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  • Rockville HOA Under Investigation After More Than $100K Missing (MD) October 17, 2017 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 former employee. No arrests have been made, and the general manager of the HOA did not want to comment.    Read the article………………
  • Coping with a Condemned Condo in Canal Woods (MD) October 4, 2017 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 storm in August left the couple sleeping on a floor surrounded by unpacked boxes.  “I don’t think we enjoyed the apartment for a week before it all happened,” Berchieri said.    Read the article………………….
  • Fire at Belcamp condominium complex displaces 15 (MD) October 3, 2017 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 story, 12-unit building suffered heavy damage, including the collapse of sections of the third story, according to a notice of investigation issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office Monday morning.     Read the article…………
  • Fire Marshal: Riverside Condo Building Condemned After Blaze (MD) October 2, 2017 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 fire in the 1400 block of Golden Road Court, the fire marshal said.     Read the article…………..
  • Lynnhill Condo Residents Recieve $100K Settlement from Utility Companies After Power and Gas Cut With Little Notice (MD) September 13, 2017 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 Maryland Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday.  More than 100 families who lived in the condos were forced to leave their homes after the utility companies stopped power and gas service Oct. 25, 2016.      Read the article……………
  • County promise to repair Greenbrier’s roads leaves residents hopeful, but skeptical September 11, 2017 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 were thrilled to get an actual answer from the County Executive’s office,” Greenbrier Community Association president Kyra Vocci said Sept. 7. “I do have my reservations, though, because we’ve been told before that we’re ‘next on the list.’ But it’s ...
  • Residents of Towson neighborhood confront racist legacy of covenants (MD) September 10, 2017 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 Towson neighborhood — where, she says, you can’t live long without getting to know your neighbors. So Auburn was disturbed to discover a piece of Rodgers Forge history that remains in its legal records.  “No person of any race other ...

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  • How To Best Deal With Neighbor Disputes In Pet Policy When you hear a dog barking during off hours, you immediately think, “That’s not how to be a good neighbor,” or “That’s so annoying!”  You probably want to complain to all the residents in the neighborhood about the dog or instantly report them to your HOA.   However, most of the time, the pet owner doesn’t mean any harm or inconvenience. In these instances, it’s important to be understanding and forgiving.   Read the article…………….
  • The Top 3 Pet Policy Problems (And How To Solve Them) Are you ready to learn how to be a good neighbor if you have pets? Check out IKO Community Management’s top pet policy problems in HOA communities and how to solve them quickly:  Problem 1: You find dog waste in common areas on your morning run or post-dinner walk with your family. This is a problem because dog waste can cause the spread of disease and unwanted animal attention.  It can also negatively affect selling and renting properties in your ...
  • Starting a Neighborhood Watch in Your Community Many of our communities have expressed an interest in forming a neighborhood watch in order to assist with preventing crime and building stronger relationships with law enforcement. Though forming a neighborhood can be a great way to achieve these goals, a neighborhood watch could result in liability to the community. To reduce liability to the community, we recommend the following safe guards:    Read the article…………….
  • What’s a Board to Do? A Guide to Resolving Disputes in Your Community We have been asked on numerous occasions recently to give guidance to our community association clients about disputes that arise with and between their members. Communities throughout Maryland, and across the country, grapple with these questions every day. Resolving disputes within a community association can be one of the most daunting tasks facing members of the Board of Directors or property managers. It can be a confusing process to the lay person and oftentimes is not as cut and dry ...
  • Bankruptcy 101: Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 We have been asked on numerous occasions recently to provide guidance to our community association clients about the effects that bankruptcy has on their collections cases. The most common forms of bankruptcy by owners in the community association context are filed pursuant to either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Because of the confusion surrounding bankruptcy, many boards see bankruptcy as a negative for their community. Though the filing of bankruptcy certainly can have negative ...
  • 6 Pet Rules Every Homeowner Should Follow If you’re wondering how to be a good neighbor, a great place to start is by understanding proper pet etiquette in an HOA community. Thankfully, many boards offer existing guidelines for you to follow, which makes everything easier.    Read the article…………
  • New Maryland Laws Governing Condominiums and HOAs Beginning on October 1, 2017, several new laws will go into effect in Maryland governing condominiums and homeowners associations (“HOA”). With so much of new residential real estate being developed as part of an HOA or a condominium regime, these new laws will affect many homeowners in Maryland.   Read the article…………

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Homeowner Association

Timeshare

Extending the authority of the Attorney General’s Office to HOA’s

State of Maryland Community Association Laws: Frequently Asked Questions

Maryland Condo & HOA Resources

Community Associations Institute – Washington Metropolitan ChapterChesapeake Bay Chapter

Maryland Homeowners’ Association, Inc.

The mission of Maryland Homeowners’ Association (MHA) is to advance good governance, civil discourse, best practices and informed citizen participation in the organization and administration of condominium associations, homeowner associations and housing cooperatives. MHA is a non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer organization committed to the protection of homeowner rights through education and public policy initiatives that promote greater accountability, transparency and communication between the leadership of common ownership communities and their members.

 

Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities
MISSION STATEMENT: The CCOC is committed to providing owners, tenants, residents, boards of directors, and management companies of self-governing residential communities with information, assistance, and impartial dispute resolution programs that:

  • Improve the quality of life in the community
  • Strengthen the self-governing community structure and
  • Enhance the value of residential property in community associations

The CCOC provides these services to the public with integrity, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards.

General
Get the Facts About Montgomery County’s Common Ownership Community Law

Filing a Complaint 
Complaint Procedure
Policy Statement on Exhaustion of Remedies
Unsafe and Unhealthy Conditions

Commission on Common Ownership Communities
General Information
Montgomery County Code: Ch. 10b, Common Ownership Communities (PDF)
Minutes of Recent CCOC Meetings CCOC Decisions
CCOC Adopts Rules on Default Judgments Commissioners

Homeowner Resources 
Architectural Control Assessments And Your Community (PDF)
Assessments And Your Community (Printable PDF)
Bill of Rights and Responsibilities Foreclosure Assistance (Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs)

Association Resources 
Registration of Common Ownership Communities (condominiums, homeowner associations, or co-operatives) 
Community Association Manual and Resource Guide (PDF)
How to Hold an Election
Meetings
Records and Documents
Multi-Family Energy-Efficiency Rebate Program

Publications 
Communicator Newsletter Winter 2010 (PDF)
Communicator Newsletter Library

Montgomery County Common Ownership Community Manual & Resource Guide: This manual is intended to serve as a resource for all common ownership communities in Montgomery County, Maryland and beyond. It was prepared by members of the Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities.

 The law firm of Cowie & Mott has a number of articles dealing with construction defect issues

 

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