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.


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.


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.

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.