Can the Condo Board Meet by Teleconference?

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P.R. from Hartford County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

Is there a legal reason why the Board cannot teleconference its meetings

Mister Condo replies:

P.R., I am not an attorney so please accept my answer as one from experience and not one from an attorney. If you require an attorney’s answer, kindly consult with one who specializes in community association governance law. That being said, I can think of no legal reason a Board could not use teleconferencing technology to hold a Board meeting. Under CIOA, all unit owners have the right to attend any Board meeting so the teleconference would have to be made available to any interested unit owner who wished to attend. Also, there would need to be a physical place for unit owners to attend as there is no law that would compel them to participate via teleconference. In other words, the teleconference could be in addition to more traditional meeting methodology, meaning people show up at a physical place for the meeting. If voting were allowed via teleconference, records would need to be kept just as if the voting Board member were in attendance at the physical Board meeting. Given the technical challenge that may arise, I can see where some Boards would not have an interest in creating a teleconference to support their Board meeting. However, I cannot think of any legal reason they could not. Hope that helps.

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