Secrets On How to Overthrow Your HOA Board!

Real Estate Agent with Best Connections Realty

I have a good friend that I see on a regular basis that lives in my neighborhood.  He is currently in the process of getting rid of the current HOA board and cleaning the financial mess the HOA is in because of mismanagement and worse.

Most residents living under HOAs and condo associations are unaware that there is a wealth of help from the state government in Tallahassee including how to recall a vote, remove board members and even start a complete financial investigation if you suspect fraud or worse, criminal activity and theft.

Many HOAs have attorneys on the board with a vested interest in keeping the money-flow back to the law firm in the form of large retainers and ridiculous hourly rates for frivolous letters, suits, etc.  They need to be fired immediately, too.  The attorney works for the HOA, not the other way around.

The first thing a group of residents interested in replacing the board needs to do is a recall vote.  This entails getting each owner to sign a proxy vote and having a clear majority to remove the current board.  Once this is done, it's possible to balance the books, get new bona-fide bids for contracts, rescind frivolous suits against owners and more.

There have been many stories of arrests of HOA board members in the media lately.  Owners are completely fed up with the amount of fraud and payoffs going on in their associations.  As agents, we should support wholeheartedly the efforts of owners to bring these people to justice with the help of the State of Florida. 

The process takes time, effort and diligence, but it's well worth it in the end.  Millions of dollars are being squandered, stolen, and mismanaged.  Keep in mind how much easier it is to sell a home with a low/lower monthly HOA as compared to one that is ridiculously high.  Big difference!

Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton



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Comments (8)

Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Good advice for those living in a community with a problem HOA.

Jul 19, 2009 06:17 AM
Richard Dolbeare, R(B)
eXp Realty - Wailuku, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

We were successful in giving the boot to the president of our HOA.  It all boiled down to community outrage over personal vendettas plus the accompanying legal bills.

Jul 19, 2009 06:26 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

We can even get anyone on the board to replace!  It can really be a mess when you have apathetic homeowners.

Jul 19, 2009 06:27 AM
Kimble Bosworth
Proforma Printelligence - Nashville, TN

Thanks for posting this blog. HOA's are such a tough issue. I swear they bring out the high school in us all!  Oops - maybe we were more mature than that in high school.

Jul 24, 2009 12:57 PM
Scott Miller
Best Connections Realty - Boca Raton, FL

Hi Kimble,

It's much, much worse than high school.  In some instances, it can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars of the community's money.  That's money they could use for themselves, their mortgage, food, medicine whatever.  

Just do the math.  10% kickbacks on all work done in a community....the pool, landscaping, roof, asphalt, maintenace, capital improvements, hurricane windows and MORE.....that comes out to a TON of money.


Oct 07, 2009 02:04 PM
Hi Scott, I read a few other posts from you online and I am interested in bringing our homeowners together to get rid of the phase presidents and board members. We pay one association fee but each phase in our community has a different rate and different everything, like insurance, and other services. The hoa fees continue to go up and we are fed up. We know they are lying to us and we just request financial records to figure out where the money is going and how much each service/policy/whatever cost to the community really are. My question is, is the association has one board, and each of the five or six phases has another board, how can we rid o ur community of these egos and become one united community? Would each phase have to boot out the board members than vote on becoming one? Or what, is there any info you can direct me to?
Nov 08, 2013 01:18 AM
Karen Quinonez

Thanks for the article. There are 3 sections in my neighborhood. Our fees are low because we do not have amenities. Also, we do not have a real board because our last section is still. Being built. Once that happens my neighbor and I can run for the board and make changes.

Jul 10, 2019 07:03 PM

Our HOA board is waiving their dues (TN), paying a board member’s husband for all kinds of stuff, redirecting work to the board member’s husband, and God knows what else. Civil court is the only option in TN, and a board election, which is a tough situation. The thing is, they skirt the truth and while some people are outraged others do not seem to grasp they are ripping us off. They have nothing to do with their spare time but go around and bad mouth anyone who challenges them. There is a real feeling of hopelessness and being bullied. The board member’s husband even makes lewd gestures to us because we dared to ask them for financial details and challenge them. People feel intimidated. If they vote for a new board but lose, will they then be targeted by the old board? The state of TN leaves home owners in condo HOAs swinging in the wind. Our board does not follow the master deed and by laws, and they pass illegal amendments, like the one that waived their dues. We could probably sue, but this is of course expensive. What to do?

Aug 29, 2019 08:58 PM

We have a board her in Florida that 1st took over and the current president,( past president moved)which was not voted in decided to make herself president and whom else would be placed where. Now we are in July and our dues have gone up again $5 a month for so called admin fees. It has gone up Aprox $25 since I bought 3 plus years ago. They at some point fired our off site maintenance crew, which was a company which was insured. They did a wonderful job. They have since hire 2 friends of president and VP which live on property and are not maintaining property. We had a total of 28 lights out for over a month. Owners had to send in work orders, calls to manager of sentry, even to blasting out our community on social media (how embarrassing) to get their attention. Bulbs have been replaced. Now needing an electrician. Wow wonder when that will happen. BOD president has not been following HOA docs along with sentry management during meetings. Our Docs are from 1995 however never changed. I posted on our site the rules and what our rights are and they purposely disregarded me to speak until the end of the meeting. How do we get rid of this president and VP. They have no respect for the hone owners and the 2 other BOD members. Please help

Jun 03, 2020 02:15 PM