Last night, I was at one of my Boston condo building association meetings. At the meeting a Boston condo owner was arguing about a citation he received for putting out his trash on Sunday night, not realizing that there would be no trash pick up Monday because of Columbus Day. As he was making his argument, it occurred to me that there is a right way and wrong way to present your case to a Boston condo board association. Here are a couple thoughts to remember:
1. Pay your fines and dues. Pay your fines (and/or dues) now, and contest them later. If you ignore the Boston condo association bills, not only will they begin to add up, but they likely will begin to accumulate additional late fees, penalties and/or interest.
2. Remember that most Boston Condo Board Members are unpaid volunteers. If you treat them with respect and kindness, you likely will get closer to your own goal. Remain professional, speak politely in cool and in collected tones. While it may feel good calling the Board members a variety of names, it will not help your cause. Instead, simply convey your position, any evidence you have to support your position, and what you actually want the Boston building condo association to do for you. This is not to say that you should avoid a show of strength. In fact, it is a good idea to make sure the Board knows that you intend to advance your position.
Lastly, make sure you have your facts straight. Watch this funny video clip on how Frazier Crane handled his complaint, but didn’t have his facts correct: