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Client Alert Update: Community Associations’ Estoppel Certificates

On June 14, 2017, Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 398, enacting it into law. The law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017, amends sections 718.116, 720.30851, and 719.108, Florida Statutes, regarding condominium,...more

Governor Signs Bill To Reduce Votes Required To Amend Condo and HOA By-Laws

by Baker Donelson on

Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, has signed into law a bill which will reduce the number votes required to amend condominium and homeowner association bylaws. What originated as House Bill 789, (now Chapter 480 of the 2017...more

Final Version Of Bill To Reduce The Number Of Votes Required To Amend Bylaws Passed With Amendments

by Baker Donelson on

Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly have passed an amended version of legislation that would reduce the number votes required to amend condominium bylaws. As amended, what originated as House Bill 789 would reduce...more

The Role of the Community Association in Neighbor vs Neighbor Disputes

Neighbor vs neighbor disputes are frequently a part of life in community associations. Common examples may include an owner allowing his dog to use his neighbor’s yard or an owner dumping trash on his neighbor’s yard....more

Senate Committee Issues Favorable Report On Bill To Preclude Developers From Limiting Condo Owners Claims

by Baker Donelson on

The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has issued a favorable report on legislation, which has already been passed by the House of Delegates, intended to protect condominium owners’ rights with regard to bringing...more

House of Delegates Passes Legislation Requiring Periodic Reserve Studies

by Baker Donelson on

By a vote of 135-1, the Maryland House of Delegates has passed House Bill 651, which would require condominiums and homeowner associations to conduct reserve studies of the common elements and common areas. As discussed in...more

House of Delegates Passes Registration Requirement for Condos, HOAs and Coops

by Baker Donelson on

The Maryland House of Delegates, by a vote of 99- 39, has passed House Bill 41, which would require residential condominiums, homeowner associations and cooperative housing corporations to register annually with the Maryland...more

Proposed Legislation Would Require Condominiums To Give Unit Owners Notice Of A Sale Or Lien Affecting A Common Element

by Baker Donelson on

Senate Bill 809 and House Bill 1369, now pending in the Maryland General Assembly, would require a condominium council of unit owners to provide at least 30-days notice to all unit owners of any sale, including a tax sale, of...more

Maryland Legislature Considers Proposal to Reduce Votes Required to Amend Bylaws

by Baker Donelson on

House Bill 789, now pending in the Maryland General Assembly, would reduce the percentage of affirmative votes required to amend condominium bylaws. Under Section 11-104(e) of the Maryland Condominium Act, condominium bylaws...more

Proposed Maryland Law Would Require Condominiums and Homeowner Associations To Undertake Reserve Studies

by Baker Donelson on

House Bill 651, now pending in the Maryland General Assembly, would require condominiums and homeowner associations to conduct reserve studies of the common elements and common areas. It is proposed that new Section...more

Texas Supreme Court Broadly Defines Successor When Enforcing the Insured v. Insured Exclusion

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Underlying Dispute - Robert Primo (Primo) served as the director and treasurer for a condominium association. Shortly before he resigned from that position, he wrote himself two checks totaling more than $100,000...more

Limitations on Community Association Approval or Denial of Service Member Rental Applications

Effective July 1, 2016, § 83.683, Florida Statutes, requires landlords, condominium associations, cooperative associations and homeowners associations to process rental applications submitted by service members within seven...more

What is a Community Association? Unwrapping the Riddle

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

There are approximately 14,000 planned communities located throughout North Carolina, but very few of the nearly 3 million residents of such communities have a clear understanding of what the heck the community association...more

Court Affirmed Dismissal Of Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Condo Board Members

by Winstead PC on

In Brown v. Hensley, a condominium complex was damaged by a hurricane, and the board of the complex allowed the complex to be demolished. No. 14-14-00981-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 727 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] January...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

by Williams Mullen on

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

What Information Is My Community Association Required to Provide in Relation to Sales of Units?

During transfers of properties in condominiums or other planned communities, community associations are frequently contacted by prospective buyers, lenders or realtors with requests for information pertinent to the transfer....more

Last Call for Opt-Out: Summary of Condominium Sprinkler Retrofit Requirements and Opt-Out Provisions

by Roetzel & Andress on

The deadline for opting-out of the Condominium Sprinkler Retrofitting Requirements is December 31, 2016. The following is a general summary of the state of the law for those who still need to opt–out or who want to review...more

Changes to the PA Uniform Planned Communities Act and the Uniform Condominium Act.

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Governor Wolf recently signed into law House Bill No. 1340 of 2015 which amends both the Uniform Planned Communities Act and Uniform Condominium Act. The two statutes are complementary and have substantially similar...more

Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting

As you may be aware, the deadline for condominium associations to vote to forego retrofitting with a fire sprinkler system is rapidly approaching....more

What's So Special About Special Meetings? A Brief Look Into Special Meetings of Property Owner Associations

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

All North Carolina property owner associations are required by law to have regular meetings of the Board of Directors ("Board") and at least one annual membership meeting to discuss and transact certain association business. ...more

As Hurricane Matthew Approaches: A "Top Ten" List for Handling Condominium Association Claims

Condominium association property claims can be contentious and confusing. Large condominium buildings often are the subject of multi-million dollar insurance claims, lawsuits, and appraisals.The “cookie cutter” nature of...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37588 - Prime Locations of CT, LLC v. Rocky Hill Development, LLC - When a commercial condominium unit owner’s association refused to grant their approval for a...more

Condominium Leasing Restrictions’ Impact on FHA Home Loan Eligibility

Frequently, the governing documents of condominium associations contain limitations on the ability of owners to lease or sell their property, such as provisions requiring owners to obtain the Association’s approval before...more

Are Condominium Unit Owners Required to Carry Insurance?

Generally speaking, condominium associations have the legal obligation to maintain insurance on all of the condominium improvements, with some exceptions. Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes (the “Condominium Act”),...more

Be Prepared: How to Avoid the Super-Priority Trap

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Servicers can face significant obstacles in preservation of their rights vis a vis assessments by homeowners’ associations and condo associations (a...more

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