The Law governing Condominium and HOA governance in Maryland and Washington DC is found primarily in the statutes (“Acts”)and local laws discussed below. Also included on this page are community association laws applicable to housing cooperatives and time-share style condominiums. These links are offered as a resource to the applicable condominium and HOA laws in Maryland and the District of Columbia. A lawyer should always be consulted on in connection with applying these laws to your communities situation, and the condominium and HOA attorneys at Cowie & Mott can assist your condominium or HOA in this regard.
In Maryland, condominiums are governed by the Maryland Condominium Act, homeowners associations (HOA’s) are governed by the Maryland Homeowners Association Act, time-share condominiums are governed by the Maryland Real Estate Time-Sharing Act and housing cooperatives (Co-ops )are governed by the Maryland Cooperative Housing Corporation Act. Links to the text of these Acts are listed below:
Additionally, individual Maryland Counties may have their own local ordinances that apply to community associations,. For example, the Montgomery County Code has enacted laws applicable to condominiums, common ownership communities, homeowners associations and cooperative housing in Montgomery County Maryland. Likewise the Prince George’s County Code has a local law establishing the Common Ownership Communities Program. in Prince George’s County Maryland.
WASHINGTON DC LAWS
In the District of Columbia, condominiums are governed by the District of Columbia condominium act and horizontal property act. The District of Columbia Horizontal Property Act was enacted in 1963. The District of Columbia Condominium Act was enacted in 1976. Both Acts, as amended, apply to all condominiums located within Washington D.C.
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NOTE: These codes and statutes that set forth the text the community association laws of Maryland and the District of Columbia may not be the most recent version applicable to your legal matter. Amendments to community association laws are made on an almost yearly basis and the amendments typically have delayed effective dates following enactment. Therefore it is important to check with a community association lawyer to make sure that you are viewing the most up to date law that affects your community association’s legal issue. Please consult with a condominium and HOA law attorney at the law firm of Cowie & Mott before relying on any of these sources.