AGM: Apathy, Gossip and Mutiny
The AGM is often the most important meeting of the year for a condominium. The AGM provides the owners with valuable information about the condominium's affairs with presentations from the auditor, board, management, and other professionals. It also gives owners an opportunity to voice their concerns or ask general questions about issues that might be important to them, like upcoming repair projects, parking, or landscaping. Finally, the AGM allows owners to be involved in important decisions, such as electing directors or passing a new by-law. Most AGMs go off without a hitch and everyone goes home happy and informed. Some, however, are long and arduous battles that leave people more confused than when they started. The battles are often caused by apathy, gossip or mutiny. Apathy A growing concern for many condominiums is apathy among owners. Many of the owners just don't seem to care about the condominium's affairs. While apathy is often associated with younger owners, it seems to infect people of all ages. Symptoms include:
- low attendance at meetings even when serious issues are on the agenda;
- problems achieving quorum year after year;
- inability to pass by-laws or approve other important business; and
- elections by acclamation are the norm and/or arms are normally twisted to fill all of the vacant positions on the board.
- Secret owners' meetings or emails where board members, management, and board supporters are not invited to participate;
- Anonymous notices posted around the building with unproven allegations about the board and management; and
- Calls from owners reporting lies they head from other owners.
- Complaints of owners harassing or deceiving owners to obtain proxies;
- Allegations of fraudulent proxies or tampering;
- Owners engaging their owner lawyer to attend the meeting; and
- Frequent interruptions at the meeting.