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2017 Maryland Condo and HOA Legislation–The Final Score

Employee sick leave, natural gas fracking, and opioid abuse were the headline issues of the 2017 Maryland legislative session. Beyond these hot button topics, the General Assembly also considered many bills regarding condo and homeowner association governance, foreclosure procedures, state

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

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 the required percentage vote for

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Judge rules that religious organization must remove structure it built in Towson neighborhood (MD)

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has ordered that a controversial 6,614-square-foot structure a religious organization built in a residential neighborhood in Towson must come down within the next year.  The decision is the latest in a legal battle between

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Maryland General Assembly Passes Legislation To Allow Reduced Number Of Votes To Amend Condo Bylaws

Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly have passed legislation that would reduce the number votes required to amend condominium bylaws. House Bill 789 was approved unanimously in both the House of Delegates and State Senate. The new law would

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House of Delegates Passes Amended Version Of Bill To Require Notice to Owners Of Common Element Sales (MD)

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed an amended version of a bill previously approved in the State Senate that would require a condominium council of unit owners to provide at least 30-days notice to all unit owners of any

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

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 construction defect claims against the project’s developer.

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Unit Owners Look To Block Condo Association’s Plans For Rooftop Cellphone Antennas; Court Granted Temporary Injunction (MD)

The Worcester County Circuit Court has temporarily blocked actions on a lease agreement between an Ocean City condominium association and Verizon Wireless to install and operate cellphone antennas on the roof of a condo building.  The decision follows an ongoing

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Maryland Senate Committee Approves Amendment To Bill Allowing HOAs To Collect Fees For Resale Inspections

The Maryland State Senate has approved, with amendment, a bill previously passed by the House of Delegates. House Bill 34, would give homeowner associations the right to collect a fee relating to inspections during the resale process.    Read the

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State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Notice To Owners Of Common Element Sales (MD)

By a vote of 47-0, the Maryland State Senate passed Senate Bill 809, which 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

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One dies, three injured in Montgomery condo fire (MD)

One person died and three others were injured in a fire at a townhouse condominium development in Montgomery County, officials said.     Read the article………….

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Unit Owners Look To Block Condo Association’s Plans For Rooftop Cellphone Antennas (MD)

The Worcester County Circuit Court has temporarily blocked actions on a lease agreement between an Ocean City condominium association and Verizon Wireless to install and operate cellphone antennas on the roof of a condo building.  The decision follows an ongoing

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House of Delegates Passes Bill To Preclude Condo Developers From Limiting Owners Construction Defect Claims (MD)

By a vote of 136-0, the Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill to protect condominium owners’ rights with regard to bringing construction defect claims against the project’s developer. House Bill 676 would prevent condominium developers from limiting the ability

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House of Delegates Passes Legislation Requiring Periodic Reserve Studies (MD)

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 an earlier post, the

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2017 Maryland Condo and HOA Legislation–The Home Stretch

Two weeks until the 2017 Maryland legislative session ends on April 10. Several bills affecting condominium and homeowner associations are still under consideration.   Read the article………….

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House of Delegates Passes Bill To Reduce The Votes Required To Amend Bylaws (MD)

By a vote of 135-0, the Maryland House of Delegates has passed legislation that would reduce the percentage of affirmative votes required to amend condominium bylaws. Under Section 11-104(e) of the Maryland Condominium Act, condominium bylaws may only be amended

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

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 Department of Assessments and Taxation. The proposed

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Proposed Maryland Law Would Permit HOAs To Collect A Fee For Resale Inspections

House Bill 34 in the Maryland General Assembly would give homeowner associations the right to collect a fee relating to inspections during the resale process. The proposed law would entitle an HOA to charge “a reasonable fee not to exceed

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New law sets fee limits on condo resale documents (MD)

In the 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly, legislation under House Bill 1192 was passed that alters the contents of required disclosures, authorizes additional fees, and sets limits on fees that may be charged to a seller by a

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State Senate Bill Would Authorize Common Element Restrictions On Delinquent Unit Owners (MD)

