Often homeowners who attend membership meetings want to either audio or video record them. Reasons for recording vary from simply documenting conversations to keep accurate minute minutes to preserving evidence for current or future litigation.
To many people’s surprise, unless such right is expressly granted in the covenants, homeowners do not have a right to record meetings, including meetings open to homeowners.
The boards of directors of community associations have the discretion to enact rules or policies prohibiting any recording of meetings. The directors may justify such prohibition by the fact that audio or video recording may prevent open communication by the membership. A person who knows he or she is recorded may be more reluctant to share information or express his or her opinions.
On the other hand, audio or video recording of meetings is arguably a better way of record-keeping than having a secretary typing or hand-writing meeting minutes. Homeowners can always request that the meetings be recorded for better record-keeping for their associations. Nevertheless, the ultimate decision lies with the boards.