J.Z. from Fairfield County writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Mister Condo replies:
J.Z., there sure is! The Common Interest Ownership Act, also known as CIOA is a group of rules that include how condo associations must conduct themselves and operate in a highly transparent environment. The spirit of the law is to shed light on the governance process. This includes publishing an agenda of what will be discussed at Board and Annual meetings, where and when the meetings will be held, and also includes a requirement to provide minutes of these meetings to all unit owners upon request. Unit owners have the ability to request all kinds of association records. There may be management fees associated with these requests for information but all of it needs to be available to unit owners. Associations that don’t comply with these laws could find themselves answering to the state’s Department of Consumer Protection who has the task of investigating complaints from unit owners about Boards and Associations that fail to comply with the law. Hope that helps!