POLICY ALERT – GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION

March 5, 2021
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) recently released a policy memorandum to implement a January 20, 2021 Executive Order regarding Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.  The Executive Order directs federal agencies that evaluate actions taken under federal statutes prohibiting sex discrimination to specifically include sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination as a form of sex discrimination.
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Virginia Legislative Alert

February 26, 2021

Last week, the Virginia General Assembly passed a Bill that provides an association’s Board of Directors with extensive authority to prohibit smoking within condominiums and property owners’ associations.  A Board of Directors of a condominium association may, by a majority vote of the Board, prohibit smoking both in the common elements and in units, unless the recorded condominium instruments contain existing language that would prohibit the Board from doing so.  A Board of Directors for a property owners’ association may prohibit smoking in common areas by a

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Prince George’s County Launches Free Training for Common Ownership Communities

January 25, 2021

The Prince George’s County Office of Community Relations has launched a new, voluntary training program for members of common ownership communities called the “EDvantage HOA Online Training Program.”  The training is designed to educate County residents about common ownership communities.  The training is free, can be completed at one’s own pace, and is available in both English and Spanish.

*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.