Columbia Association board on track to select a new leader by late April (MD)

A year after Columbia Association’s president and CEO resigned amid tensions with the board, board members say they are “on track” to pick a new leader by the end of April.  Columbia Association, a massive homeowners group that in many ways functions like a city government, has been without a full-time president and CEO since […]

Maryland judge sides with insurer in dispute involving 22 damaged condo roofs

A condo association submitted a claim to Philadelphia Indemnity, alleging a storm damaged the roofs of 22 condominium buildings that required replacement, claiming the replacement costs of the roofs totaled more than $1.1 million. Meanwhile, Philadelphia Indemnity estimated that the storm-related damages and repairs came in around $38,000.   Read the article…………………………………

ARC process now reflects HOA rules (MD)

The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors approved two resolutions to conform with the Maryland HOA Act related to Architectural Review Committee guidelines. The changes related to the workings of the committee and enforcement/notification of homeowners about violations.   Read the article…………………………..

‘It’s torture by a thousand cuts’ | Residents still search for answers one year after Potomac Oaks Condominiums explosion (MD)

On November 16, 2022, a 36-year-old man reportedly took his own life setting off a chain of events that caused an explosion at the Potomac Oaks Condominiums. The explosion left 14 people injured but only the 36-year-old man was killed. Montgomery County Department of Police Chief Marcus Jones said in 2022 that investigators have no […]

Bel Air 2-alarm condo fire leaves 26 people displaced (MD)

The fire took 75 firefighters from multiple companies to contain, while investigators confirmed it was a lightning strike that caused the fire. Residents reported hearing the strike and then smelling burning a short time later. The fire initially struck the roof, then collapsed into the third floor, causing portions of the other floors to collapse.  […]

More details on new state HOA law (MD)

In last week’s article, we reviewed the Maryland General Assembly’s new legislation requiring all condominiums, homeowner associations, and housing cooperatives to undertake regular reserve studies of common area components, under House Bill 107.   Read the article………………………..

Condo common areas studies required now (MD)

The Maryland General Assembly has passed new legislation, effective Oct.1, requiring all condominiums, homeowner associations, and housing cooperatives to undertake regular reserve studies of common area components.  Read the article………………………..

Residents file class-action lawsuit over lead paint chips from TV Hill tower (MD)

The company operating the tower developed the initial cleanup plan, said Jessica Meyer, president of the Woodberry Community Association. After the city asked for work on the tower to cease, the community association issued a list of demands asking for further outreach and transparency.   Read the article………………………..

Neighbors in Henry’s Mill Flooded With Concern Over Stormwater Management (MD)

Another issue stems from Henry’s Green not having an HOA, so Henry’s Mill HOA president Candi Combs said maintenance costs fall on her neighborhood.  “Henry’s Green, they don’t have an HOA so we’re solely responsible for the maintenance of this pond, we get all their stormwater,” said Combs.   Read the article………………………..

Berlin Residents Express Frustration Over Drainage Issues (MD)

Jim Herman, a resident of Henry’s Mill Drive, said he consistently had drainage issues on his property. He says those issues are caused by neighboring Henry’s Green.  “It’s not fair for the Henry’s Mill people to have to pay for that,” he said. “It’s not their development that caused the problem…We need help.”  Tyndall said […]

Columbia Association board denies rumors about Lakey Boyd’s job security, issues plan to ‘improve the relationship’ with CEO (MD)

The Columbia Association board of directors issued its first public comments Friday on President and CEO Lakey Boyd’s job status after months of speculation that it was moving to terminate the leader of the nonprofit entity, which serves as the de facto governing body of Maryland’s second-largest city.    Read the article………………………..

Some residents want recall of Columbia Association board members (MD)

A public argument over the direction of Maryland’s second largest city erupted Monday as a group of residents called for the recall of Columbia Association board members to prevent them from ousting the association’s top paid staff member.   Read the article………………………..

Is this the end of the manicured lawn? (MD)

A Maryland couple was ordered by their homeowner association to rip out their wildlife-friendly plantings for a manicured lawn. Instead they sued – and ended up changing state law.  Watch the news report……………………………..

Displaced Gaithersburg condo explosion residents visit, but cannot salvage belongings from rubble (MD)

A disheartening homecoming Monday for people whose homes were destroyed in last month’s Montgomery County condominium explosion.  The families impacted by the disaster are still living with a great deal of uncertainty. For many, when they arrived to their former Gaithersburg homes, it was like stepping back into a nightmare.   Read the article………………………..

Gaithersburg families remain in limbo weeks after condo explosion(MD)

Nearly three weeks after an explosion rocked a Montgomery County community, homeowners are still in limbo.  “I would say the current status is, there’s still a lot of we don’t know and a lot of confusion and a lot of answers that are still remaining,” said Traci DiMartini, who owns a condo at Potomac Oaks […]

Battle continues over responsibility for fixing Charles County sinkholes (MD)

Merchant says according to property documents, the easement doesn’t belong to him. The county says: it’s on private property.  FOX 5 did view communication that says the Swan Point Property Owner’s Association, the developer and county have been in talks to come up with some sort of solution to the problem.   Read the article………………………..

Man Sentenced For Henry Mill Home Owners Association Theft (MD)

A Berlin man will spend a month in jail after pleading guilty to a theft scheme involving a local homeowners association.  At a hearing Tuesday, Berlin resident Andrew Charles Riley was sentenced to six months in jail with all but one month suspended. The sentence comes after Riley pleaded guilty in July to a theft […]

Collection lawyers avoid lending laws in Maryland; Dissenter decries loophole

A law firm in the business of collecting homeowner association and condominium dues isn’t a “lender” under the Maryland Consumer Loan Law, the state’s highest court ruled, answering a central question in a class action in federal court by delinquent property owners.   Read the article………………………..

Berlin Man Pleads Guilty To Theft (MD)

A Berlin man awaits s  Read the article………………..entencing after pleading guilty to a theft scheme involving a local homeowners association.Berlin resident Andrew Charles Riley, 60, faced multiple charges related to the theft of close to $16,000 from the Henry Mill Home Owners Association. Riley accepted a plea offer from the state and pleaded guilty to […]

Homeowner fined $40,000 for a few inches of fence takes HOA to court (MD)

Disputes between homeowners and their condo or homeowners association (HOA) aren’t uncommon, but a Maryland woman said her Board took it too far.  The disagreement involved a fence and its boundaries. And while the fence cost around $8,000 to construct, the litigation that followed amounted to nearly $40,000.   Read the entire article……………………………….