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Industry Perspective
There is some "theoretical precedent"
for emergency powers, he points out, in
a California statute that allows boards in
an emergency to waive the requirement
that they give owners' 30 days' notice
before enacting rules governing common
areas. This recognizes the reality that
boards may have to respond quickly in an
emergency and can't anticipate all the actions any given emergency might require.
Allcock recognizes the concern, noted
by Weintraub and others, that the broad
authority to exercise emergency powers
could be abused. Specifying that the actions must be reasonable and reasonably
related to a publicly declared emergency
would impose some restraints, he suggests. Restricting visitors during a pandemic was a reasonable means of limiting
infection risks, he notes; the same restriction imposed as a response to break-ins
in the community, he suggests, would
not pass that 'reasonableness' test.
Emergency powers have to be
broadly defined, Allcock notes.

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One of the major arguments in favor of emergency
powers is that they give boards legal cover for actions
they take to deal with an emergency.
"You can't specify what powers are authorized because you can't predict what
the emergency will be or what actions
it might require. Before the pandemic,
no one was talking about closing pools
or exercise rooms or lobbies, or asking
residents to report if they were ill."
Weintraub's concerns about
infringing on individual liberties
are legitimate, Allcock says, and he
shares them. "I'm more of a fan of civil
rights than many. I don't like the idea
of someone taking my temperature,
either." But boards, like governments,
have to assess whether the benefits to
the community as a whole outweigh the
infringement on the rights of individual
members. That is not a decision anyone
should make lightly, he emphasizes.

But it is a decision that boards, like
governments, sometimes must make.
While a board's emergency powers
would necessarily be broad, Allcock says,
they wouldn't be unlimited, and they
would be subject to the same legal and
political checks that apply to all board
decisions. "Owners who think a board's
actions exceed or abuse its authority
or impinge unacceptably on individual
rights can challenge those actions in
court," he notes, "or they can vote the
board out of office."
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