The Maryland General Assembly ended its 2012 session on April 9 without enacting proposed legislation on community association manager licensing, developer to homeowner transition or HOA rules adoption and enforcement. After considering dozens of bills regarding governance of condominium and homeowner associations, only a few bills passed.
The Maryland Condominium Act was amended to authorize condo associations to gain access to units to investigate damage where necessary. Under this law, the council of unit owners of a condominium or its authorized designee will be able to enter the units to investigate damage under certain circumstances such as for public safety or to prevent damage to other portions of the condominium (HB 126). It does require a council of unit owners to make a reasonable effort to give notice to the owner of a unit to be entered. It becomes effective October 1.
Also enacted was a bill to require collection and removal of recyclable material by condominiums and apartment buildings with 10 or more units beginning in October 2014 (HB 1).