*Back By Popular Demand!* CMCA Exam Study Group - Nov 5!

November 2, 2020
CMCA Exam Study Group - REGISTER NOW! - Take the fear and anxiety out of taking the CMCA exam. Join us for a webinar style session and become familiar with the structure and content of the test in this interactive study session tailor made for managers and administrators pursuing the CMCA designation. Participants will be guided by a panel of professionals representing each of the knowledge areas covered in the exam. This session is not conducted as a lecture, but rather is a unique opportunity for participants to apply what they know in a discussion setting along with their peers and industry professionals.

Todd A. Sinkins Inducted to the College of Community Associations Attorneys

October 22, 2020
Rees Broome, PC is proud to announce that Todd A. Sinkins a Shareholder with the firm, was inducted to the CAI’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). College of Community Association Lawyers members are lawyers who have demonstrated skill, experience, and high standards of professional and ethical conduct and are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of community association law.

Virginia General Assembly Relaxes Board Meeting Rules

April 24, 2020

Finally, some good news!   - On April 22, 2020, the Virginia General Assembly adopted amendments to House Bills 29 and 30 proposed by Governor Ralph Northam and expected to be signed by him within a few days.  The amendments provide significant and immediate relief from certain technical requirements related to the conduct of Board meetings for community associations throughout Virginia

HUD Provides Clarity on Assistance Animals

April 10, 2020

On January 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued guidance aimed to assist housing providers, including community associations, in evaluating a person’s request for an assistance animal in order to reasonably accommodate a physical or mental disability under the federal Fair Housing Act. 1 The Guidance accomplishes a number of objectives.

STAY AT HOME ORDERS – DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA

April 8, 2020

All three local jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (the “DMV”) have issued stay-at-home orders (“Orders”) effective March 30, 2020.  These Orders will remain in effect (unless extended), through April 24, 2020 in the District, June 10, 2020 in Virginia, and indefinitely in Maryland.  While all the Orders have substantial similarities, there are some notable differences.

DC GOVERNMENT ORDER 2050-53

March 25, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the DC Government published Mayor Bowser’s Order 2020-53, which directs certain types of businesses to close and directs other types of businesses to telework except for certain essential functions, which must occur on site.  The Condominium and its staff are not included within the closure or telework order.  The Condominium is defined as an Essential Business under Section IV(k) of the Order since It falls within the definition of a “Housing and Living Provider”.  This permits the staff t

Executive Order 20-03-23-01 and Your Community

March 24, 2020

On March 23, 2020, Governor Hogan issued Executive Order 20-03-23-01 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and there are several provisions of the Order that impact community associations. The purpose of the alert is to provide guidance to our Maryland community association clients regarding the impact of these provisions. Fortunately, we do not believe that the Order will substantially impede the ability of Maryland community associations to operate.