I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
There is nothing illegal in the board's decision to limit the board to 2 non-resident owners. You're right that it's not fair, but that's not the same as illegal. The board has to act in the best interests of the entire community, and if they believe in good faith that it's better to have mostly owners who live in the community on their board, that's not an obvious abuse of their discretion. Discrimination laws don't protect non-resident property owners as a class, so there just has to be a valid business reason for the restriction.
You're free to fight for your proposed change, though. Talk to the other owners, and see if you can get them on your side. If any of them want to serve on the board, too, they might be on your side. Or perhaps some of the other owners would like a larger pool of potential board members than just the 25% or so of people living there. Those are things you're allowed to do. The more people you can get on your side, the more chance there is that the board will agree with you. Keep in mind that you can also run for one of those two board seats whenever they become available - and if board positions don't end after a set time period (and require people to run again), then you could also encourage the other owners to set those limits to avoid a situation where the same people sit on the board forever.
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