Kent drafts homeowners association ordinanceDOVER – A monthslong effort aimed at giving Kent County homeowners a fairer deal when working with developers to maintain their neighborhoods has resulted in a proposal that officials hope will restore faith in homeowners associations.
Community association law moves upCommunity associations, the nonprofit corporations that govern subdivisions, condominiums, planned communities and mixed-use developments, have become as common as fast-food restaurants. Nearly every new real estate development with multiple owners is governed by one or more community associations.
Govt assesses new timeshare legislationBy NATARIO McKENZIE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Government is looking at new legislation to promote the timeshare industry in the Bahamas, the minister of tourism arguing that an “across the board” focus was necessary in the tourism industry. “We are brining new legislation now that would cause the time share industry to become even more attractive,” Obie Wilchcombe told Tribune Business.
Columbia Association bill raises suspicionA bill to change how the Columbia Association is defined in state law is portrayed by the organization’s lawyer as a necessary housekeeping measure, but the legislation seems to have an image problem. The Columbia Association board had it on the agenda for discussion last week, but the occasion served mainly as a reminder of how it went when they did this last fall.
CA board might delay controversial homeowners legislationThe Columbia Association board might delay a request for legislation that would reclassify CA under state law, fearing that the proposal is too controversial to push through so quickly. The legislation would reclassify CA from a homeowners association, governed by the Maryland Homeowners Association Act, to a nonprofit community service corporation.
HOA reform bill won’t be taken up by SenateA bill aimed at making changes to laws governing homeowners’ associations in the state is dead for this legislative session. State Rep. Carolyn Justice, R-Pender, who co-chaired a House committee looking into issues between associations and their members, said Senate leaders have told her they don’t plan to consider the legislation before adjourning early next week.
Development Attorneys Author Bills Benefiting ClientsA law firm that raised thousands of dollars for two freshman Baltimore County council members wrote "significant portions" of a bill that could benefit a client seeking to develop a contestedBowleys Quarters marina. The proposed legislation was introduced last month by Councilman David Marks and had a hearing before the full council on Tuesday.
Lawmakers take steps on homeowners' associationsA legislative committee on Tuesday recommended changes to state law designed in part to make homeowners' associations across the state more accountable to members. The recommendations – which came after three well-attended public hearings on the issue across the state earlier this year and four hours of committee debate on Tuesday – received mixed early reviews.