Rein in Unruly Board after Abuse of Power Is Discovered

March 26, 2015
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What should you do when your association's board doesn't act in the best interest of the community, fails to treat homeowners fairly, or doesn't conduct business ethically? A board member code of conduct can eliminate unprofessional behavior by providing for the removal of corrupt board members and including information that board members can use as a guide for acting in the best interests of the community again. A good code of conduct should, at the very least, define the personal behavior board members are expected to adhere to and specify what will happen to board members who violate the code. Consider explaining expectations when it comes to the following issues:

·         Communication and official information;

·         Fraudulent and corrupt behavior;

·         Use of public resources;

·         Record keeping and use of information; and

·         Conflicts of interest.  

For more tips on how to handle an abuse of power by the board, and for a model of a board member code of conduct that you can adapt, see "Use Board Member Code of Conduct to Eliminate Unprofessional Behavior," available to subscribers here.