Our bylaws state that a board director is not required to be a lot owner. However, we are being told that the non-lot-owner director would not be allowed to attend HOA members’ meetings. In this case, the non-lot-owner is a longtime renter (in excellent standing) that is waiting for a home to become available for purchase. Very well-liked within our community, intelligent, fair and willing to serve, he would be a great director. But, he could not attend meetings, per state statute?
Section 720.306(6) of the Florida Homeowners Association Act does state: “Members and parcel owners have the right to attend all membership meetings and to speak at any meeting with reference to all items opened for discussion or included on the agenda.” However, it does not say that renters (non-members) can’t attend meetings. Where this restriction might exist is within your HOA’s governing documents. If you wish to change this restriction within your specific association, you will need to amend the governing documents.
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