While most HOA boards operate smoothly without any worries of a board member behaving poorly or going “rogue,” occasionally you do need to address board member behavior. Any member or officer of an HOA board can be disciplined for conduct unbecoming of a board member.
Here are some examples of steps you can take if you have issues with an ill-behaving board member. We strongly recommend working with Tru-Star Management Solutions, LLC and our professional HOA consultants in Chandler, AZ if this ever becomes an issue for you:
- Figure out what the minimum standards are:
Your HOA’s bylaws should have information about the minimum standards for all board members, including attendance at a certain number of meetings and fulfillment of certain actions. A failure to meet these standards could justify a removal of the person in question from the board.
- Limit the authority of board members:
If you cannot remove a board member outright for any reason, you can at least mitigate the potential damage they can cause by removing them from officer positions or committees and taking other steps to limit their authority.
- Wait for their term to run out:
Sometimes taking action against a problematic board member could make matters even worse, especially if they have the support of the homeowners who voted them into office and who could become aggravated if you decide to take such action. However, all HOA board members have terms that run out, which means it might simply be in your best interest to wait until the board member’s term expires and work on getting another person to run for the Board of Directors during the next election.
- Request resignation:
If the board member is aware that there is a problem and wants to avoid being booted out of office, you can request that they submit a resignation letter. However, you should at least make sure that the board member is provided the opportunity to defend themselves before taking this step—they should be allowed to present evidence in their favor and show why, in their point of view, they should remain a member of the board.
- Removal requirements:
Most HOA bylaws that have stipulations about the removal process of board members. Be sure to check to see if there are any potential hurdles or challenges to removal in the bylaws, including information about what constitutes a quorum, whether you need to provide advance meeting notice, if there are any special meeting requirements that apply, and other situations that might affect the removal.
For more information about the steps you should take if you have a problematic board member, we encourage you to contact our team of professional HOA consultants in Chandler, AZ. We’re happy to assist you and answer any questions you have for our experts.