What Happens if Nobody Runs for the Board
Under California law, directors of HOA boards continue to serve
until they are replaced at the next election. If no one runs for the
board, existing board members can serve in perpetuity. This may be
very good or very bad.
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Generally, if a director resigns from
an HOA board, the remaining directors (or director) can appoint
someone to serve out the remaining term of the director that has
If nobody runs for the board and one or more
directors resign over time, there is a tendency for one or a few
directors to amass greater and greater power by selecting
replacement directors. This may be very good or very bad.
As a general rule, it best serves the membership of a homeowner
association if the board is highly representative of the membership.
It also serves an association well to have some diversity of opinion
on the board.
While it is unrealistic to expect every member
of an association to run for the board, those not running can still
encourage qualified members to run and can actively support them.
In summation, the failure of members to actively participate in
the election process leaves the association vulnerable on many
Always remember - If you don't participate in the
election process - You get what you get and have no excuse to
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