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May 31, 2017 NJ LAC Update
CAI’s New Jersey Legislative Action Committee (NJ LAC) has been hard at work this Spring on several issues important to community associations in the state. One Bill, which has seen some legislative action recently, has to do with election...
May 1, 2017 LAC’s Capitol Day Helps Move Legislative Priorities
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee spent the day at the state capitol in Harrisburg on Monday, April 24 meeting with legislators and legislative staff in a continuing effort to educate lawmakers on issues confronting community asso...
Apr 21, 2017 Legislation Passes State House Expanding Attorney General Role in Association Complaints
 HARRISBURG – House Bill 595, which would change the way investigations and mediation of complaints are handled in community association across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was unanimously passed by the state House of Representatives ...
Mar 29, 2017 Pennsylvania is CAI's Legislative Action Committee of the Year
Coming off our most successful year ever, Community Associations Institute will recognize the Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) as CAI's Legislative Action Committee of the Year. The award will be given at the national conference in...
Nov 29, 2016 Podcast: Governor, Legislature End Recording Fee Abuse in Pennsylvania
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee applauds Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Legislature for making Senate Bill 1282 a reality. Listen to our new podcast to learn all about Act 162 of 2016 and what it means for Pennsylvania's Commu...
Nov 7, 2016 Governor Tom Wolf Signs Senate Bill 1282
 Legislation Ends Practice of Per Parcel Recording Fees Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (CAI PA LAC) applauds Governor Tom Wolf for affixing his signature to Senate Bill 1282, legislation that w...
Oct 27, 2016 Call Governor Wolf: Tell him to Sign SB 1282
 In a series of swift votes on Wednesday night, the legislature gave final approval to Senate Bill 1282, which eliminates excessive fees for the recording of Amendments to Declarations for community associations throughout the Commonwealth of Pe...
Oct 7, 2016 Sign the Petition: End Recording Fee Abuse in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Statutes governing community associations require amendments to a community association declaration be recorded in the county Recorder of Deeds Office. Unfortunately, what has historically been an administrative act at minimal expen...
Sep 21, 2016 TELL YOUR LEGISLATOR TO END RECORDING FEE ABUSE
 URGENT - CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVEEND RECORDING FEE ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIAAN UNJUSTIFIED AND ILLEGAL TAX ON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONSYour urgent help is needed to adopt legislation that will reign in skyrocketing recorder of deeds fees that...
Sep 14, 2016 CAI Rebuts Misleading Opposition Arguments to Senate Bill 1282
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) has been supporting legislation (Senate Bill 1282 / House Bill 1101) which would clarify the manner in which county Recorders of Deeds may assess fees regarding the amendment of declarations fo...
Sep 8, 2016 An Unjustified and Illegal Tax on Community Associations
 URGENT - CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE END RECORDING FEE ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIA AN UNJUSTIFIED AND ILLEGAL TAX ON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONSYour urgent help is needed to adopt legislation that will reign in skyrocketing recorder of deeds fe...
Sep 7, 2016 URGENT: Contact the State Legislature TODAY
 URGENT - CONTACT THE PA HOUSE URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEEEND RECORDING FEE ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIAYour urgent help is needed to adopt legislation that will reign in skyrocketing recorder of deeds fees that are costing Pennsylvania’s community a...
Aug 3, 2016 PA LAC Testifies at Hearing on Recording Fees
Members of CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee gave testimony in support of Senate Bill 1282 / House Bill 1101 at a hearing of the House Urban Affairs Committee on July 28, 2016 at the Bucks County Administration Building in Doylestown. T...
Jun 30, 2016 PA Senate Reforms Recording Fees with Adoption of SB 1282
In the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg today, the Pennsylvania Senate voted 48-2 in favor of Senate Bill 1282 (R-Wagner). SB 1282 clarifies the manner in which county Recorders of Deeds may assess fees regarding the amendment o...
Jun 23, 2016 Senate Committee Advances Recording Fees Legislation
Yesterday the Senate Urban Affairs Committee reported Senate Bill 1282 (R-Wagner) from committee on a vote of 10-1. SB 1282 would clarify the manner in which county Recorders of Deeds may assess fees regarding the amendment of declarations for condom...
Jun 1, 2016 Wagner to Introduce Recorder of Deeds Fees Bill
State Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) has signaled his intent to introduce a Senate version of House Bill 1101, legislation which would reign in skyrocketing fees charged by some county Recorder of Deeds to file an amendment to a Declaration of Condomi...
May 16, 2016 Your Community Counts; Your Vote Counts
Your Community Counts. Your Vote Counts. One-third of Americans who are eligible to vote have never registered. Even worse, of those who have registered and are eligible to vote, fewer than 58 percent did so in the last presidenti...
May 9, 2016 Survey Says: High Ratings are in for HOAs
For Immediate Release Associations, Board Members and Community Managers Earn High Ratings Falls Church, VA, May 6, 2016- Americans who live in homeowners associations and condominiums remain overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities, their h...
