How to deal with disruptive home/condo owner in meetings

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams ELITE Realty
People ArgueDisputes among home or condo owners are common as they try to make their community a better place to live. But what if a certain owner continually disrupts meetings and even harasses other owners outside meetings? Situation sometimes gets counter-productive  when somebody is adamant about something he wants.

The solution actually on the hands of the one in charge like the association president, or the chairman of the board. This person of authority must beforehand lay down rules on how to properly communicate grievances. He or she should itemize behavior that is tolerable or  not  as part of their decorum, both in and outside of meetings. The chairman has the authority to put in sanctions on certain times the offense is committed, such as sending of written warnings or in worst cases, removal of the owner disrupting meetings. All he/she needs to do is to put up a proper document stating these rules with the help of the association body.

What if there is harassment involved after meetings? The chairman has to setup a procedure in handling harassment complaints in the community such as keeping track of incident reports. He will then have their legal counsel send a letter to the offending owner to stop such behavior. Property owners should also be reminded about their rights against harassment, which can be brought to proper authorities with the incident reports kept in file as evidence.

What if the letter fails and the situation escalates to more serious like verbal assaults? This will prompt the chairman to help the aggravated party to file a case to the local courts. The courts will have the power to order to both forbid the person’s behavior and post fines compensate on the psychological & emotional damages incurred in the complaint.
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The Josh Bath Team

Keller Williams Elite Realty


Comments (2)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Josh -- it's rare for these type of occurences but that's why the rules and bylaws of a homeowner association are very important for a prospective buyer to read and understand.   When you buy into a property with a HOA your not just buying that property but the community as well.  

Oct 12, 2011 05:51 PM
Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Thanks Josh, this is very important information to know. Everyone should have the right to live in peace without verbal abuse and harrasement by anyone....irregardless of  what this person's convictions are .

Oct 12, 2011 07:23 PM