An association's official records must be open for inspection by each association member or the association member's authorized representative at all reasonable times. The records must be made available within five working days after the board or its designee receives a written request. An association may comply with this
requirement by maintaining a copy of the official records on the condominium association property and asking them available for inspection or copying.
DENIAL OF ACCESS
An association must make its books and records available to a unit owner or the unit owner's designated representative within five working days of the owner’s written request. If an association fails to provide requested records within ten working days after receipt of a written request, the association is presumed to have willfully failed to comply with the law. The association's noncompliance entitles the unit owner to seek actual or minimum damages. Section 718.111(12)(c), Florida Statutes provides for minimum damages of $50 per calendar day, for up to ten days, beginning on the 11th working day after receipt of the written request. Such damages must be awarded by a court of law. A unit owner who prevails in court may also recover reasonable attorney's fees from the person in control of the records who knowingly denied access. The failure of the board to allow inspection of books and records constitutes a dispute for which a unit owner may either file a complaint with the Division or petition the Division for mandatory nonbinding arbitration.