Senate Bill 529 in the Maryland General Assembly would authorize condominiums to restrict the use of common elements by unit owners who are delinquent in paying assessments. The proposed law would add new subsection 11-104(e) to the Maryland Condominium Act

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Man who fought HOA over $500 mailbox and won says his mailbox was vandalized

Was someone trying to deliver Keith Strong a message?  The Prince George’s County man who waged a seven-year battle against his homeowner’s association over a $500 mailbox mandate recently discovered that the $35 mailbox he installed to celebrate his victory

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Lawsuit filed after Legionnaire’s outbreak in condo building (MD)

A Florida couple filed a lawsuit against the Golden Sands Club Condominiums in Ocean City in connection with the 2015 Legionnaire’s disease outbreak.  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland in Baltimore on Monday, is the second

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Bel Air condo residents displaced by fire in flue Monday night (MD)

Two condominium units in Bel Air’s English Country Manor community were damaged and four residents of those units were displaced Monday night following a fire that started in a fireplace flue, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Maryland General Assembly Again Considers Registration Requirement For Common Ownership Communities

House Bill 41 now pending in the Maryland General Assembly would require condominiums, homeowner associations and cooperative housing corporations to register annually with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.   Read the article……………

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Baltimore County residents seek ban on developer campaign donations (MD)

Residents from around Baltimore County implored state lawmakers Friday to ban developers from making campaign contributions to the county executive and members of the County Council.  Representing Towson, Edgemere, Bowleys Quarters, Pikesville, and White Marsh, the residents told stories of

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Local In a community of million-dollar homes, a fight over a $500 mailbox ends in court (MD)

The $35 wooden mailbox Keith Strong bought in 2009 seemed charming and functional for the home he shared with his wife in a posh golf community in the suburbs of Washington. It was a newer version of the mailbox the

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Your condo probably has a rule against renting your unit out on Airbnb

Inauguration weekend is almost here, and it is estimated that more than a million visitors will be coming to Washington — some to applaud and some to protest the new president.  Where will all these people stay? Some will be

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Comcast extension costs tiny subdivision $27,565 (MD)

After years of requests, Comcast finally gave a handful of families near New Baltimore the answer they wanted.  “Over the last 10 years, we called them about every couple of years,” Saints Hill subdivision homeowner Peter Popovich said. “The answer

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Researchers, officials drain man-made lake to kill toxic bacteria (MD)

A toxin-producing bacterium in Lake Anita Louise has been treated and is believed to no longer be a threat to human health.  The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies at Hood College began monitoring the lake in the spring of

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Condo crisis: New calls for investigation (MD)

A Maryland state senator is calling for the Maryland Attorney General to investigate whether mismanagement or theft may have played a role in the financial failure of a 219-unit condo complex that has left some residents homeless.  “All that money

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Power restored to Temple Hills condo complex (MD)

Although residents of the complex said utility costs are included in their rent, Pepco and Washington Gas cut off service because the complex owes them more than $1 million.  Initially, residents were given just 72 hours to move out, but

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Residents allowed to stay for a week after power cut off (MD)

Prince George’s County has been temporarily ordered to stop its efforts to condemn the financially troubled Lynnhill Condominium Complex in Temple Hills and allow residents unrestricted access to the buildings for at least another week.  However, the buildings will remain

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Residents look to federal bankruptcy judge to get utilities back (MD)

Wednesday, as tearful residents working with Prince George’s County Emergency Management officials to find other places to live, a lawyer for the bankrupt condominium association was headed to federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, to file for an injunction against the

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Lawsuits, outstanding bills, and no power in Prince George’s Co. (MD)

There are 216 units at Lynnhill Condominiums in Temple Hills, Maryland. On Tuesday, they were dark and mostly empty.  As some residents carted their things to u-hauls, one told WUSA9, “It’s just sad that you pay your rent and this

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Condo residents to lose electricity in Prince George’s Co. (MD)

On Monday, dozens of families in Prince George’s County were told their electricity will be shut off on Oct. 25.  The residents at the Lynnhill Condominiums told ABC7 On Your Side they received a notice of intent about the proposed

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Management company owner sentenced to federal prison for stealing from homeowner associations (MD)

William Kyndall Francis built his property management business from his basement, growing it to 100 employees before being caught stealing from clients.  Francis, 39, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Tuesday to 42 months in federal prison

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Condo residents facing eviction over complex failing to pay bills in PG Co.

