|Ownership Structure- What is the legal structure
of my development. Is is a co-op? a condo? a partnership? a non-profit? What are the legal
documents that define that structure? Where do I look in those documents for answers to
|Who is in Charge? - How is the Board elected?
What are the limits to their power? Who, if anyone, do they share power with? |
|Management - What is the
Manager's job? How do we supervise them? How do we tell if they are doing a good job or
not? How do we look for a new manager, if the time comes?|
|Physical Plant - What are the
basic physical systems of our development (electric, heat, etc)? What service arrangements
do we have for them? How long are they expected to last? How are they maintained?|
|Occupancy - What legal contracts (leases, etc)
do we have with residents? What do they say? What are our policies on late payment, pets,
parking, guests, subletting and other issues?|
|Fair Housing - What are the state and federal
fair housing laws that regulate us? How can current residents participate in resident
selection? What other areas of occupancy (besides selection) do Fair Housing laws apply
|Financial Management for Operations - Know how
to read and understand your annual budget, and your financial reports. What are your
fiduciary obligations as a Board? How can you tell when your development is in financial
|Financial Management for Planning - What
reserves do you have? Are they adequate? How are they funded? Whose permission do you need
to access them?|
|Conflict Resolution - Conflicts are important.
How can we use them to develop new ideas? How can we make sure they do not alienate Board
members? How can we resolve them peacefully? What has worked for other developments?|
|Effective Meetings - How can we make sure our
meetings go well? What are the 3 ingredients to every successful meeting? What we have too
much work to do? Who should chair the meeting? Do we need to take minutes?|
|Increasing Participation - How much participation is enough? How can you bring new people in? How is new leadership developed?|
For information on getting training that addresses these issues, contact organizations on the Resources page of this web (currently under construction).
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