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Running for Your HOA Board in Florida? Here’s What to Know

Running for your condo or homeowners’ association board in Florida is a great way to actively participate in your community’s decision-making processes. If you’re ready to make a run for it, here are some things to know to help you prepare a successful campaign and serve effectively if elected.

Preparing for Board Elections

HOA board members have numerous responsibilities. If you’re going to serve, you need to be familiar with them. That includes knowing the ins and outs of your association’s CC&Rs and bylaws. In these documents you will not only learn about board member eligibility (for example, can a husband and wife both serve on their board?) but also rules related to how the HOA needs to run. These are both critical to planning an effective campaign and building your platform. 

A successful campaign run is also predicated on your participation in current and future HOA activities. Demonstrate your commitment by attending board meetings prior to elections and networking with fellow condo owners. This will provide insight into the current issues, allow you to see how meetings are conducted, and show you the general atmosphere of decision-making within the board. It will also help you identify and articulate your motivation for running.

Lastly, you also need to be attentive to deadlines. Be aware of when your association’s annual meeting is and ensure that you have all required documents and your notice of intent submitted prior to the deadline.

Serving Effectively Once Elected

Once elected, be prepared to work collaboratively with fellow board members. Respect differing opinions, maintain open communication, and always act in the best interest of the community. Be sure to also investigate certification requirements. Our firm regularly hosts board certification courses to ensure you have the training you need to successfully serve on your Florida HOA. Contact us to learn more about continuing education opportunities and ask your questions about serving on your association’s board of directors. 

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