Saturday, January 25, 2014
WHY THE SMALL ASSOCIATIONS HAVE IT TOUGH
Is there a solution?
A lot of our small associations—those with 20 to 26 units—have it tough. They can’t find willing and able-bodied owners to be board members. The reason is not hard to find. It’s often a matter of simple arithmetic.
It isn’t uncommon for half the owners of units to be snowbirds. You can have some snowbirds on your board, but you need some on the scene year-round.
Unless your association does not permit renters, it’s not unusual for a number of owners to be landlords who live out of town.
Add to this, owners who are too elderly or infirm to serve on a board, a handful of owners who simply refuse to serve, and some who everyone knows would do a poor job, and by my arithmetic you could be down to zero, or less.
We are the only one of the four Century Villages to have so many (309) associations. It has been suggested by some that several small associations become one association: for example, all the Sheffields become one or two Sheffields. But how on earth would that work? It wouldn’t be fair from the day they combine to treat them all alike, because some have done a better job of maintaining their physical plant than others, and some have more money in reserves because they have been more prudent and charged more in dues.
An assembly of 309 (or is it more?) delegates makes for a very unwieldy UCO board of directors, too. I guess we all realize this.
With the drop in prices over the past few years, it has gotten worse, because more and more people are renting. And like it or not, the lower prices have resulted in more “problem” people moving in.
I wish I knew the answer to this problem.