We have moved into a house where there are condo fees. It's a golf course community for "older people." However in the part where we have moved on "the hill," there are a lot of younger people our age in their 50's and a lot of people are still working. So the demographics of the estate as a whole are starting to change. There are also a range of dwelling from apartments, to townhouses, to semi-detached homes and detached homes. All are well built and all are privately owned. Each "phase" has their own board of directors to help oversee their phases concerns and problems and to make sure people stick to the rules and regulations of the condo corporation.
So far so good.....
Now as we have never lived in a condo situation all this is new and foreign to us. Plus remember we had very few neighbours and none at close quarters in our last house. So to say this has been a learning experience wouldn't be a lie. As with any estate/subdivison you have a wide range of people from all backgrounds and with different expectations of what should or shouldn't go on.
Despite the fact we are all adults, some days it does feel as though you are back in the school yard, with all the gossiping and sometime subtle bullying that goes on. The rumor mill is rampid and it doesn't take you long to figure out who is who and what is what.
There has been an issue in our phase but due to the fact we don't have a board of directors, the situation hasn't been sorted out. I am pleased to say it has NOTHING to do with me or dh, but I know all about it and refuse to be dragged into the situation.
We will finally have our phase meeting on August 7th and we will be able to elect a board of directors as luckily more than 5 people have put their names forward. Now one of those names in mine. I know why on earth would I want to get involved. It is however quite amusing how this has all come about, as there seem to be two different "camps" and I have been asked by both camps to put my name forward.
As I said to dh who knew I was so bloody popular!! I guess they don't know me that well...yet!! I warned both camps that I was worried that I wouldn't be able to keep my mouth shut and I would not be afraid to tell people what's what. I personally have no time for personal agenda's, whining and people tittle-tattling, but they still wanted me to put my name forward. So I thought what the hell, at least it won't be too stuffy on the board if I am elected. Between me and you I would be very shocked if anyone voted for me......well other than dh...he had better vote for me.
So roll on August 7th, I can't wait to see what happens at this meeting. Are any of you on a condo board? Any tips or hints? I am not fussed either way if I am elected or not, I just wanted to make sure the candidates HAD to give a speech telling us all why they want to be on the board.