Category Archives: Community Associations

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Recovering Condominium and Homeowners Association Fees Due Prior to Sheriff’s Sale

Posted in Community Associations

Under Pennsylvania statute, when real estate subject to homeowner’s association assessments or condominium association assessments is sold at sheriff’s sale, the homeowner’s association or condominium association is entitled to recover delinquent assessments/charges accruing in the six (6) months prior to the sheriff’s sale. All other assessments/charges accruing prior to the sheriff’s sale are ordinarily divested… Continue Reading

Stark & Stark’s Community Associations Group Announces Collaboration with J Brick Consulting, LLC

Posted in Community Associations, Stark News

Stark & Stark’s Community Associations Group has teamed up with Jennifer Brick of Jennifer Brick Consulting, LLC to help further develop business leads, market the group’s services to community association property managers and meet industry decision makers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Prior to founding J Brick Consulting, LLC, Jennifer Brick served for 14… Continue Reading

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Sends Shockwaves through Mortgage Lending Industry

Posted in Business & Corporate, Community Associations

A recent case decided by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has sent shockwaves through the Mortgage Lending Industry and given hope to Condominium Associations and Homeowners Associations at the same time. The issue in Chase Plaza Condominium Association, Inc. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., concerned the statutory “super-priority” lien established in the… Continue Reading

What Your Common Interest Community Needs To Know When Considering Requests By Disabled Owners For A “Reasonable Accommodation”

Posted in Community Associations

The United States Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful for a residential common interest community to discriminate in the terms, conditions or privileges of the sale or rental of housing, or in the provision of services in connection with a dwelling, because of race, familial status, gender, religion or disability.

In Pennsylvania “Reasonable” Attorney’s Fees is a Subjective Standard

Posted in Community Associations

In Pennsylvania, common interest community associations are creatures of both real estate law and state statutes. A condominium’s enforcement authority is rooted in restrictions that both run with the land and are recorded as restrictive covenants with the deed clerk of the county where the common interest community is located. The primary statute for condominiums within Pennsylvania is the Uniform Condominium Act (68 Pa.C.S. § 3101 et seq).

Collecting Interest On Unpaid Pennsylvania Condo Fees, Maintenance Fees, and Special Assessments

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While many Pennsylvania common interest community associations are quick to take legal action to collect unpaid monthly maintenance fees, special assessments, late fees, and other condo fees, many condominium associations do not realize or do not take advantage of their ability to collect interest on unpaid condominium common assessments.

New Pennsylvania Law Alters the Jurisdictional Limits

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In late November, Pennsylvania House Bill 2172 became law. As a result of this new law, and effective January 22, 2011, the jurisdictional limit of Pennsylvania’s magisterial district courts was increased from $8,000 to $12,000 in civil cases. Also as a result of this new law, effective January 22, 2011, the Philadelphia’s Municipal Court jurisdictional limit was increased from $10,000 to $12,000. Interest and costs are not to be calculated when considering the jurisdictional limits.

Legal Issues in Age Restricted Communities

Posted in Community Associations, Podcasts

A. Christopher Florio, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Stark & Stark’s Community Associations group, presented a seminar entitled Legal Issues in Age Restricted Communities for the Community Associations Institute and Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia’s Expo. The Expo was held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Mr. Florio’s seminar discussed living in age restricted communities, and the legal issues that are peculiar to age restricted communities in Pennsylvania.

Stark & Stark Shareholder to Present Legal Issues in Age Restricted Communities Seminar at 2009 CAI Conference

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A. Christopher Florio, Shareholder and Co-Chair of Stark & Stark’s Community Associations group, will present a seminar entitled Legal Issues in Age Restricted Communities at the 2009 Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Community Associations Institute and Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia’s annual conference. The conference will be held Wednesday April 29, 2009 at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Legislature Sends House Bill 2295 to Governor Rendell

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As a follow up to a recent post the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, on a concurring vote, approved House Bill 2295 yesterday (199-0). The House originally passed HB 2295 on June 11, 2008. After the House originally approved the Bill in June, it was then sent to the Senate. The Senate approved the Bill, but also added additional language to the Bill in conjunction with Senate Bill 963.