Dealing With HOA Member Apathy When Action, Approval or Consents Are Needed

Member apathy with respect to the activities and affairs of community associations is a common problem in the operation of homeowners associations. A lack of involvement or participation by homeowners often makes it impractical or impossible to secure needed member actions, approvals, or consents. To deal with the problems associated with member apathy, most states have incorporated provisions into their statutes that provide for such things as flexible voting, and voting by proxy or written ballots. As a last resort, state laws have provisions for court intervention into internal association affairs.