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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this is happening.
What the statute says is, "The records of the association shall be made available to a unit owner within 45 miles of the condominium property or within the county in which the condominium property is located within 5 working days after receipt of a written request by the board or its designee." Fl. Stat., Section 718.111(b). The statute also allows, but does not require, the board to provide electronic copies. You may want to check your bylaws to see if that requires electronic copies. If not, unfortunately, there is nothing in the statute that requires them to mail the documents to you.
As far as why they'd send you the prior documents or unsigned records and not this, it could be that their lawyer told them they didn't have to. It could be they know the cost is unreasonable and they're hiding behind the law. But they unfortunately don't have to produce the documents unless you go to Florida to read them. A better option might be to see if you can get one of the other owners to request a copy and share them with you. You're talking about a huge amount of money (unless there are hundreds of units in the community), and I'd be surprised if you're the only one who wants proof before having to pay.
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