§ 55-79.74:1

Books, minutes and records; inspection

A. The declarant, the managing agent, the unit owners’ association, or the person specified in the bylaws of the association shall keep detailed records of the receipts and expenditures affecting the operation and administration of the condominium and specifying the maintenance and repair expenses of the common elements and any other expenses incurred by or on behalf of the association. Subject to the provisions of subsections B, C and D, upon request, any unit owner shall be provided a copy of such records and minutes. All financial books and records shall be kept in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices.

B. Subject to the provisions of subsection C, all books and records kept by or on behalf of the unit owners’ association, including, but not limited to, the unit owners’ association membership list, addresses and aggregate salary information of unit owners’ association employees, shall be available for examination and copying by a unit owner in good standing or his authorized agent so long as the request is for a proper purpose related to his membership in the unit owners’ association, and not for pecuniary gain or commercial solicitation. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, this right of examination shall exist without reference to the duration of membership and may be exercised (i) only during reasonable business hours or at a mutually convenient time and location and (ii) upon five business days’ written notice for a unit owner association managed by a common interest community manager and 10 business days’ written notice for a self-managed unit owners’ association, which notice shall reasonably identify the purpose for the request and the specific books and records of the unit owners’ association requested.

C. Books and records kept by or on behalf of a unit owners’ association may be withheld from examination or copying by unit owners and contract purchasers to the extent that they are drafts not yet incorporated into the unit owners’ association’s books and records or if such books and records concern:

1. Personnel matters relating to specific, identified persons or a person’s medical records;

2. Contracts, leases, and other commercial transactions to purchase or provide goods or services, currently in or under negotiation;

3. Pending or probable litigation. Probable litigation means those instances where there has been a specific threat of litigation from a party or the legal counsel of a party;

4. Matters involving state or local administrative or other formal proceedings before a government tribunal for enforcement of the condominium instruments or rules and regulations promulgated by the executive organ;

5. Communications with legal counsel which relates to subdivisions 1 through 4 or which is protected by the attorney-client privilege or the attorney work product doctrine;

6. Disclosure of information in violation of law;

7. Meeting minutes or other confidential records of an executive session of the executive organ held pursuant to subsection C of § 55-79.75;

8. Documentation, correspondence or management or executive organ reports compiled for or on behalf of the unit owners’ association or the executive organ by its agents or committees for consideration by the executive organ in executive session; or

9. Individual unit owner or member files, other than those of the requesting unit owner, including any individual unit owner’s files kept by or on behalf of the unit owners’ association.

D. Prior to providing copies of any books and records, the unit owners’ association may impose and collect a charge, reflecting the reasonable costs of materials and labor, not to exceed the actual costs thereof. Charges may be imposed only in accordance with a cost schedule adopted by the executive organ in accordance with this subsection. The cost schedule shall (i) specify the charges for materials and labor, (ii) apply equally to all unit owners in good standing, and (iii) be provided to such requesting unit owner at the time the request is made.

History

1980, c. 738; 1985, c. 75; 1989, c. 57; 1990, c. 662; 1992, c. 72; 1994, c. 463; 1999, c. 594; 2000, cc. 906, 919; 2001, c. 419; 2011, cc. 334, 361, 605; 2014, c. 207.

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