The Rhode Island House will consider a bill next week that may lead to significant increases in your assessments, weaken your association's ability to enforce its rules, all while possibly gratifying those in your community that fail to abide by your governing documents. HB 5097 will have no positive effect on Rhode Island condominium associations. The CAI Rhode Island LAC and New England Chapter respectfully ask that you contact your Representative and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 5097.
CAI supports effective, efficient and economical ways of resolving disputes within condominiums. Unfortunately, HB 5097 will force ALL associations and unit owners to use arbitration to decide disputes. Further, as drafted the legislation allows the losing party to opt out of the arbitration following a decision by filing a jury claim with the court. It is mandating your association add a non-binding, costly procedure to enforce its documents.
Many associations chose to adopt arbitration provisions. However, this legislation will unconstitutionally (state and possibly U.S.) deny owners and associations the fundamental right to the Court system and force your association to rewrite its private contract.
The bottom line is:
Please call your Representative and tell them how the bill will affect you and ask for opposition on HB 5097. Click here to find your Representative and their contact information.