Laurel, MD asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland

Q: Can a regular member of an HOA send a mass e-mail to all members concerning HOA business?

There is a provision in the Maryland Homeowners Association Act that states, "Except for reasonable restrictions to the time of distribution, a recorded covenant or restriction, a provision in a declaration, or a provision of the bylaws or rules of a homeowners association may not restrict a lot owner from distributing written information or materials regarding the operation of or matters relating to the operation of the homeowners association in any manner or place that the governing body distributes written information or materials." If the governing body (Board) usually sends out written information using a mass e-mail, then by this law can a regular member use that capability to send out a mass e-mail to all members, with the Board not preventing it, even if the e-mail was critical of some action that the Board had taken?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Anybody can send an email to as many people as they choose. There is no law against it. You just need to have the email addrsses.

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