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Covid-19 Legislative Priorities

​To help communities and their residents continue to maintain security in housing the following resources are provided that include model language, survey results, current related-state statutes, email templates, etc.

Limited Liability for Community Associations

CAI supports legislation that limits an association’s liability as common areas and community facilities reopen for communities that act in good faith and comply with local, state, and CDC guidelines.

    •   View the states with limited-liability statutes 
    •   Model language
    •   Current legislative tracking

Electronic Voting & Virtual Meetings

CAI supports legislation which allows a community association board and general membership meetings to be held virtually.

Rules and regulations controlling virtual meetings vary from state to state and are contingent in many states on a community association’s articles of incorporation, charter, or bylaws. Many states require associations to file as nonprofits corporations, which means associations in those states may be governed by the state’s nonprofit or business corporation act. If an association’s governing documents are silent on virtual meeting regulations, the respective state’s nonprofit or business corporation act may allow an association to hold a virtual meeting.

Emergency Powers

CAI supports legislation which provides community associations boards of directors emergency powers during state of emergencies to ensure authority for business continuity and actions that protect the health and welfare of the homeowners in the community.

We encourage our legislative action committees to consider amending their current laws to include these powers within their statutes.

Housing Assistance Funds

H.R. 1319 created a Homeowner Assistance Fund where "homeowner’s association, condominium association fees, or common charges” qualify as expenses that may be paid from the fund. This marks the first time the federal government has elevated payment of community association assessment delinquencies to the same level as mortgage delinquencies in emergency housing legislation.

Only those states electing to participate in the Homeowner Assistance Fund will receive an allocation to create state Homeowner Assistance Fund programs.

Priority Lien

Priority lien statues preserve property values, balance the interests of homeowners in community associations and lenders, and are the reasonable solution to abandoned property and zombie foreclosures.

CAI public policy supports (1) association lien priority equal to the amount of assessments due over the term of a first mortgage or deed of trust, (2) evergreen or perpetually renewable association lien priority, (3) lien amounts equal to common expense assessments due together with attorney fees and other costs of collection, and (4) elimination of secondary mortgage market guidelines that discourage or restrict lending in priority lien jurisdictions.