J.B. from New Haven County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
At our Condo the annual meeting is Public and then the remaining 11 are private. Minutes are produced put they are sparse and delivered months after the meeting. Is this valid?
Mister Condo replies:
J.B., other than Executive Sessions which are rare, condo Board meetings are open to the members of the association. There is no such thing as a private meeting of the condo board. Your Board may think they have the right to meet in private but they do not. They are setting themselves up to be sued by any member of the association that wishes to claim they were denied the ability to attend the meeting. That being said, only Board members speak and vote at these meetings. Association members may attend but they must do so, quietly. Many Boards will open the floor to comments from association members at either the beginning or end of the meeting. Again, association members do not vote or comment on the association’s business during the Board meeting but they do have a right to attend. Sparse Minutes are not uncommon as the Minutes are only a synopsis of actionable items (votes) taking during the Board meeting. They are not meant to be transcripts of the meeting. You can cite the Common Interest Ownership Act (CIOA) to show the Board that they must allow association members as attendees at their Board Meetings. All the best!