Boards for community associations are legal entities that have a duty to represent all owners within the community as in the operation and management of the affairs of the communities. A board is a collective body that is authorized to control the operation of the association for the benefit of the members. Individual members of the association have no authority to act on behalf of the community or the board.
Directors have a fiduciary duty to the association and its members, meaning that directors must act in good faith and in the best interests of the members. Just because directors are volunteers does not excuse the director’s obligations to be knowledgeable in carrying out the business of the association. Where directors do not have the requisite knowledge or expertise, the board must seek out experts and professionals with the expertise to provide appropriate advice.