Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members

This model code of ethics is not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma encountered by a community association Board member, but is offered as a basic framework that can be modified and adopted by any common-interest community:

  • Strive at all times to serve the best interests of the Association as a whole regardless of their personal interests.
  • Use sound judgment to make the best possible business decisions for the Association, taking into consideration all available information, circumstances, and resources.
  • Act within the boundaries of their authority as defined by law and the governing documents of the Association.
  • Provide opportunities for residents to comment on decisions facing the Association.
  • Perform their duties without bias for or against any individual or group of owners or non-owner residents.
  • Disclose personal or professional relationships with any company or individual who has or is seeking to have a business relationship with the Association.
  • Conduct open, fair and well-publicized elections.
  • Always speak with one voice, supporting all duly-adopted Board decisions even if the Board member was in the minority regarding actions that may not have obtained unanimous consent.
  • Reveal confidential information provided by contractors or share information with those bidding for Association contracts unless specifically authorized by the Board.
  • Make unauthorized promises to a contractor or bidder.
  • Advocate or support any action or activity that violates a law or regulatory requirement.
  • Use their positions or decision making authority for personal gain or to seek advantage over another owner or non-owner resident.
  • Spend unauthorized association funds for their own personal use or benefit.
  • Accept any gifts – directly or indirectly – from owners, residents, contractors or suppliers.
  • Misrepresent known facts in any issue involving Association business.
  • Divulge personal information about any Association owner, resident or employee that was obtained in the performance of Board duties.
  • Make personal attacks on colleagues, staff or residents.
  • Harass, threaten or attempt through any means to control or instill fear in any Board member, owner, resident, employee or contractor.
  • Reveal to any owner, resident or other third party the discussions, decisions and comments made at any meeting of the Board properly closed or held in executive session.