Biggest Sources of Conflict in Buildings and HOAs

Management and legal professionals spill the beans on what makes for the most conflict in the communities they handle.
Is it noise? Uneven enforcement of rules? Interpersonal conflict? Find out what the biggest sore spots tend to be in buildings and HOAs. 

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  • My buyer in great neck submitted an application to the Mgt company on 9/21/16. The board did not meet in Oct. nor have they scheduled a meeting in Nov. What recourse do I have to move the process?
  • I have some nice examples of the biggest conflicts of interest. One woman runs for vice president of the board just so that she can sell her unit to anyone who can give her the cash that she's yearning for. The president, since he will eventually will do the same thing, goes along with it. After she sells in 8 months the co-op president sends a unanimous letter to all the shareholders saying only that the vice president "retired" Now the co-op president is selling, under a cloud though. Not so fast, not so fast. Nice examples, no?
  • Here's a super conflict of interest for you. I live in a 55-unit HDFC coop that has been self-managed since it was converted from a rental to a coop more than 10 years ago. The shareholders who we vote to be volunteer board members are the same people we (the coop) pay to be the management. Every one of our board five members receives monthly payments for services to help manage the building - and, of course, they determine how much they should be paid. They won't say how much they each get or what services they provide or answer any of my questions about the business of our coop. We just received the 2017 audit and the "management fee" was over $98,000 and this does not include the salary we pay the porter, or the outside bookkeeper and auditor. Goes without saying, but I don't vote for any shareholder who will be a volunteer board member and accept payment to be part of the management team.