E.B. from New London County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Does a Homeowner Association member have the right to request copies of Association contracts, audit reports and other information that are presently restricted to Board members only? Are Board of Directors meeting “open” to members of the Association?
Mister Condo replies:
E.B., yes, HOA members are entitled to request any record of the association, including contracts, audit reports, and most other information that Board Members receive. However, these items are not necessarily “free” to owners and must be requested through proper channels. The association or management company may charge a fee for providing these documents for your inspection. All association meetings are open to members although members are not typically allowed to participate or vote. Many associations require an “Open Forum” portion of the Board meeting for owners to address the Board. Typically, members may sit quietly and observe the Board meeting. All the best!