Maryland had a great number of changes to Community Association Laws in 2018. Many of the changes are those dealing with Developers and their role within in a Community Association:
- Any portion of a bylaw or declaration that shortens the time allowable to make a claim against the developer is unenforceable.
- As of October 1, 2018 the builder inside of a development of 11 or more homes must give energy-efficient options and explain the potential tax credits involved during settlement.
- As of July 1, 2018 developers will no longer have 3 votes for every unsettled lot versus 1 vote for every settled lot. Each lot will have one vote.
Many of the legislation changes did not pass. It is possible that these issues may be addressed during next year’s session in Annapolis.
- Manager licensing
- Electric Charging Vehicles – reserved parking spaces
For more information about the Maryland Legislative Updates, please read this great article from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston.