Homeowners can review association's books, records

Mailbag

January 02, 2000

Dear Mr. Azrael:

I cannot get minutes and records from my townhouse homeowners' association. I would like to know what do I do now.

Lewis Barach

Baltimore

Dear Mr. Barach:

Maryland law requires that, with limited exceptions, all books and records kept by or on behalf of a homeowners' association must be made available for examination and copying by lot owners, or their duly authorized representatives, during normal business hours and after reasonable notice.

I suggest you write a letter to your homeowners' association or management agent.

You should specify the books and records you want to inspect or copy and tell them the date and time you want to inspect the records.

You can cite Section 11B-112 of the Maryland Homeowners Association Act, which provides the inspection rights.

The homeowners' association may impose a reasonable charge on a person desiring to review or copy the books and records.

You may also want to find out how much, if anything, the homeowners association will charge.

Questions?

Real estate questions are answered by Jonathan A. Azrael of Azrael, Gann and Franz of Towson. Questions, with name, address and daytime telephone number, may be faxed to 410-783-2517, e-mailed to real.estate@baltsun.com or mailed to: Real Estate Mailbag, Fifth Floor, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278-0001.

They can also be recorded at our Sundial audio-response number, 410-783-1800, code 6170.

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