Q. Our condo association continues to struggle with obtaining a quorum at our meetings. For those who do show up, it is a waste of their time and effort and it is very difficult to convince them to reconvene for another meeting. Is there anything that we can do legally at our meetings when we do not have a quorum?
A. We are approaching the time of year when associations will be meeting to approve budgets and elect new Directors, so the timing of your question is good. Poor attendance at association meetings is a common problem, particularly in communities that struggle with collections and foreclosures. It is a common misconception that nothing can be done without a quorum. In the absence of a quorum, the Board or the members at a members meeting may not transact business but they may take measures to establish a quorum, fix the time to adjourn, adjourn, or take a recess. Additionally, it should be noted that there is no quorum requirement for the election of Directors of a condominium association if at least 20% of the eligible voters of the association have cast a ballot.