2017 Maryland Condo and HOA Legislation–The Home Stretch

Two weeks until the 2017 Maryland legislative session ends on April 10.  Several bills affecting condominium and homeowner associations are still under consideration.

State Registration of Community Associations.  Passed by the House.  Reviewed by a Senate Committee and waiting further action.  Final passage possible but uncertain.

Manager Licensing.  Approval this year appears unlikely.  No action on the House bill, but summer study may be a possibility.

Replacement Reserves for Capital Expenditures.  Passed by the House.  The Senate is taking a look.

Lender Foreclosure Sales.  Both the House and Senate have passed a bill to require notice of foreclosure sale postponement and cancellation to be provided to the property owner and to condominium and homeowners associations which have recorded an assessment lien on the property.  Odds are it will get final approval by the Governor.

Two other bills regarding lender registration of foreclosures with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation have been passed by the House and are now in the Senate.

Governing Document Amendments.  The House approved a bill to make it easier for condos and HOAs to amend governing documents.  Senate committee may consider amendments.

Sale of Common Area.  Proposed bill was intended to help associations by requiring better County notice of tax sales of association common area.  After amendment in the Senate, the bill passed by the Senate would impose new notice requirements on condos and HOAs to notify owners of sale of the common area, including tax sales which are unknown to the association board.   Now up to the House to get this bill fixed or stopped.

Other legislation affecting condos and HOAs has already been killed by legislative committees as reported in our prior blogpost–2017 Maryland Condo and HOA Legislation–What’s Hot and What’s Not.

Posted by Thomas Schild Law Group, LLC, attorneys for condominiums, homeowner associations and housing cooperatives in Maryland–including Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Howard County, Frederick County, and Baltimore County; and in Washington, D.C.


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MarylandCondominiumlaw.net 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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