This year was a landmark legislative year in the District of Columbia. In March, the D.C. Council approved the Condominium Amendment Act of 2013, which was primarily drafted by members of the District of Columbia's Legislative Action Committee
The passage of the Condominium Amendment Act was the culmination of years of work by the DC LAC, which had an almost constant presence in the Wilson Building over recent years. Indeed, a number of members of the LAC testified on behalf of the Condominium Amendment Act, while the bill's passage arose out of extensive lobbying of members of the Council. The following is a summary of the significant changes to the Condominium Act arising out of this effort.
Fees-The other major legislative effort before the LAC is defensive in nature. Towards the end of last year, Councilwoman Bowser introduced the B20-648, entitled "The Condominium Fee Fairness Act of 2014," which, if adopted will require all condominium associations to participate in a mandatory mediation process prior to foreclosing on a condominium lien. The LAC has gone on record in opposition to the Bill, and plans to aggressively lobby the D.C. Council. Public hearings were scheduled for May 7, 2014, at which a number of members of the DC LAC testified against the Bill.
The next positive legislative effort being pursued by the LAC is to adopt legislation for the growing number of property owners' associations in D.C. At a minimum, such legislation will include a statutory lien and foreclosure process, although it is possible that such legislation will include other provisions relating to property owners' associations. Also, we expect that the DC LAC will propose a bill to address certain issues relating to developing condominiums, which will include changes to the warranty bond and certain requirements for the transition of books and records to the Association