Good question and I completely understand the concern. My homebuyers as well are always concerned about the accuracy of information in the HOA minutes. I will say though that I have found minutes to be very open and honest. When meetings are taking place, residents are rarely thinking about what a potential buyer will think about the minutes. I have found some very funny comments mentioning a complaining neighbor by name and making comments about how they always complain and that the plan is to continue to ignore them.
One more thought. Most HOA associations are very particular about getting as much detail about potential concerns into the minutes accurately. The effect of a law suit that could emerge if it was determined that a concern was discussed publicly and stricken from the record, would be devastating. Instead I find, they typically go too far in describing the concern and the solution that the board has come up with.
I understand what you're saying. I think it's important to emphasize how differently associations handle these types of things. Even a rules infraction likely wouldn't show up on a typical meeting minutes in most cases I've seen, unless the offender failed to immediately correct the situation. I certainly agree that I too have seen numerous minutes with those types of remarks, but I'm also aware of many situations that occurred in my HOA, and in other transactions I had in which there was some issue, but it was never discussed at a Board meeting or put into the minutes. As previously discussed, it can really vary depending on the HOA. Thanks for the clarification.
You obviously didn't read the original question or my answer very well. The original question regarded complaints from one homeowner about another, not "rules violations". My response noted that rules violations DO show up in the minutes. There's a big difference.
I don't know if you can completely depend on the minutes for this information. You might ask
this question of a member of the board or the management company for this building; whether
or not they include this information. Another suggestion would be to ask other people in the
building if they attend the meetings and if this has brought up.