Dozens of families at a Prince George’s County condo complex are being forced to think about moving.  “I don’t have nowhere to go. That’s why I’m here,” said Monique Lindsey, who lives at the Lynhill Condominiums with her three kids.

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Condominiums in crisis: Financial troubles put many communities at risk (MD)

For five summers, a tarp has covered the swimming pool at Grand Bel II, a condominium community in Silver Spring that has no money for lifeguards, chemicals or insurance. The Vistas at Washingtonian Woods in Gaithersburg faces $600,000 in repairs

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Just named a director on your new condo board? Better get busy

I have just been elected president of our new condominium. Our new board of directors has just taken over from the developer, but frankly we are at a loss as to where and how to go. Any suggestions?     Read

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Why you should look carefully at an HOA’s plans for that community before buying a home there

Q: My wife and I made an offer on a property in a self-managed Virginia community of single-family homes. Our offer hinged, in part, on the sales agent’s assurance that maintenance of the community’s private roads was totally covered by

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Former Tidewater Property Management employee receives no jail time for $55,000-theft scheme (MD)

A former Tidewater Property Management employee was given a 10-year, fully-suspended prison sentence Wednesday morning after pleading guilty in April in stealing over $55,000 from individual homeowners and the Wyndham Condominium Association.  Donald Eugene Henderson III, of Pasadena, pleaded guilty

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In a crisis, condo board needs its own attorney

My sister and her husband own a condo in a development where a deck recently collapsed. The resident on the deck suffered a broken back. Now there is conflicting information about what repairs need to be made to all the

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Mother fights back after neighborhood dog attacks daughter, dog twice

A battle had been brewing for three years, after a neighborhood dog named Debo attacked Norma Coates’s daughter and his dog, Lucky, back in 2013. And then it happened again this year.  Read the article…………

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How to handle your downstairs condo neighbor who complains about your noisy footsteps

Our covenants, conditions and restrictions for our association state that all units above the first floor must be carpeted, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom areas. It then goes on to say that large rugs that cover the

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FEMA Reps Roasted Over Costly Flood Map Error In Ocean City (MD); ‘Disagreement’ Between City, Feds Still Being Worked On

However, in a few areas of the resort, particularly along condo row from 93rd to 123rd streets, FEMA determined through its new maps an existing secondary dune, built in front of several oceanfront properties in the early 1980s is now

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Battling dog owners square off at HOA meeting in MD

Norma Coates and her Bijou, Lucky, want German Contreras’ dog, Debo, banished from their Greenbelt neighborhood after she says the American Bulldog attacked and bit Lucky and her daughter, Natasha Lyles, on two occasions.  Contreras, who has already paid several

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County Says ‘Trash Enclosures’ At New Bethesda Condo Building Must Be Removed (MD)

Six outdoor trash storage “enclosures” made of stone and marble at a new Bethesda luxury condominium building aren’t allowed and must be torn down, according to a county permitting official.   Read the article………….

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Golden Sands condo guests report Legionnaires Disease (MD)

Following their stay at the Golden Sands condominium, 109th Street, last month, two guests have been diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease, a form of pneumonia.  Debbie Goeller, county health officer, confirmed the newest round of infections, which also occurred last year

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Tips for a season of safe grilling

Barbecue season heats up in earnest this holiday weekend and keeping the grill clean is just one safety issue to consider.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends periodically removing grease or fat buildup from grills and trays below the grill.

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FEMA ‘error’ may cost condominium owners (MD)

Hundreds of Ocean City condominium owners are finding themselves waist-deep in insurance premiums in the wake of new flood maps that local officials criticize as flawed.    Read the article………….

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Management Firm Owner Admits to Stealing Over $2.5 Million from Client Homeowner and Condo Associations (MD)

William Kyndall Francis, age 39, of Elkridge, Maryland pleaded guilty today to wire fraud.  The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the

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