Condo & HOA Law

A Proper Motion Must be Seconded Before Vote is Valid?

Q:   Our Board recently met to discuss an important issue.  A motion was made and voted on but there was no “second” to the motion.  How should we fix this, and do we have to fix it in the minutes?

G.H., Naples


A:    A proper motion must be seconded before it is voted on. Without a second to a motion there is no vote and if there is a vote it is not valid. In such cases the minutes would properly reflect that the motion died for lack of a second. In your case this should be corrected as soon as possible. At a Board meeting the Board should vote, with a proper motion and second, to ratify and affirm the previous vote. This should be clearly documented in the minutes.


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