After our last HOA meeting was adjourned, I witnessed a homeowner in our community approach two board members and a committee member. Apparently, she must have asked to speak at the next board meeting about some concerns regarding new color/paint schemes.
I became aware of the conversation because these three men – the two Board members and one Committee member were shouting at her, hurling numerous, repeated obscenities. They were clearly verbally attacking her. I was horrified by what appeared to be a raw display of anger.
One other new board member and the community manager were also in the room. Thought the CM and the new board member did nothing to intervene, they were also witness to an incredibly aggressive, hostile display of male rage toward a very calm woman and homeowner in our community.
To her credit, this homeowner remained civil and composed. I watched the confrontation – only 5 or 6 feet away – it was surreal how calm she remained as she re-iterated the reasons for her concern and her request to speak for just a few minutes at the next board meeting.
I was also taken aback by the lack of action on the part of the community manager, typically a very strong and outspoken woman. She did nothing to intervene in this hostile reaction to the homeowner’s request.
A few days later, I contacted the AZ Dept of Real Estate, but learned there isn’t much they can do to prevent this type of board behavior. How can this be?
I feel I should do something about this. Isn’t there some protection for homeowners who are subjected to this type of abusive and harassing behavior?