Maryland Client Alert – Closure of Gyms As a Result of COVID-19

March 18, 2020

On March 16, 2020, Governor Hogan ordered the closure of all restaurants, bars, theatres and gyms, effective immediately.  He emphasized that such action was taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to save lives.  Although the order from the governor did not specifically reference gyms within condominiums and homeowners associations, we are taking the position at Rees Broome that the order extends to all gyms, including gyms within community associations, as the goal of the order is to reduce transmission of the virus.  In addition, as President Trump recently advised against

Todd Sinkins and Leslie Brown honored by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI).

November 20, 2019
On Saturday, November 16, 2019, Rees Broome Community Association attorneys Todd Sinkins and Leslie Brown were honored by WMCCAI at its annual awards gala. Todd was presented with the out-going Board member award and was inducted into WMCCAI’s Hall of Fame for his years of service to WMCCAI, with special recognition for his educational and advocacy efforts with the D.C. Legislative and Legislative Action Committees.   Leslie Brown was elected to a 3-year term on the WMCCAI Board of Directors commencing in 2020 and was honored with WMCCAI Board of Directors’ Chapter Appreciation Award for her service as the Communications Council Chair for WMCCAI.

Caselaw Alert

October 16, 2019

We have prepared this notice to sensitize you to a recent decision by the Virginia Supreme Court that reduces the level of enforceability of certain provisions that are found in association design standards and rules and regulations adopted by Boards of Directors.  Specifically, in a case called Sainani v. Belmont Glen Homeowners Association, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled against an association that was attempting to enforce the association’s seasonal holiday decoration standards. 

PROPERTY OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION AND CONDOMINIUM ACT RENUMBERING EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2019

September 19, 2019

The Virginia Legislature approved the renumbering of several sections of the Virginia Code, including the Property Owners’ Association Act, the Condominium Act, and the Common Interest Community Management Act.
Starting October 1, 2019, the numbers of the code sections will officially change. You will notice updated references in liens and lawsuits being sent to you for signature.

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Financial Considerations For Condominium Certifications

September 4, 2019

Due to the relatively high prices of condominiums in the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas, FHA financing has always played a big part in the condominium market. Interesting fact, the mortgage limits for FHA jumbo loans in the DC metro area and other jurisdictions in VA and MD can be as high as $726,525 for fiscal year 2019. However, the FHA condominium approval process and the regulations that guide it are constantly changing. 

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Fairfax County Moves to Legalize Short Term Rentals

August 9, 2018

The Fairfax Board of Supervisors voted on July 31, 2018 to permit short term rentals within the County.

SHORT-TERM RENTALS will be allowed in single-family homes, townhouses, condos, mobile homes and apartments. Per the Fairfax County website, the rules are:

  • Owners or renters must be permanent residents of the property they offer for short-term lodging. This limitation is to prevent businesses from operating multiple, full-time rentals, like a hotel or motel, in residential neighborhoods.

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Ursula Burgess named President-elect for CAI

June 5, 2018

Rees Broome, PC is proud to announce that Ursula Koenig Burgess, a Shareholder with the firm, was selected to be the 2019 President-elect of the Community Associations Institute, an international organization with over 37,000 members devoted to serving, supporting, and educating community association board members, managers and business partners.  Ursula will serve as President-elect for 2019 and then as President in 2020.  

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