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Condominium Owner’s Bill of Rights Amendment Act of 2015: A Bill That Will Not Reap Benefits for Unit Owners

By | community association, condo law, debtor's rights, foreclosure, HOA, HOAs, homeowners association, legislation, mediation, unit owner, unit owner's association, unit owners | No Comments

District of Columbia Council Member Anita Bonds (D-At Large), along with Council Members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), has introduced legislation that imposes new requirements on associations, beyond that which they are already mandated to do under the current condominium law, before they can foreclose on…

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“I filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy! Why do I still owe condo fees?”

By | bankruptcy, chapter 7, community association, condo law, discharge, HOA, HOAs, homeowners association, unit owner, unit owner's association, unit owners | No Comments

I get calls from unit owners all of the time clamoring about why their condo association is still attempting to collect unpaid assessments from them AFTER they file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  There are a few considerations unit owners must keep in mind.  First, if your condo association has filed…

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Enforcing Rules in Your Condominium: Who You Gonna Call?

By | CC&R, community association, condo law, covenants, HOA, HOAs, homeowners association, restrictions | No Comments

The vast majority of my condo clientele have major clashes over enforcing rules. After I have done an investigation into the particular situation that has tempers flaring, I find this common scenario: a problem has arisen that affects that quality of life for certain members in the Association; the Board…

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Lender Backlash Over Condo Foreclosures

By | Chase Plaza, community association, condo law, HOA, HOAs, homeowners association, unit owner, unit owner's association, unit owners | No Comments

The District of Columbia and 21 states have statutes that give condominium associations a super-priority over the first deed of trust for unpaid assessments. In D.C., the super-priority is limited to six months of unpaid assessments. Thus, a condominium association has the right to foreclose on a condominium lien and…

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Tips for HOAs on Avoiding Winter Disasters

By | community association, condo law, HOA, HOAs, homeowners association, landlord, snow removal, unit owner, unit owner's association, unit owners, winter preparation, winterization of HOA, winterize | No Comments

Winter is becoming more brutal in various parts of the country. If Association do not prepare before the worst of winter’s weather hits, they will be overwhelmed with daily issues. Here are a few tips that will help your community prepare for the worst. Designate Areas for Snow Removal before…

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New D.C. Court of Appeals Decision: Banks lose liens on condominiums after foreclosure sales

By | Chase Plaza, community association, condo law, HOA, HOAs, homeowners association, unit owner, unit owners | No Comments

Condo foreclosures have become more attractive in D.C. since the D.C. Court of Appeals’ recent ruling in Chase Plaza Condominium Association vs. JP Morgan Chase Bank. The Court of Appeals ruled that if an Association forecloses on its super-priority lien and there are not enough proceeds from the sale to…

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The “One-Bite” Rule: Homeowners Associations’ Liability for Animal Attacks

By | community association, condo law, covenants, HOA, HOAs, homeowners association, landlord, liability, restrictions, unit owner, unit owners | No Comments

What do pet owners, homeowners associations and landlords all have in common? They may be held liable for injuries caused by an animal attack on any premises deemed to be under their control. Under common law, domestic animals such as dogs and cats are regarded as not inherently dangerous pets….

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Putting Unit Owners on Blast: Is it legal and effective to “out” owners who do not pay thier HOA dues?

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All homeowner’s associations have to deal with owners who don’t pay dues. Even those with fairly low delinquencies will have a few owners that constantly fall behind. However, when owners stop paying the Association’s operational funds decrease while the operational expenses stay the same or increase. This puts HOAs in…

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The Condo Fee Fairness Act of 2014: Much Ado About Nothing

By | community association, condo law, HOA, HOAs, homeowners association, legislation | No Comments

Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) introduced legislation last month that establishes new requirements for condominium associations before they can foreclose on unit owners who are delinquent on their monthly assessments. This bill, co-sponsored by council member Kenyan McDuffie (D- Ward 5), creates several new requirements for Associations including (1)…

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