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The Common Interest Ownership Act - (CIOA) - passed by the Connecticut legislature on June 3, 1983, became the first state law in the United States to unify and modernize the law of common interest communities. This Act covers in a uniform manner the law of condominiums, real estate cooperatives, planned unit developments, and reciprocal easement regimes.

Recent CIOA Revisions:

Public Act No. 11-195 - AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS OF CONDOMINIUM UNIT OWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS AND CHANGES TO THE COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT.

Public Act 10-186 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT. Effective: July 1, 2010  For a full description >>

Public Act 09-225 - AN ACT CONCERNING AMENDMENTS TO THE UNIFORM COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT. The changes require more formality in the general operations of the community and more accountability from those in charge.

CIOA Changes Discussed in Common Interest Articles:

CIOA Revision Handout by Lisa Anderson, Esq., Adam Cohen, Esq. and Christopher Hansen Esq. - The purpose of this outline and presentation is to begin the process of familiarizing you with the types of changes that have been made to the laws governing common interest communities in the State of Connecticut. Read More.........

CIOA Comparative Summary by Steve Berg Esq.- this tracks the substantive changes section by section. Read more...

Considering CIOA Amendments When Budgeting by Christopher E. Hansen, Esq. - In the coming months, many associations will be putting together their annual budgets.  Board members and property managers are already conferring with contractors and insurance agents.  Committees are combing their lists of projects to see what they can fit into the budget for next year.  One thing that should not be overlooked while setting up that budget is the line item for legal expenses. Read More.........

REVOLUTION REVISED - Changes Adopted to the New CIOA Legislation by Adam J. Cohen, Esq. - July 1, 2010 is the delayed effective date which the Connecticut legislature had given communities so that they would have a full year to bring their documents and practices into compliance.  During this time, CAI has been educating its member associations on these sweeping new changes, and condo boards and their lawyers have been working hard to get themselves ready. Read More.........

Common Interest Ownership Act and Connecticut Condominium Master Insurance By Rich Bouvier - Written Maintenance Standards?
From afar, this sounds like a negative and costly program, but I see it as a formal way for an association to address areas of common insurance claims and create a procedure to mitigate future claims. Read More.........

Common Interest Ownership Act and Connecticut Condominium Master Insurance By Rich Bouvier - Improvements and Betterments?
When it comes to community association insurance, there are a few items that will change on July 1.  Some of these changes may have a direct impact of coverage requirements as well as premiums.  Knowing what to expect is key and having a strategy to plan and implement these changes is equally important. Read More.........

Condo Law REVOLUTION by Adam J. Cohen, Esq. - Will Your Community be Ready for the Most Sweeping Statutory Changes in a Quarter-Century? New Rights for Unit Owners, Additional Powers for Association Boards
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CIOA Resources:

The Common Interest Ownership Act - (CIOA) - passed by the Connecticut legislature on June 3, 1983, effective on passage as to conversion principles and effective January 1, 1984 as to the remainder of the Act , became the first state law in the United States to unify and modernize the law of common interest communities. This Act covers in a uniform manner the law of condominiums, real estate cooperatives, planned unit developments, and reciprocal easement regimes.

Robert's Rules of Order IN BRIEF - Author(s): Henry M. Robert III, W.J. Evans, D.H. Honemann, and T.J. Balch; Retail Price: $9.95

Basic Parliamentary Procedure - Cheat Sheet by CAI

CAI-CT Member Attorneys are well-versed in Community Association Law. We suggest that you consult an attorney who specializes in community association law for all your legal concerns. Member attorneys may be found in our service directory.

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