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Should condo association meeting minutes be public record?

Posted on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 @ 05:33 AM
  
  
  
  

I am the board president of a condominium association in NYC. In the past I've been asked to supply the most recent Annual meeting minutes and the most recent Board minutes to potential buyers. That makes sense to me and I'm happy to do it. Today a lawyer for a potential buyer has asked for all the minutes I've got going back over the years. I feel the most recent minutes give the most current information and anything more could just get confusing. All of the Annual minutes are available to all, however, Board minutes are often full of private and sensitive information about Owners that the Board needs to deal with discretely for all Owners' protection. If Owners ask to see Board minutes I happily hand them over but they understand that there may be some redactions of sensitive information. What is common practice when it comes to handing over Annual and Board minutes to potential buyers and/or their lawyers? 

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What different items do a condo association board meeting addresses?

Posted on Fri, May 30, 2014 @ 07:31 AM
  
  
  
  
What notice must be given for condo association board of directors meeting. Is there a difference for budget meetings, capital spending and general meetings. What constitutes capital spending?

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HOA board chairman changes meeting minutes before released

Posted on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 08:56 AM
  
  
  
  
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Our board chairman insists on reviewing, editing and changing minutes prepared by the secretary before they are distributed and/or published. The chair insists that this is simply following Roberts Rules yet our documents prohibit anyone from acting as chair and secretary at the same time. Is our chair violating any rules or regulations or any code by editing and "censoring" the minutes?

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Condo board changes annual meeting dates for no reason

Posted on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 08:02 AM
  
  
  
  
I wrote several months ago that the association voted to change the date of the annual meeting to "Between January 1 and June 30". Please don't ask me why, as I tried to present a motion for a specific date. Now it is in our bylaws that the meeting is to be held between January 1 and June 30. My question: Does the board pick the date, or does the association pick a date for the next meeting at each annual meeting? Also, does the association nominate and vote for who is on the nominating committee, or is it the board's responsibility. Seems to me the latter would be a conflict of interests. Thanks for any help you can give me. 

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Can condo board and property manager have a secret meeting?

Posted on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 @ 07:15 AM
  
  
  
  
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Can a condo board which has adopted open meetings as a policy, meet with the property manager in secret prior to a board meeting? The owners get no notice, agenda or minutes of these meetings. The " official " meetings are very brief with little discussion and then there is an executive meeting. They also adopted Robert's Rules but do not follow them. Do we have any recourse?

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Can we video record our annual condo association meeting?

Posted on Fri, Oct 04, 2013 @ 08:03 AM
  
  
  
  
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The day before our first meeting of the year (in august) the board sent out a newsletter which states that they will not allow video taping at the meeting. Georgia law doesnt seem to protect them but time is of the essence here. We need video tape of this meeting. Any advice?

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Should condo associations follow Robert's Rules of Order?

Posted on Mon, Sep 09, 2013 @ 07:41 AM
  
  
  
  
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At our board meetings Robert's Rules of Order pops up inappropriately. As I understand it, if your Declaration and Bylaws already have written what, how, and when something is to be done, such as electing board members, then Robert's can't rule on that subject, your Bylaws rule supreme.....unless they conflict with a higher law such as state, federal. Isn't Roberts really just a good guide you can choose to follow or not to follow? And isn't it really a good guide on how to conduct your board meetings, not a rule you must follow to run your Association?

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How often should association boards produce meeting minutes?

Posted on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 @ 10:47 AM
  
  
  
  
Our condo board has not put out minutes in three months. It is my understanding that after their monthly meeting that the minutes should be out after approval of the next meeting. It is at least unethical not to inform owners. What can I do? Why are they doing this (they are a VERY active board)?

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Does condo association need to book annual meeting in advance?

Posted on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 @ 08:23 AM
  
  
  
  

Our board just recently changed the time of the annual meeting from January 15 to "anytime between January 1 and June 30". I for one am not going to sit around and wait for them to call a meeting. This was done at the annual association meeting. I have no idea what the members were thinking when they voted for this--ignorance I assume. Is this normal?

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Our condo association broke bylaws - didn't hold an annual meeting

Posted on Sun, Mar 04, 2012 @ 06:18 AM
  
  
  
  
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According to our Bylaws (incorporated in New York), we are to have an Annual Meeting every year. However we did not have any meeting in 2011 as the Board "postponed" it to April 2012 as they could not "get the finances together in time." This is clearly a violation in the Bylaws and I was wondering how to follow up with this and ensure that this does not occur again. Any suggestions on how to follow up? Also is there any way to enforce the Board to comply with Bylaws? Can the state of New York help? Also I found out and have had verbal discussions with Board members who have ignored my requests. I have sent emails and they go unanswered. How do I get the Board to respond? They have segregated themselves from the rest of the community. Thanks for any help.

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