A bill brought out on the floor of the House by State Representative James Albis (D-East Haven) concerning condominium governance and protection has been passed by the Senate and goes next to the Governor for his signature.
“I believe this legislation is a good step towards further protecting unit owners and associations from abuse of power,” Rep. Albis said.
The condominium bill, HB 6234, does the following;
- Prevents executive board members of associations or candidates for executive boards from accepting gifts or other items of value that may influence their decision-making or voting.
- Prevents contractors from including “hold harmless” clauses in contracts that they enter with property managers for any type of service or maintenance.
- Establishes a hearing process for resolving disputes within the association.
- Allows Planned Unit Developments with duplexes to require the unit owners to maintain their own homeowner’s insurance. This is voluntary and would depend on the association’s bylaws.
“It was a pleasure working on getting this bill passed with members from both sides of the aisle and I am looking forward to tackling this issue next year,” Rep. Albis said. “Condo legislation is a continual work in progress. With the overhaul of the Common Interest Ownership Act in 2009, we need to keep examining the law and figure out what’s working and what’s not working and how we can make it better.”
“As a freshman, Representative Albis has an unusual ability to grasp the complexities of an issue and turn it into practical legislation that helps people,” House Speaker Christopher Donovan (D-Meriden) said. “His constituents are fortunate to have someone so dedicated working for them.”