Q&A: Let's Go to the Videotape

Q Are there any restrictions or rules in Florida that would permit videotaping of  condo board meetings? Is it legal? If taping is permissible, do the parties in  the room being taped have to be told of it beforehand?  


A “Unit owners have the right to tape record or videotape condominium board  meetings as long as they use audio and/or video equipment and devices which don’t produce distracting sounds or light emissions,” says attorney Matthew Zifrony of the law firm of Tripp Scott in Fort  Lauderdale. “A condominium board also has the right to pass reasonable restrictions  pertaining to the manner in which the taping can be done including requiring  that 1) the video equipment must be assembled and placed in position in advance  of the start of the meeting; 2) any member videotaping or recording a meeting  will not be permitted to move about the meeting room; and 3) advance notice  must be given to the board by a member desiring to use any audio or video  equipment.  

 “There’s nothing in Florida law that requires the parties in the room to be told ahead  of time that the meeting will be taped. With that being said, a board would  likely be able to adopt a rule requiring the member desiring to tape the  meeting to provide the board with sufficient notice so as to allow the board to  be able to let the attendees of the meeting know of the taping as part of the  board’s notice of the meeting.”