L.K. from Cook County, Illinois writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
Mister Condo replies:
L.K., they sure are! Minutes of meetings are the official records of what happened in the meetings. They aren’t shared immediately as most Boards require a ratification vote of the Minutes before they are entered into the permanent record of the association. As a member of the association, home and unit owners have a right to inspect the records. There may be a fee associated with record inspection and the association can require notice of a request to inspect the records but they do need to be available to any member of the association. After all, how else could an association member find out what actions were being taken by their Board? If you wish to inspect any record of your association, notify the Board Secretary or Property Manager and follow the instructions for doing so. By the way, most associations publish their Minutes on their websites in a password-protected section of the website. That is the modern equivalent of records inspection. All the best!