I do not want to change over to the new company, and have no problem with my current service. Am I required to go along with every homeowner as a group? I do not believe that an association should force me to pay for a service I feel is going to be inferior in many ways to my current service provider. Can you advise me on my rights?
A more appealing reason why the developer wanted to provide for cable service is that it allowed him to create a separate entity that he could later sell for profit to a cable company. Normally the documents require that all owners pay their share for basic TV service. As a community matures, such service contracts expire, and the board may renew them or engage another service. While you do not have to participate in the service selected, you would still be obligated to pay for the basic service.
Another option allowed by the Telecommunication Act of 1996 allows owners to use satellite TV services. The act allows the installation of the satellite dish with limited restrictions by the HOA. The act does not necessarily apply to condominiums.
The final answer: You must pay for basic cable service as part of your fees, and then you can add extra features at your own expense. Homeowner associations must allow the installation of dishes, giving each owner an option other than the cable service provided, but the owners would still be required to pay for basic service in their fees.
A couple of examples could be a swimming pool pump that burned out and needs to be replaced, or elevators that have failed and need to be fixed immediately. I have seen emergency meetings called when there was potential criminal activity in the area. Another example is when hurricane or other storm damage requires immediate action.
Any action or decisions made during the emergency meeting must be ratified at the next scheduled board meeting. At the emergency meeting, only the single item requiring urgent action should be discussed.
Service animals can override the rules.
I also suggest that the board seek a legal answer from the condominium’s attorney.