Can I be Charged a Fee for Receiving Information?
Yes. HRS § 514B-154(j) states that any fee charged to an owner “shall be reasonable”, and that the fee shall include administrative and duplicative costs and not be more than $1 per page, except for pages exceeding 8 ½ inches by 14 inches, which charge may exceed $1 per page. It is unclear whether the statutory limit of $1 per page applies to other sections of the statute where information is provided, because HRS § 514B-154(j) says that the fee applies for requests to obtain association records “under this section”. However, it may be argued that the reasonable fee mandate includes those documents provided under HRS §§ 514B-152 and -153 as stated in HRS § 514B-154(d). The usual methods of dispute resolution, i.e., mediation, arbitration or civil litigation, apply should there be a disagreement over duplicating fees.