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  • Condo owners may need to take legal action against developer who refuses to sell new units August 7, 2017 We bought into a condo development five years ago. The condo documents said the declarant didn’t have to follow the condo rules or pay dues on his units until the last unit was sold.  We didn’t worry because the declarant control had expired and the developer was paying a reduced agreed amount each month for upkeep. We figured it would all shake out once all units were sold.     Read the article…………..
  • 11 people displaced after partial condo building collapse in DC July 29, 2017 Nearly a dozen people are without homes this weekend after D.C. Fire and EMS officials say heavy rains likely led a condo building’s basement to partially collapse.  Officials condemned five units in the Fairfax Village Condos in the 3800 block of V Street Southeast. About 3 a.m. Saturday, firefighters began getting calls about the partial collapse     Read the article………….
  • This condo owner pays fees for a money-losing garage and doesn’t even own a car June 16, 2017 I live in a condo with 150 different units. Our assessments are based on our square footage. Residents can pay a monthly rent for parking spaces, while guests pay by the hour to park in the garage.  Our assessments are high. The garage loses $90,000 a year. Instead of raising the rates on parking, our board chooses to pay the loss by taking it out of our assessments.   Read the Q&A…………..
  • Why you need to check with the HOA about building defects before buying that condo June 14, 2017 I am planning to buy a condominium, which is part of a homeowner association (HOA). I observed that a couple of units have exterior issues. It looks like bubbles are in the siding. However, the unit I am looking at is so far good.  After inquiring more about these mysterious bubbles, I learned that there were construction defects in the material used (which was synthetic stucco) and there had been a lawsuit against the construction company.    Read the Q&A………….
  • Abandoned condominium in Southeast DC described as war zone, city leaders step in May 21, 2017 City leaders are stepping in to address an eyesore in Southeast D.C., after a condominium was abandoned.  “It was something that we should never have in D.C., which is that kind of long term neglect of a building,” said Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue.  For months Nikki Peele drove by the condominium which she describes as more than just an eyesore.     Read the article………….

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  • Headstrong HOA Board Member Puts Himself in Harm’s Way Over Fair Housing Issues In a recent case decided by the D.C. Court of Appeals, the court heard a matter involving the intersection between community association governance and fair housing law. In this case, Wilfred Welsh, a board member of the Chaplin Woods Homeowners Association (the “HOA”), sued fellow HOA members Beverly McNeil and Alvin Elliott (the “McNeils”), claiming that the McNeil’s violated the HOA’s bylaws by renting out their townhouse for use as a residence by a group of recovering alcoholics and substance ...
  • Enforcing Mechanic’s Liens Against Condos in Maryland & DC This article discusses the unit owner notice and party inclusion requirements necessary for establishing and enforcing a mechanics’ liens against a condominium in Maryland and the District of Columbia.   Read the article……………
  • A Checklist for Associations Transitioning From Developer Control (Pt 2) (DC) This article is a continuation of “Declarant Transition – Part I,” an overview of the laws governing the declarant transition process for unit owners’ associations in the District of Columbia. Part II, below, sets forth a transition checklist that should be addressed by the initial, unit owner-elected board once it assumes control of the association from the declarant.    Read the article……………
  • Transition of Association Governance from Declarant to Unit Owner Control This is a two part article concerning “declarant transition,” the process by which the governance of a unit owner’ association is transferred from declarant to unit owner control. Part I, below, is an overview of the legal requirements in the District of Columbia that govern the transition process. Part II of this article will contain a “transition checklist” for transitioning unit owner-controlled boards of directors.   Read the article…………..
  • District of Columbia Condominium Law Amended To Require New Owner Notices The District of Columbia Condominium Act has been amended to require new notices and information be provided to condominium purchasers and unit owners.  When a condominium advises the owner of its intention to take legal action to collect any past due amount owned by the unit owner, the owner must be provided with a statement of account showing the total amount past due, including a breakdown of the categories of amounts claimed to be due and the dates those amounts ...

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District of Columbia Laws

The two Acts are maintained byWestLaw
Division 7 (Property)
Title 42 (Real Property)
Subtitle 3 (Condominiums)
Select “Condominiums” or Horizontal Property Act”

PDF Versions:
D.C. Condominium Act 
D.C. Horizontal Property Act


DC Condominium & HOA Resources

Community Associations Institute – Washington Metropolitan Chapter

Rees Broome, P.C. has a Community Association Newsletter

Washington Metropolitan Chapter of CAI Quorum magazine(current issue and archives)

DC Condo Law blog