about ways that you can effect change in your community.
All the best,
Is your building self-managed or is there a management company? With a management company the burden is more on them to make sure things are done right, but with the board approving things or not. A self-managed board is sometimes tougher to deal with.
Your bylaws and master deed should specify some sort of recourse. Being an owner you have the voting power to change board members, typically every year. If you're unsure as to what the bylaws specify, you may want to consult an attorney to review them and give you guidance.
I have suggestions of people you can speak with if you're interested. Just let me know.