Apr 1, 2016 The LAC Has Your Back. Do You Have Theirs?
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) works on behalf of the approximately 2 million residents who live in 10,000+ community associations in the commonwealth - guarding against intrusive and harmful legislative efforts, advancing t...
Mar 24, 2016 Legislative Alert: Contact Your State Senator Today
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee needs your help to encourage the State Senate to take up House Bill 1340. Details on the Bill are below. House Bill 1340: Leasing Restrictions & Lien for AssessmentsCAI Supports this Bill....
Feb 9, 2016 Private Dams Legislation Adopted in PA House
House Bill 1712, establishing the Pennsylvania Private Dam Financial Assurance Program and the Private Dam Financial Assurance Fund, passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 195-1 on Monday, February 8, 2016. The Bill now moves to the S...
Feb 4, 2016 House Passes FHA Condo Project Approvals Changes
HOUSE PASSES FHA CONDOMINIUM PROJECT APPROVAL PROCESS CHANGESMegan Newman - 2/3/2016 ​Yesterday, progress was made towards helping condominium projects recertify their FHA approval. H.R. 3700 the "Housing Opportunity through...
Nov 30, 2015 PA LAC Supports the Private Dam Financial Assurance Program
 Early in 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued new regulations requiring private dam owners to provide a mechanism for financial responsibility over their dams, in the event of a dam breach. The deadline for...
Nov 19, 2015 NJ LAC Report
As the Delaware Valley Chapter’s delegate to the CAI-National Legislative Action Committee –New Jersey (LAC), I report to the Chapter’s Board on the efforts of the NJ LAC to initiate, monitor, negotiate, support and sometimes oppose...
Nov 18, 2015 BREAKING NEWS | Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA CONDOS - CHANGE YOUR 2016 BUDGETDELETE THE HOUSING INSPECTION LICENSE | ADD THE HIGH RISE FIRE INSPECTION LICENSE After much confusion over many months, Gary Krimstock, Esq., CCAL from Fineman, Krekstein & Harris was able to con...
Nov 13, 2015 Breaking: Contact Your Senators About the Amateur Radio Parity Act
Government Affairs report from CAI National The Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685) is scheduled for mark-up in the Senate Commerce Committee on November 18. Your Senator serves on the Senate Commerce Committee and it is very important he/she hea...
Oct 27, 2015 Legislation Supporting FEMA Funding in Community Associations Needs You!
CAI Government Affairs From the Desk of Dawn Bauman, CAE | SVP, CAI Government AffairsDear CAI Member: Representative Steve Israel (NY) is lead sponsor of a bill that will amend the Stafford Act to provide assistance for common interest com...
Jul 10, 2015 Governor Wolf Approves Shaffer Bills
Update - July 10, 2015, 11:50 AM: CAI was notified a short time ago that Governor Wolf has affixed his signature to Senate Bills 687 and 688. After five years of negotiations with opponents, conversations with legislators and meetings in the Cap...
Jul 10, 2015 NJ Legal News: New Jersey Court Rescues Associations
Mark Wiechnik, Esq. and Breanne DeRaps, Esq. of CAI member business partner Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C. secured a resounding victory for condominium associations and homeowners across New Jersey.In a published (and precedential) decision the New J...
Jul 1, 2015 Legislative Alert: Contact Your PA State Legislators
 CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee is calling on all members in Pennsylvania to contact your state Representative today to urge them to support legislation to reign in skyrocketing fees for recording changes to association declarat...
Jun 17, 2015 CAI Seeks Preservation of Mortgage Financing Eligibility and Lien for Assessments
 Legislation was introduced on June 15 by State Representative Martina White of Philadelphia that seeks to ensure that ensure that community associations in the Commonwealth are not affected negatively by a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision ...
Jun 16, 2015 Shaffer Bills Clear Senate in 48-1 Vote
 June 16, 2015: Third consideration and final passage in the Senate. Bills will now move to the House of Representatives. Click here for more information and to see how your Senator voted.April 22 / 1:50 PM: CAI has been informed that Senate Bil...
May 27, 2015 Senate Bill 855: Filling the Void on Community Association Data
 Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 855, to improve community planning through the inclusion of data on planned communities in county reports. CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee supports this Bill ...
May 5, 2015 State House Action on Two Legislative Priorities
The arrival of Spring has brought with it some momentum for two issues pending in the Pennsylvania legislature that would help community associations and for which Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA...
May 5, 2015 CAI Supports Recorder of Deeds Fees Reform
 CAI Applauds Legislation Targeting Unjustified “Tax” Charged to Condos & HOAsKing of Prussia, PA.: Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee today announced its support of new legislation...
Mar 18, 2015 CAI Calls on Washington to Cut the Pork, er, HAM
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRSOppose Federal HAM Radio Special Interest Demands to Pre-empt Community Associations’ Guidelines In 2014, 64 U.S. Representatives cosponsored legislation that would pre-empt community associations’ architectural gui...
