SECTION 1. Clause (4) of subsection (b) of section 10 of chapter 183A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the words “master deed”, in line 24, the following:-
“, notwithstanding any provision in the by-laws, master deed, or administrative rules and regulations to the contrary.”
SECTION 2. Said Section 10 of chapter 183A of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after subsection (n) following subsection:
(o) Any provision of a master deed, declaration of trust, or by-laws that imposes upon the organization of unit owners any precondition to the institution or maintenance of a lawsuit, an arbitration, a mediation, or a similar proceeding, including, without limitation, obtaining a vote of unit owners, obtaining the approval of the declarant, establishing a budget for the litigation, providing a copy of the complaint to unit owners, requiring alternative dispute resolution, or which otherwise limits the free exercise of the power conferred in subsection (b)(4) of this section, shall be unenforceable and void as to public policy, unless the organization of unit owners adopts such a provision after the date on which the unit owners, other than the declarant or its affiliates, first elect a majority of the members of the governing board for the organization of unit owners. The adoption of the provision described in this subsection shall be accomplished in accordance with the requirements necessary to amend the declaration of trust or by- laws.”
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any special or general law to this contrary, this act shall apply to all master deeds, declaration of trusts, by-laws and any amendments thereto, without regard to whether such master deed, declaration of trust, bylaws, or amendment was recorded before, on or after the effective date of this act.
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