by Tom Schild
Condo, co-op and HOA board members in Montgomery County, Maryland will soon be required by a new County law to take a class on the responsibilities of serving on the board of directors.
Touted as the first law in the United States to mandate training for community association board members, the requirement applies to any director elected or appointed beginning in January 2016. Directors are required to take—and pass– the training class within 90 days of being elected or appointed to the board of a condominium, housing co-op or homeowners association.
The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) has developed a free, online training program for directors and others who wish to take it. According to the CCOC, it will be take about 2 hours to complete, can be taken in steps over time, will be interactive, and will include short quizzes which must be passed in order to move to the next section.
The training program is based on both Montgomery County and Maryland laws, and will include “best practices” for association management..
A director who does not complete the training program is not prevented from continuing to serve on the board.. However, a CCOC dispute resolution panel may consider failure to complete the training in deciding a dispute between an association and an owner. And, the CCOC may take legal action to enforce the new training requirement.
POSTED BY: Thomas Schild Law Group, LLC
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