Carl Weiner, Esq., was invited as one of three delegates from the Community Associations Institute’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) to present an informational session at the State Capitol to members of the Urban Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and staff members of the committee. This is the second such session the LAC has been asked to present in the last several years.

The session provided an overview of community associations to legislators who sit on the committee that considers most legislation amending Title 68 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Title 68 contains the Uniform Condominium Act, the Real Estate Cooperative Act and the Uniform Planned Community Act. These three statutes govern the three forms of common interest ownership communities in the Commonwealth.

Topics of discussion included the types of common interest ownership communities, how they are governed, their sources of authority, the hierarchy of documents, community conflict, and dispute resolution.

Legislators followed up the presentation with pointed questions about various topics including how assessments are levied, how community associations are formed and governed, and what happens when a community association is faced with the possibility of a special assessment. There was also a short discussion of the issue of municipal taxes and why community association homeowners are required to pay the same level of municipal taxes when many municipal services are not provided to the community association by the local government.

The session was part of the LAC’s mission to educate lawmakers on the nature of community associations so they have a fuller understanding of the potential impact of legislation affecting those who live in community associations in Pennsylvania.