Do you have to pay condo fees if condo board does not follow guidelines?


Apparently, your question implies that using your leverage by not paying your assessments will change the behaviour of the board. This is not a valid assumption.

Read your governing documents to better understand your options.

Your monthly assessments pay the bills for operating the community. The bills may include basic utilities, maintenance and upkeep of the buildings and the grounds, master insurance policy premium payments and contributions to your reserve accounts.

If you don't pay your assessments, your association can pursue you to recover the debt, and may file a lien on your title, deny you services or access to amenities, or as a last resort, sell your unit to recover the money you owe.

Your board is legally liable under the laws of your state to operate your (non-profit) corporation and govern your private democracy according to the guidelines written in your governing documents.

Attend board meetings and be prepared to identify specific sections of your CC&Rs, By-laws and Board Resolutions that your board violates. Then, write a letter to the board pointing out their violation and request that the matter be handed at the next board meeting.

At the subsequent board meeting, request that the board vote to either operate according to the guidelines, or continue to operate in violation of them. Request that the vote be taken and recorded in the minutes.

This way, you'll begin to build a paper trail of the board's violations. Most board members soon realize the gravity of their violations and begin following the guidelines. Otherwise, you can rally similarly affected owners and by way of a vote of owners -- your governing documents state the percentage required -- remove the board and vote new members into the positions.