Success Depends Upon Cooperation Community association board members and managers are responsible for carrying out business that protects literally millions of dollars worth of real estate. Daily problems arise that range in magnitude and importance, but all require sound business judgment to resolve....
How do we as humans deal with people who yell and scream at us or refuse to be rational? You know the type, adversarial, manipulative, inflexible, unreasonable, irrational. For most people, the answer is “We don’t”. If given the choice, most of us choose not to work with people like this. We don’t socialize with them, we avoid them at work if possible, and we make our own lives easier by simply ignoring them whenever we can.
Save money. Build community. Use volunteers. But consider the risks and shortcomings first.
A kindly retired neighbor crafted a small wood shelter for the children who shivered in the Colorado elements as they waiting for the school bus each morning. A grateful association board thought it would be a good idea to make sure the man was insured in case something went wrong. The insurance agent said, “Whoa.”
Last year, the N.C. legislature appointed the House Select Committee assigned to gather input from the public and recommend changes to laws that affect HOAs. The committee held several public hearings last year, and we saw some legislation passed – House Bill 165, which I discussed in my Aug. 19 column found here: bit.ly/pPRA4K.
The committee held another public meeting again this week to seek input from homeowners on what changes, if any, are needed to the laws governing HOAs. Some 45 homeowners from across the state spoke at the meeting – some were board members, others were simply concerned homeowners.