Q: I am considering running for a seat on my HOA board. We are a community of about 80 homes. I am concerned about my indemnity as a board member. I tried to find a clause in my bylaws, but I can’t seem to locate wording that speaks directly to that. Our HOA property manager directed me to Chapter 47F of the North Carolina General Statutes (the NC Planned Community Act), but I still don’t see any language that would prevent a lawsuit from being directed toward me personally for action I take as a director of the HOA. Can you shed some light on this?
When board members find themselves faced with a conflict of interest, it can derail an entire association – that’s why it’s so important for board members to nip these types of problems in the bud before trouble begins.
According to court documents, the 700 S. Brentwood Condo Association is suing Shaw Credit Investments and Shaun Hayes, its director/registered agent, for breach of contract concerning a settlement the two made in November.
Authors: Community Associations Network National
Why do directors have a fiduciary duty?
A fiduciary duty arises out of a relationship in which one person or entity is entrusted to control the decisions or interests of another. For example, the common estate planning device of an inter vivos trust sometimes provides for a lending institution to be the trustee and to control the funds within the trust. In such a relationship, the lending institution would be a fiduciary and have fiduciary duties to the beneficiaries of the trust. Similarly, the board of directors of a homeowners’ association exercises control over the affairs of its membership, and based on this special relationship, the directors of the association owe a fiduciary duty to its members. Most jurisdictions have either enacted statutes or have specific case law on point which provides that directors of non-profit corporations are fiduciaries.