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Legislative Year in Review 2011

  
In a legislative year that required strong action by its Legislative Action Committee (LAC), CAI-CT is pleased to announce that our efforts to promote best practices and protect community associations in our state led to the passage of legislation that provides further clarification for the CIOA changes passed back in 2009.  

The key bill that passed is HB 6234, which is described as AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS OF CONDOMINIUM UNIT OWNERS' ASSOCIATIONS AND CHANGES TO THE COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT. The full text of the bill is available online at http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/fc/pdf/2011HB-06234-R000881-FC.PDF.

Essentially, the bill modifies and clarifies a few of the provisions that were previously outlined in the Common Interest Ownership Act (CIOA). These new changes will go into effect on October 1, 2011 . CAI-CT members can rest assured that CAI-CT will offer plenty of educational opportunities to explain these new revisions and the impact, if any, which
will be felt by local community associations.

Some of the key components of the bill include:

  • Association board members have enhanced conflict of interest requirements, including not being allowed to “accept any item of value” which may influence a vote, action or judgment of the board member.
  • Hearings must be held before an action or a proceeding against a unit owner is brought.
  • Managers will not be allowed to campaign for any person seeking election as an executive board member.
  • Clarification of descriptions for horizontal and vertical boundaries is included. 
    Associations will be required to prepare and maintain a schedule of standard fixtures, improvements and betterments on an annual basis so homeowners can coordinate their homeowners insurance coverage. 
      

While the CAI-CT LAC considers the outcome of this year's Legislative Session generally favorable, it also forecasts an active Legislative Session for 2012.  We encourage our members and magazine subscribers to be proactive in their efforts to help us educate both your association homeowners and your legislators about the strategies for achieving best practices in thriving associations.  We also encourage you to reach out to your elected officials to thank them for their support for laws which have a positive impact on vibrant community living.

Finally, based on the testimony we heard at the Capitol this year and our interactions with a unit owners’ group in our state, we are taking a leadership position in proposing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a far more effective and efficient alternative to the expense of a new layer of government bureaucracy in the form of a Condominium Ombudsman. CAI-CT is also calling upon all of its members to be prepared for the upcoming legislative session by helping to spread the word and attend upcoming education sessions.

 

more Upcoming Events

2/2/2019
Condo Inc. - (Education for Homeowners & Board Members)

3/16/2019
Annual Condo/HOA Conference & Expo

 

 

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