Section 35-8-9

Duties and responsibilities of association for administration and management of property.

The association provided for by the declaration shall be responsible for the administration and management of the condominium property in accordance with this chapter, the declaration, and the bylaws. The association may be incorporated or unincorporated. All unit owners will be stockholders or members. Unless otherwise provided in the declaration, the association, acting through its officers or governing board, shall have the powers enumerated below:

(1) The association may maintain, repair, replace, clean, and sanitize the common and limited common elements.

(2) The association may assess and collect funds and may pay for common expenses and limited common expenses out of such funds as are appropriate.

(3) In addition to the enforcement of the covenants and restrictions concerning use, occupancy, and transfer of units which are included in the declaration pursuant to section 35-8-7, the association may adopt, distribute, amend, and enforce reasonable rules governing the administration and management of the condominium property and the use of the common and limited common elements.

(4) The association may maintain all forms of insurance coverage which are for the benefit of the unit owners. The amount of each unit owner's liability for payment of premiums for such insurance shall be a part of his common expense or limited common expense as is appropriate. The association shall apprise each unit owner whether or not insurance coverage is maintained by the association and the type and amount of any insurance which is so maintained. An insurance trustee or trustees may be appointed to administer the proceeds of any such insurance. No unit owner or other person having an insurable risk may be precluded from obtaining insurance, individually, at his own expense and for his own benefit, against any risk, whether or not covered by insurance maintained by the association. Such forms of insurance maintained by the association may include but are not limited to the following:

a. Insurance covering the entire condominium property against loss by fire and such other hazards as may be desired.

b. Liability insurance against any risk, such as death, personal injury, or damage to property, faced by unit owners by virtue of their common or limited common ownership in the condominium property, including but not limited to the acts and omissions of the association, its servants, and employees.

(5) The association may have access to each unit from time to time during reasonable hours as may be necessary for the maintenance, repair, or replacement of any common elements or limited common elements therein or accessible therefrom or for making emergency repairs necessary to prevent damages to any other unit or units.

(6) The association may purchase units in the condominium and otherwise acquire, hold, lease, mortgage, and convey the same. It may also lease or license the use of common elements and limited common elements in a manner not inconsistent with the rights of unit owners.

(7) The association may acquire or enter into agreements whereby it acquires personal property, real property, leaseholds, memberships, or other possessory or use interests in lands or facilities including, but not limited to, country clubs, golf courses, marinas, and other recreational facilities intended for the use or benefit of the unit owners. No unit shall be changed except by amendment to the declaration, and no unit owner shall be charged with any cost or expense of such acquisition or any portion of the cost or expense of the administration, management, repair, or replacement thereof, or have any liability in connection therewith, without such unit owner's express consent.

(8) The association may enter into agreements by which its powers and responsibilities or some of them may be exercised or performed by some other person or persons.

(Acts 1964, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 206, p. 266, §25; Acts 1973, No. 1059, p. 1732, §9.)