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Condo Boards Can’t Just Phone (or Email) it In

By Tom Weiler on July 17, 2014 | Posted in Blog

You’re a newly elected board member of your condo association. You’re working late hours at your regular job and you’re wondering how you’re going to find the time to do this condo board thing on top of everything else you have going on in your life. So when you get a call from the board president telling you that a few of the board members are meeting in his unit tonight to have some drinks and discuss some of the issues facing the board, you jump at the chance.

Don’t do it!

2786946993_5a870f87ec_zIn a recent decision, the First District Appellate Court reaffirmed that the Condominium Property Act (“CPA”), with limited exceptions, requires all meetings of board members to be held in person and open to all unit owners. The court in Palm v. 2800 Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association held that “conducting board business” as used in the definition of board “meeting” in the CPA, included workshops and executive sessions that the board held in private and that, pursuant to §18(a)(9) of the act, these meetings must be open to all unit owners. The only exceptions are those specifically enumerated in the CPA – (1) discussion of litigation against or on behalf of the association; (2) consideration of the appointment, employment or dismissal of an employee; or (3) discussion of violations of rules and regulations of the association or a unit owners unpaid share of any common expenses. Even then, any vote on the issues discussed or considered in closed session must be in a meeting open to any unit owner.

“But it wasn’t really a meeting–we were just talking and trying to get a feel for the issues.”

It doesn’t matter. There doesn’t have to be a vote on anything you talk about. If there’s enough of you to make a quorum and you talk about board business, it has to be in a properly noticed meeting open to all unit owners. Read More…

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