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PamB9
(Illinois)

Posts:10


03/03/2019 8:54 PM  
Our HOA meeting was being filmed today. A couple of us that attended want to know if it's legal to film meetings as this was very uncomfortable
GeorgeS21
(Florida)

Posts:1208


03/03/2019 10:07 PM  
Who filmed?
Are they HOA members?
Are they hired by others?
What does IL statue say?

Please help us with the homework you need to do prior to asking us?

We need a lot more information.
CjC


Posts:174


03/04/2019 5:04 AM  
OUr HOA filmed board meetings for a while. We meet in a small room and it doesn't hold enough people who are interested. They started filming after residents said they would do it themselves. But the attorney stepped in after a few months and nixed it. No public reason was given but it can be done legally be residents.
SheliaH
(Indiana)

Posts:2464


03/04/2019 8:18 AM  
An HOA board meeting isn't a "public" meeting in the same way as a school board meeting, so I would think the board would be able to set rules on recording (audio or video) of meetings. You've run into one of the primary reasons it's not done - recording can "chill" discussions of a certain subject because, as George indicated, you don't know who's recording or what will be done with it (some people might be tempted to slice and dice the footage or audio recording to take things out of context.)

Answer George's questions and go on from there, perhaps talking to the association attorney. It may be possible for the board to set some ground rules, such as the recorder asking everyone there for permission to record before they do it and documenting that consent in writing. That said, it appears the underlying issue is a concern about transparency - people often want to record meetings because they don't know what the board is doing or why. Well written minutes posted on the community website may help resolve some of this, but remember, minutes aren't a note for note recap of who said what. Minutes are considered legal documents that should be an accurate reflection of the decisions that were made, who was there, etc. There's advice all over this website in other conversations and on the internet on how to do that.
PamB9
(Illinois)

Posts:10


03/05/2019 2:56 AM  
My problem is that I dont like to be filmed. Its already hard to go to the meeting as there are problems going on. I find it very uncomfortable
GenoS
(Florida)

Posts:2892


03/05/2019 3:07 AM  
Posted By PamB9 on 03/05/2019 2:56 AM
My problem is that I dont like to be filmed.

You answered your own question. It's your problem. If your state's law and your association's governing documents allow it, then your only course of action is to deal with it. Sorry, I know some people are camera shy. Wear a mask.
GenoS
(Florida)

Posts:2892


03/05/2019 3:12 AM  
Like this, perhaps... Apropos for Illinois. In Illinois you'll be the talk of the town community.
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