2015 ORS 100.480¹
Maintaining documents and records
  • annual financial statement
  • review of financial statement by certified public accountant
  • availability of documents and records for examination

(1) An association of unit owners shall retain within this state the documents, information and records delivered to the association under ORS 100.210 (Turnover meeting) and all other records of the association for not less than the period specified for the record in ORS 65.771 (Corporate records) or any other applicable law, except that:

(a) The documents specified in ORS 100.210 (Turnover meeting) (5)(j), if received, must be retained as permanent records of the association.

(b) Proxies and ballots must be retained for one year from the date of determination of the vote, except proxies and ballots relating to an amendment to the declaration, supplemental declaration plat, supplemental plat or bylaws must be retained for one year from the date the amendment is recorded.

(2) The association of unit owners shall keep financial records sufficient for proper accounting purposes.

(3)(a) All assessments and other association funds shall be deposited and maintained in the name of the association in one or more separate federally insured accounts, including certificates of deposit, at a financial institution, as defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act), other than an extranational institution. Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, funds must be maintained in an association account until disbursed.

(b) Subject to any limitations imposed by the declaration or bylaws, association funds maintained in accounts established under this subsection may be used to purchase obligations issued by the United States government.

(c) All expenses of the association shall be paid from the association account.

(4) Within 90 days after the end of the fiscal year, the board of directors shall:

(a) Prepare or cause to be prepared an annual financial statement consisting of a balance sheet and income and expenses statement for the preceding fiscal year; and

(b) Distribute to each unit owner a copy of the annual financial statement.

(5) Subject to ORS 100.481 (Application of ORS 100.480), the association of unit owners of a condominium that has annual assessments exceeding $75,000 shall cause the financial statement required under subsection (4) of this section to be reviewed within 180 days after the end of the fiscal year by an independent certified public accountant licensed in the State of Oregon in accordance with the Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

(6) The association of unit owners of a condominium that has annual assessments of $75,000 or less shall cause the most recent financial statement required by subsection (4) of this section to be reviewed in the manner described in subsection (5) of this section within 180 days after the board of directors receives the petition requesting review signed by at least a majority of the owners.

(7) An association of unit owners subject to the requirements of subsection (5) of this section may elect, on an annual basis, not to comply with the requirements of subsection (5) of this section by an affirmative vote of at least 60 percent of the owners, not including the votes of the declarant with respect to units owned by the declarant.

(8)(a) The association shall provide, within 10 business days of receipt of a written request from an owner, a written statement that provides:

(A) The amount of assessments due from the owner and unpaid at the time the request was received, including:

(i) Regular and special assessments;

(ii) Fines and other charges;

(iii) Accrued interest; and

(iv) Late payment charges.

(B) The percentage rate at which interest accrues on assessments that are not paid when due.

(C) The percentage rate used to calculate the charges for late payment or the amount of a fixed charge for late payment.

(b) The association is not required to comply with paragraph (a) of this subsection if the association has commenced litigation by filing a complaint against the owner and the litigation is pending when the statement would otherwise be due.

(9)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, the documents, information and records described in subsections (1) to (4) of this section and all other records of the association of unit owners must be reasonably available for examination and, upon written request, available for duplication by a unit owner and any mortgagee of a unit that makes the request in good faith for a proper purpose.

(b) Records kept by or on behalf of the association may be withheld from examination and duplication to the extent the records concern:

(A) Personnel matters relating to a specific identified person or a person’s medical records.

(B) Contracts, leases and other business transactions that are currently under negotiation to purchase or provide goods or services.

(C) Communications with legal counsel that relate to matters specified in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph and the rights and duties of the association regarding existing or potential litigation or criminal matters.

(D) Disclosure of information in violation of law.

(E) Documents, correspondence or management or board reports compiled for or behalf of the association or the board of directors by its agents or committees for consideration by the board of directors in executive session held in accordance with ORS 100.420 (Board meetings) (1) and (2).

(F) Documents, correspondence or other matters considered by the board of directors in executive session held in accordance with ORS 100.420 (Board meetings) (1) and (2).

(G) Files of individual owners, other than those of a requesting owner or requesting mortgagee of an individual owner, including any individual owner’s file kept by or on behalf of the association.

(10) The association of unit owners shall maintain a copy, suitable for the purpose of duplication, of the following:

(a) The declaration and bylaws, including amendments or supplements in effect, the recorded plat, if feasible, and the association rules and regulations currently in effect;

(b) The most recent annual financial statement prepared in accordance with subsection (4) of this section;

(c) The current operating budget of the association;

(d) The reserve study, if any, described in ORS 100.175 (Reserve account for maintaining, repairing and replacing common elements); and

(e) Architectural standards and guidelines, if any.

(11) The association, within 10 business days after receipt of a written request by an owner, shall furnish the requested information required to be maintained under subsection (10) of this section.

(12) The board of directors, by resolution, may adopt reasonable rules governing the frequency, time, location, notice and manner of examination and duplication of association records and the imposition of a reasonable fee for furnishing copies of any documents, information or records described in this section. The fee may include reasonable personnel costs incurred to furnish the information.

(13) Subsection (4) of this section first applies to property submitted to the provisions of this chapter before January 1, 1982, when the board of directors of the association of unit owners receives a written request from at least one unit owner that a copy of the annual financial statement be distributed in accordance with subsection (4) of this section. [Formerly 94.214; 1999 c.677 §51; 2001 c.756 §47; 2003 c.569 §38; 2003 c.803 §22a; 2007 c.340 §2; 2009 c.641 §29; 2011 c.532 §20]

(formerly 94.004 to 94.480)

See also annota­tions under ORS 91.505 to 91.675 in permanent edi­tion.

Notes of Decisions

Even if declara­tions filed for purpose of bringing develop­ment within condominium law were defective for failure to conform to statutory require­ments, develop­ment was not vitiated but deficiencies would constitute mis­take in transac­tion thus making instru­ment eligible for reforma­tion in equity. Dickey v. Barnes, Mossberg, 268 Or 226, 519 P2d 1252 (1974)

Developers of planned unit develop­ments which are not organized as condominiums cannot claim the tax advantages of the Unit Ownership Law. Brooks Resources v. Dept. of Rev., 276 Or 1177, 558 P2d 312 (1976)

Purchasers of condominium units are automatically members of the unit owners associa­tion and subject to its declara­tion and bylaws; where those declara­tions and bylaws provide discre­tion to the Board of Directors to assess for fees necessary to create a "unified plan for the develop­ment and opera­tion" of the condominium, and the purchaser has alleged no abuse of discre­tion, the judg­ment of the Board of Directors is upheld. Assn. of Unit Owners of the Inn of the Seventh Mountain v. Gruenfeld, 277 Or 259, 560 P2d 641 (1977)

Acquisi­tion of prop­erty by condominium associa­tion is not limited to prop­erty subject to annexa­tion require­ments. Gier's Liquor v. Associa­tion of Unit Owners, 124 Or App 365, 862 P2d 560 (1993)

Law Review Cita­tions

16 WLR 253 (1979)

Chapter 100

Notes of Decisions

This chapter does not authorize regula­tion by the Real Estate Division of sales of "right to use" time share interests in condominiums. Royal Aloha Partners v. Real Estate Division, 59 Or App 564, 651 P2d 1350 (1982)

Law Review Cita­tions

18 WLR 95 (1982)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 100—Condominiums, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors100.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 100, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano100.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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