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

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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?”

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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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Lender Backlash Over Condo Foreclosures

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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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Exculpatory Clauses: Is my HOA liable for anything?

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HOAs and condominium associations (referred to collectively as HOAs for the purpose of this blog) generally have a responsibility to maintain and repair common areas (e.g. the roof, parking lot, hallways, lobby, pool, certain pipes, etc.) as defined by their bylaws and declaration.  Beyond the common areas, however, the HOA…

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Renting Out Your Condo: Problems for the HOA and the Owner

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Most people do not know that condominiums are self-governed associations who create their own rules for operation and use. These rules are found in the condominium instruments, which ordinarily consist of the bylaws and the declaration. The condominium may also have house rules and other regulations that it passes from…

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What Happens When a Condo Owner Files Bankruptcy?

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It is hard for homeowner’s associations and condominiums to keep their cash flow running on full these days.  Their reserves depend solely upon unit owners’ ability keeping their financial obligations in the form of monthly assessments.  These assessments are paid by all owners for the community’s common expenses such as…

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