Q&A: Hey, Wait a Minute

Q Our management posts the minutes of its last board meeting on a website that unit owners can access, but they're often released several months after the meeting took place, and sometimes after the subsequent meeting has already happened. I have made repeated requests to receive them earlier, but both management and the board have ignored me or pointed the finger at the other party. I have not looked at the bylaws, but is there usually something therein about this? If it violates said bylaws, what action can I take to force them to publish minutes in a timely fashion?

A There isn’t a requirement to keep minutes under MGL 183A,” states Attorney Richard E. Brooks, a partner at the law firm of Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C. “If they exist there isn’t a requirement to publish them. There is a requirement to have them available to be reviewed if they do exist (other than executive session minutes). The owner should send a written request to see a copy of the minutes and the board must provide reasonable access to review the same.”

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