Maryland Manager Licensing Legislation Considered

by Tom Schild

Manager licensing legislation is under review by Maryland Senate and House committees.  The proposed Maryland Common Interest Community Managers Act (House Bill 433/Senate Bill 372) would require individuals who provide management services to Maryland condominiums, homeowner associations, and housing co-ops to obtain a license issued by a State Board of Common Interest Community Managers.

Applicants for a common interest community manager’s license would be required to complete a state-approved training program and pass an exam.   Those actively engaged in providing management services for at least 12 months prior to applying for a manager’s license and having specified professional manager designations would also be eligible for a manager’s license.

Beginning October 1, 2013, a license would be required for a manager to act on behalf of a Maryland association in its business, financial, legal or other transactions such as negotiating contracts, collecting and disbursing association funds, preparing budgets and financial reports, and enforcing association governing documents.

Among those exempt from the manager licensing requirements are management support staff who are supervised by a licensed common interest community manager, association board members and residents who act without compensation, attorneys engaged in the practice of law, certified public accountants providing bookkeeping or accounting services, and real estate brokers or sales persons when managing individual properties.

The State Board of Common Interest Community Managers would be authorized to establish license fees to produce sufficient funds to operate the licensing board.  Separately, most condos, HOAs and co-ops would be required to register with the state board and pay of a fee of $2 per unit up to $500 per association.

Public hearings on the proposed Maryland Common Interest Community Managers Act are scheduled for February 15 and 16.

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About Tom Schild is written by Thomas C. Schild. Tom focuses his practice in the representation of community associations. Since 1985, he has represented condominiums, homeowners associations, and housing cooperatives throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. He is recognized locally and nationwide as a leader in the field of community association law. Tom has written numerous articles and presented many seminars concerning various aspects of condominium and homeowners associations operations. He has recently presented programs regarding community associations insurance, contracts, leasing restrictions, tips for avoiding litigation, and community governance. He is a long-time member and past Chair of the Maryland Legislative Action Committee of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), which represents community association interests before the Maryland General Assembly. Tom is also a member of CAI's National Faculty and teaches a Community Governance course for community association managers in cities nationwide. And, he is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) which is comprised of fewer than 150 lawyers nationwide recognized for their leadership and contributions in the field of community law. He previously served on the Board of Directors of CAI's Washington Metropolitan Chapter. Tom is a 1976 graduate of Northwestern University and a 1980 graduate of the George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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