Condos in decline

A condo corporation is more than a real estate property; it is a community
consisting of a handful to a few thousand people. This community can decay morally and politically, as well as physically, and the effects can be just as bad, maybe worse.

Democracy's failing
Many condo owners will accept corruption, incompetence and sloth from management and the board provided that low monthly fee increases is their cut of the action.

This is the weakness of democracy. The only tools to fight a drive for low-fees is the directors' character and grit when standing up against the fee-cutters and the support from the majority of owners collectively in refusing to allow the low-fee mob drain the condo's treasury.

Moral decay
There is an ethical role that the board requires and this moral high ground is corrupted when the directors show contempt for democracy, dabble in petty corruption, act as Condo Nazis and show contempt or rudeness towards the owners. Engaging in election fraud or threatening owners with legal costs makes it much worse.

It is also common for a board not have the courage to stand up to the owners by stating that the condominium is a corporation that needs to pay its bills and have sufficient savings to pay for expensive repairs and replacements as they arise and the owners have to foot the bill.

Furthermore, if some owners do not want to pay or cannot afford to pay their fees, then they need to be told that they have to sell their units.

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