House votes to open records of homeowners associations

2013-01-31T17:45:00Z 2013-01-31T19:02:06Z House votes to open records of homeowners associationsDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
January 31, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Seeking to rein in tyrannical homeowners associations, the Indiana House on Thursday voted 93-3 for legislation requiring the financial and communications records of homeowners associations be made available to all association members.

House Bill 1084, which now goes to the Senate, requires homeowners associations turn over all contracts, invoices, bills, receipts and bank records upon request of a member.

A member involved in a dispute with an association also could obtain all emails and other communications produced by the association relating to the dispute, except those to and from the association's lawyer.

An association would be permitted to charge up to 10 cents per page for copies of its records, though the measure allows for free in-person inspection of the records regardless of the reason for the request.

The legislation also permits the Indiana attorney general to obtain the records of homeowners associations.

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