§ 55-79.75

Meetings of unit owners’ associations and executive organ

A. Meetings of the unit owners’ association shall be held in accordance with the provisions of the condominium instruments at least once each year after the formation of said association. The bylaws shall specify an officer or his agent who shall, at least 21 days in advance of any annual or regularly scheduled meeting, and at least seven days in advance of any other meeting, send to each unit owner notice of the time, place, and purposes of such meeting. In the event of cancellation of any annual meeting of the unit owners’ association at which directors are elected, the seven-day notice of any subsequent meeting scheduled to elect such directors shall include a statement that the meeting is scheduled for the purpose of the election of directors.Notice shall be sent by United States mail to all unit owners of record at the address of their respective units unless the unit owner has provided to such officer or his agent an address other than the address of the unit; or notice may be hand delivered by the officer or his agent, provided the officer or his agent certifies in writing that notice was delivered to the person of the unit owner.In lieu of delivering notice as specified in the preceding paragraph of this subsection, such officer or his agent may, to the extent the condominium instruments or rules adopted thereto expressly so provide, send notice by electronic transmission consented to by the unit owner to whom the notice is given, provided the officer or his agent certifies in writing that notice was sent.

B. Except as otherwise provided in the condominium instruments, the provisions of this subsection shall apply to executive organ meetings. All meetings of the unit owners’ association or the executive organ, including any subcommittee or other committee thereof, shall be open to all unit owners of record. The executive organ shall not use work sessions or other informal gatherings of the executive organ to circumvent the open meeting requirements of this section. The unit owners’ association may, to the extent the condominium instruments or rules adopted thereto expressly so provide, send notice by electronic transmission consented to by the officer to whom the notice is given. Minutes of the meetings of the executive organ shall be recorded and shall be available as provided in § 55-79.74:1.Notice of the time, date and place of each meeting of the executive organ or of any subcommittee or other committee thereof, and of each meeting of a subcommittee or other committee of the unit owners’ association, shall be published where it is reasonably calculated to be available to a majority of the unit owners.A unit owner may make a request to be notified on a continual basis of any such meetings which request shall be made at least once a year in writing and include the unit owners’ name, address, zip code, and any e-mail address as appropriate. Notice of the time, date, and place shall be sent to any unit owner requesting notice (i) by first-class mail or e-mail in the case of meetings of the executive organ or (ii) by e-mail in the case of meetings of any subcommittee or other committee of the executive organ, or of a subcommittee or other committee of the unit owners’ association.Notice, reasonable under the circumstances, of special or emergency meetings shall be given contemporaneously with the notice provided members of the (i) executive organ or any subcommittee or other committee thereof or (ii) subcommittee or other committee of the unit owners’ association conducting the meeting.Unless otherwise exempt as relating to an executive session pursuant to subsection C, at least one copy of all agenda packets and materials furnished to members of the executive organ or subcommittee or other committee thereof for a meeting shall be made available for inspection by the membership of the unit owners’ association at the same time such documents are furnished to the members of the executive organ.Any unit owner may record any portion of a meeting required to be open. The executive organ or subcommittee or other committee thereof conducting the meeting may adopt rules (i) governing the placement and use of equipment necessary for recording a meeting to prevent interference with the proceedings and (ii) requiring the unit owner recording the meeting to provide notice that the meeting is being recorded.If a meeting of the executive organ is conducted by telephone conference or video conference or similar electronic means, at least two board members shall be physically present at the meeting place included in the notice. The audio equipment shall be sufficient for any member in attendance to hear what is said by any board member participating in the meeting who is not physically present.Voting by secret or written ballot in an open meeting shall be a violation of this chapter except for the election of officers.

C. The executive organ or any subcommittee or other committee thereof may convene in executive session to consider personnel matters; consult with legal counsel; discuss and consider contracts, probable or pending litigation and matters involving violations of the condominium instruments or rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto for which a unit owner, his family members, tenants, guests or other invitees are responsible; or discuss and consider the personal liability of unit owners to the unit owners’ association, upon the affirmative vote in an open meeting to assemble in executive session. The motion shall state specifically the purpose for the executive session. Reference to the motion and the stated purpose for the executive session shall be included in the minutes. The executive organ shall restrict the consideration of matters during such portions of meetings to only those purposes specifically exempted and stated in the motion. No contract, motion or other action adopted, passed or agreed to in executive session shall become effective unless the executive organ or subcommittee or other committee thereof, following the executive session, reconvenes in open meeting and takes a vote on such contract, motion or other action which shall have its substance reasonably identified in the open meeting. The requirements of this section shall not require the disclosure of information in violation of law.

D. Subject to reasonable rules adopted by the executive organ, the executive organ shall provide a designated period of time during a meeting to allow unit owners an opportunity to comment on any matter relating to the unit owners’ association. During a meeting at which the agenda is limited to specific topics or at a special meeting, the executive organ may limit the comments of unit owners to the topics listed on the meeting agenda.

History

1974, c. 416; 1978, c. 363; 1989, c. 58; 1990, c. 662; 1992, c. 72; 2000, c. 906; 2001, c. 715; 2003, cc. 404, 405, 442; 2005, c. 353; 2007, c. 675; 2013, c. 275.

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