My homeowners association is not very active. Members in the small community do not show interest and the board has been in place for many, many years. A quorum has not been achieved in just as long. I have been here a couple years and have serious concerns. After looking over the budget, the treasure doubles some payments then reimburses the over payment a couple months later, or doesn't reimburse at all. No bank account is listed, and no interest is shown. Numbers don't add up on the accounting, the accounting shows more houses have paid than we actually have homes in the subdivision. We are paying 9k per year for collections, only to receive 3k in return. I have shown this to my accountant who said it looks like something illegal is going on. I have asked to be on the board, tried to get a quorum for the up coming annual meeting and members just don't care. The common area is a mess, and something stinks with the funds. I don't have money to hire an attorney, can I contact the law? I would like to question the treasure, however the annual meeting is always at her house. Its very difficult to confront someone in their own home, and she knows that. What can I do?
First, don't feel like you are the only one with these kinds of issues. I hear from owners regularly with similar kinds of issues with their HOA. (And no, I am not looking for work in St. Mary's. - too far away ) There are ways to deal with long term boards and lack of interest by the members, but it would take a review of your covenants and bylaws to determine exactly which ones may be available and effective in your community. The Georgia Non-profit Corporations Code and possibly your bylaws would have provisions allowing you to inspect the financial records, but some board resist. Other than trying to talk to your neighbors, including those that are on the board, and making yourself available to participate on the board, the only way to force action may be to hire an attorney. I wish I could offer you better guidance, but without the documents to review, only general suggestions are possible. Good Luck.
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