Homeowner Forum – How to Effectively Conduct One Without Having the Meeting Go Off the Deep End
Every member or board meeting contains an agenda item that is nearly impossible to prepare for – homeowner forum. This is the opportunity where homeowners are given an opportunity to address the Board of Directors or their fellow homeowners on topics relevant to the community. Of course, every person would like this agenda item to comprise of an orderly dialogue. However, we all know that it can also spiral out of control. Below is a helpful article from a community manager on the best practices a community association can employ to ensure an effective homeowner forum. Some of the highlights includes:
Set a time limit for each homeowner which should be uniformly applied;
Allow those owners on the agenda to speak first. Then, if there is time remaining, open up the floor to additional comments; and
Refrain from discussing specific violations.