|I #hatennjaechke for not fixing this flood.|
At my Condo Association, this is the way they "solve" problems
- Deny responsibility
- Grudgingly accept proof of responsibility
- Disclaim responsibility going forward
- End communications after project finishes but before satisfaction is reached
People who are not beholden to condominium associations don't have a clue as to the personal hell it can be if you get a bad board member or a bad person at your association's management company. At NN Jaeschke, two of the three people I've conversed with (or 66%!) are DGDEs. Degedes are the worst kind of people thrust into the perfect jobs for the type: they seem to save money for their company and, by extension, the associations they manage.
But if you believed that, you would be dumber than 66% of the people I have encountered at NN Jaeschke. Degedes cause more trouble because they don't accept that there is a problem. And they do this so roundly and so completely that many other problems sprout from the one they're DGDE-ing all over.
For those of you who don't have a condominium (or if you're part of the problem over at NN Jaeschke), let me explain. Condominiums are owned both individually and in common by the owners who make up the membership of a nonprofit organization set up to manage them. For example, I own and am responsible for everything in my condominium from the paint out and the association is responsible for the drywall in; the framing, plumbing, etc. The association should also take care of more easily-definable common areas like pools, walkways, trash containers, etc. and we pay collectively into a fund that is used to (never properly) manage the complex.
Setting aside the above recipe for fraud to focus, instead, on the kinds of people who let fraud occur, think about this: Because it would be cumbersome (even in the digital age) to have every member weigh in on every concern, associations elect board members, from within the owner-membership, to make decisions for the whole. This might not always have been a problem, but now, the kinds of people who end up on boards fall into one of four categories: 1. people who genuinely care but whose voices cannot be heard among the cacophony of the other types; 2. people who have a particular ax to grind; 3. people who are power mad or otherwise unbalanced; 3. real estate agents, who are usually multiple-condo owners; and 4. investors who don't live in the complex but own one or more of the units.