M.M. from Litchfield County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My condo association just paid $5000 for a real estate “consultant” to evaluate our condo and recommend what we could do to make the condos more appealing. The report is several months late and we are told that when the report is available it can only be viewed in the office and it will not be posted on our web site.
Can we force the Board of Directors to post the report on-line so residents can read it at home? I don’t think the BOD wants the residents to see the report.
Mister Condo replies:
M.M., I salute your Board for looking at ways to increase appeal and add value to your condo association. “Maintain, Protect, and Enhance” is the mantra of well-meaning Boards at condos like yours. Without being privy to what information is contained within the report, I cannot guess as to why the Board feels the report is best left for viewing at the office versus a more public disclosure but the short answer is “no”, you cannot force the Board to post the report, or anything else for that matter, on-line. Unit owners must be given access, and from what you tell me they are, but they have to go to the office to see it. Generally speaking, most Boards would prefer to keep documents that might contain negative information about the association less public rather than more. For instance, if the report indicated aging common areas or decaying decks or any other negative information, the Board may wish to use the information to create an action plan to deal with the report’s findings rather than alarm unit owners with information that could be taken out of context. My advice is to head to the office and take a look at the report. If it is something that you feel every unit owner needs to see, ask the Board to make copies and distribute. Otherwise, I would advise you to simply trust the judgment of the people the community has elected to conduct their business. All the best!