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Changes in 2018 Maryland Condominium and HOA Laws

Several changes in Maryland condominium and HOA laws will affect the operation of condo and homeowners associations in 2018. Community associations and their Board of Directors are advised to act cautiously when interpreting amendments to the Maryland Homeowner Association Act and the Maryland Condominium Act. 

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Maryland Condominium and Homeowner Associations Face New Rules for Amendment of Governing Documents

A new law passed by the Maryland General Assembly (House Bill 789, Chapter 480) and signed by Governor Hogan, changes the definition of Maryland homeowners in community associations who were entitled to vote on amendment of documents.

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Condominiums May Not Opt Out Of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Provisions

Under Section 11-114 of the Maryland Condominium Act, Condominium Associations must maintain property insurance on the entire condominium including units, excepting improvements and betterments installed by the Unit Owner. Condominiums may not opt out of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Coverage provisions, and any changes in statue requirements must be amended by the Legislature, arguments published in a recent court opinion following a declaratory judgment action in Elasik, et al. v. Queen's Landing Council of Unit Owners, Inc.

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Anticipating Electricity Deregulation In Leases

At both the federal and state levels, the electric industry is undergoing profound changes as a result of deregulation, the effects of which are only beginning to be known. It will take a few years before the impact of deregulation is sorted out. Until then, there will be uncertainty and confusion for electricity consumers as they survey the new competitive landscape to find which offers from competing service providers make sense. Estimates of savings as a result of deregulation vary widely, but are often projected to range from ten percent to fifty percent savings. In a typical office building, electricity constitutes almost a third of its operating expenses and usually is the single most significant operating expense. With respect to malls and other retail establishments, over $5 billion is paid to utilities annually to cover electric heating and lighting costs.

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Past Articles

Changes in 2018 Maryland Condominium and HOA Laws

Several changes in Maryland condominium and HOA laws will affect the operation of condo and homeowners…

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New Standards Under Maryland’s Public Adjuster Act

Maryland has implemented new standards for public adjusters that will be applied and enforced by…

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Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals Observes Key Distinctions Between Examinations Under Oath and De

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals observed in Dolan v. Kemper Independence Ins. Co.…

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How Financial Advisors Can Avoid Compliance Failures: A Review of SEC 2018 Examination Priorities

Financial advisors can get clues about regulators’ top concerns by looking at the SEC’s…

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Estate Tax Changes Under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Effective January 1, 2018, the federal estate tax underwent a massive overhaul with the Tax Cuts…

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