Many HOA board members do not realize how time-consuming a position on the board is until after they have committed to their new position. It is difficult to juggle a professional life and home life while fulfilling the duties that are required of a board member. In some cases, the board of directors will hire a management company to take care of everything so they can be completely removed from the day to day decision making activities. Unfortunately. this is not possible.
The board members of an association have a fiduciary duty to the member homeowners, and part of this duty is to make decisions in the best interests of the community. They cannot do so if they are not involved in the management of the association. When they accepted a position on the board of directors, they agreed to be involved and protect the community and their neighbors. As those responsible as per the governing documents, the board of directors are the only people within the association who have the power to decide what is best for the association. Decisions cannot be made by the community manager as they have no authority to do so, except in cases of emergency when the board is unavailable.
The community manager is there to make sure the day to day management of the association is followed through upon and to offer advice as to the best course of action. This also includes implementing the decisions made by the board of directors. The community manager’s experience will help the board of directors if they have questions. Many situations have been addressed before, if not by the property manager themselves, by one their colleagues. The shared best practices within Cedar ensure our clients accurate and rapid information.We want every community to succeed and do our very best to assist, but in the end the power lies in the hands of the board of directors.