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High Point condo resident fights to keep historic sign (MD)

An online petition to preserve the High Point South Condominium signage at 11204 Coastal Highway has been launched by unit owner Canan Johna Ozkok.  A full-time resident at High Point South for the last three years, Ozkok said her father

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Rain gardens take root as revitalized community tackles polluted runoff (MD)

Miramar Landing’s new green face is the fruit of $150,000 in grants and the elbow grease of community residents. The goal is to offset some of the polluted stormwater runoff flowing to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries from an

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Rockville HOA Under Investigation After More Than $100K Missing (MD)

A homeowners association in Rockville, Maryland, is under investigation after a report of more than $100,000 missing from their coffers.  Rockville police said they opened an investigation in August into the King Farm HOA and want to talk to a

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Coping with a Condemned Condo in Canal Woods (MD)

A couple was moving in together and after searching for the perfect place, they found it in Canal Woods.  Bruno Berchieri and Hunter Owens said the condominium complex felt like home. Until 10 days after moving in, it flooded. A

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Fire at Belcamp condominium complex displaces 15 (MD)

Fifteen people were displaced after a fire caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a Belcamp condominium complex early Sunday morning, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  No injuries or fatalities were reported, but the three

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Fire Marshal: Riverside Condo Building Condemned After Blaze (MD)

Authorities say that 15 residents were displaced after a condo fire in Riverside early Sunday morning. The blaze caused $1 million in damage, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.  At 2:18 a.m., crews responded to a building

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Lynnhill Condo Residents Recieve $100K Settlement from Utility Companies After Power and Gas Cut With Little Notice (MD)

Pepco and Washington Gas Light Company will pay $100,000 to residents of Lynnhill Condominiums because the utility companies cut power and gas to the building after giving occupants only one day of notice before leaving them in the dark, the

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County promise to repair Greenbrier’s roads leaves residents hopeful, but skeptical

Baltimore County officials intend to begin repaving cracked and pot-holed roads in Towson’s Greenbrier neighborhood as early next spring, leaving residents there who have long sought the repairs feeling hopeful yet skeptical that the county will keep its promise.  “We

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Residents of Towson neighborhood confront racist legacy of covenants (MD)

Hiteshi Auburn liked the tree-lined streets and sturdy brick homes of Rodgers Forge. She loved how the children played outside and walked to school.  But most of all, it was the sense of community that attracted her family to the

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Bullhorns used to evacuate residents from condemned Md. condo complex

Prince George’s County Police used bullhorns to encourage residents of a crumbling and condemned condominium complex to comply with orders to evacuate the buildings immediately.  Dozens of officers were at the Lynnhill condominiums to oversee what authorities are describing as

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Anger erupts after violations force 100 to vacate Temple Hills apartment (MD)

Angry residents confronted Prince George’s County Fire Rescue Chief Anthony Barksdale as he announced a decision to condemn the troubled Lynnhill Condominiums over chronic safety violations.  About residents were given 24-hours to get out of the two-building complex, after fire

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Residents could be forced out of problem-plagued Md. condo complex again

Less than a year after residents were forced to move out on a moment’s notice, the problem-plagued Lynnhill condominium complex is facing a similar scenario: The Prince George’s County Fire Department has warned residents that several serious fire code violations

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Who pays for $100,000 sinkhole in Md. couple’s backyard?

A Charles County couple woke up to find not one, but two sinkholes in their backyard.  Now they might be getting stuck with a $100,000 bill to fix the sinkholes, even though they formed after a drainpipe that serves their

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Prosecutors Drop Charges in Westbury HOA Theft Case (MD)

A litany of theft charges filed against the former property manager of the Westbury Community Association has been dropped by prosecutors, online court records show, but officials in State’s Attorney Richard Fritz’s office say Torya Nicole Timms is still under

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Kass: Can board block delinquent owners from using pool?

Q:  We have a couple of delinquent owners in our condo. Can we prohibit them from using the swimming pool?     Read the Q&A…………

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Ocean Pines flares up as adults-only pool opens to children (MD)

The threats included demands for refunds on association fees, lawsuits and voting association members out of office.  During the hottest week of the year so far, some Ocean Pines residents lost their cool after the association’s Board of Directors opened

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Ocean Pines Board rules it’s OK to have children at Yacht Club pool (MD)

Ocean Pines approved allowing children to use the adults-only pool at the Yacht Club, officials announced Monday, causing a major uproar with some residents who felt a child-free pool was a selling point for them to come to the community

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Two Bills That Affect Maryland Foreclosure Notices

The Maryland legislature has passed House Bill 26 (“HB26”) which amends the foreclosure notice provisions contained in Maryland Real Property Article 7-105.2. HB26, slated to take effect on October 1, 2017, provides that notice of a foreclosure sale must be

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Maryland Senate Fails To Consider Bill Passed By House To Preclude Limitations On Construction Defect Claims

The Maryland Senate failed to vote on SB 670, which would prevent condominium developers from limiting the ability of the council of unit owners and individual unit owners to bring claims for building defect issues. The House of Delegates version

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Real Estate Chartridge is an Anne Arundel community fights to preserve its green space (MD)

The pool complex sits at one end of the common area — five acres of lush grass and field — and a pond is at the other end.  “Our common area is the crown jewel of the community,” said Roberts,

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Stoneleigh residents optimistic about county plans to relieve flooding (MD)

After the first two storms, John Gramiccioni knew the severe flooding in front of his Kingston Road home, in Stoneleigh, was no fluke.  In the past, rain had caused some overflow in the Towson community, he said, but nothing like

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

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 legislative session), provides for

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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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