Mar 2, 2015 LAC Talks Issues at State Capitol
CAI's Legislative Action Committee returned to the state capitol in Harrisburg on February 23 and 24, 2015 to visit with members of the legislature regarding issues important to community associations. Twenty one members of the chapter including man...
Feb 5, 2015 Legislative Action Committee to visit State Capitol
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee returns to the state capitol in Harrisburg on February 24, 2015 to visit with members of the legislature regarding issues important to community associations in the Commonwealth.CAI's annual Legislative...
Jan 5, 2015 FHFA Move Threatens Homeowners and their Communities
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a statement on Monday, December 22, 2014 expressing concern about state statutes that allow community associations to obtain lien priority over first mortgages for unpaid association assessments. By ...
Dec 18, 2014 CAI Urges Congress to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Program
 The 113th Congress has adjourned without extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). While legal authority for the TRIA program expires on December 31, 2014, Congress is not set to reconvene until January 6, 2015. “CAI will contin...
Dec 5, 2014 Silent Auctions Bolster End of Year Fundraising for PA-LAC
Thanks to some very generous business partners and some equally generous bidders, the Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) held two successful Silent Auctions this year. The first silent auction, held on Wednesday, December 3 during the...
Nov 6, 2014 Legislative Report: New Jersey Legislative Action Committee, Fall Update
George  Greatrex, Esq.Liaison to the NJ LAC On October 10, 2014, I attended the NJ LAC's meeting as liaison from the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley chapter. Several issues of note were discussed:1. The Manager Licensing Bill has been reintrodu...
Oct 27, 2014 CAI Announces Inaugural Legislative Scorecard
Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day across the nation. Here in Pennsylvania, every seat in the State House of Representatives is up for election as are half the seats in the State Senate.  Do you know where your legislative candidates stand on...
Oct 13, 2014 Going Once...Going Twice...Donate an Item for PA-LAC's Silent Auction!
The PA-Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) encourages members to take advantage of the following opportunity!  Each year the CAI PA Chapter holds two annual holiday parties – one in the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania and the o...
Oct 8, 2014 LAC Scores Victory on Senate Bill 1302
On October 7, 2014, the State Senate Urban Affairs Committee unanimously voted to amend Senate Bill 1302 and remove all provisions opposed by CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee. The Senate committee also added a provision to permit...
Sep 25, 2014 CAI Releases FHA Certification Guide
In today's housing market, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a major in role in housing finance through its Condominium Mortgage Insurance Program. FHA issued regulatory guidance to ...
Aug 27, 2014 NJ Civil Rights Division Issues New Disability Accommodation Fact Sheet
by: Jonathan H. Katz, Esq. | Hill Wallack, LLP On August 21, 2014, New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General, Division on Civil Rights (the “DCR”) released a “Fact Sheet,” which addresses disability accommodation ...
Jul 9, 2014 New Jersey LAC: Update from the NJLAC
Your PAC, Your LAC, & Your Lobbyists: What it All MeansFor years, you’ve been reading about how CAPAC is supporting your Legislative Action Committee and lobbyists in efforts to support this proposal of oppose that one.  This time...
Jul 7, 2014 Legislative Round-up: Summer 2014
 As we approach the final turn of the 2013-14 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, it’s 90 degrees, humid, and there is still no budget in Harrisburg.  Fortunately, the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) continues to promote ...
Jun 11, 2014 Are you interested in joining the LAC?
 The Delegates to Pennsylvania’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) develop CAI’s state legislative agenda. LAC Delegates are CAI members who are appointed to serve a two-year term. Many of you who may read this monthly blog may wond...
Jun 10, 2014 Poll: Community Association Residents Are Overwhelmingly Satisfied
 Americans who make their homes in homeowners associations and condominiums are overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities, according to national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation for Community Association Res...
May 7, 2014 Why I joined the LAC, and How You Can Help
First, I would like to introduce myself as one of the newest members of CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC). My name is John Carney and I presently manage Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, POA a community consisting of 1360 homes and 498 ...
Apr 2, 2014 Professional Advocacy: Accomplishing Legislative Goals Comes at a Cost
CAI’s PA Legislative Action Committee (LAC) is providing an increasingly valuable service to the community association industry across the Commonwealth.  Representing the interests of home owners, associations and managing professionals, ...
Apr 1, 2014 PA LAC To Oppose SB 1302
 Legislation would alter procedures on collection of assessments, quorums & notice of meetingsSenate Bill 1302 was introduced on March 26, 2014 by State Senator Folmer and referred to the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. CAI will ...
Mar 26, 2014 New PA Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Alarms
 Did you know that Pennsylvania leads the nation in carbon monoxide poisonings and deaths? Currently, the Pennsylvania building code only requires carbon monoxide alarms in newly constructed homes. Now, Pennsylvania has a new law that requires e...
Mar 1, 2014 PA LAC Prepares Legislative Push for Two Important Measures
On April 2, 2014, CAI and the Legislative Action Committee will hold its annual event at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.   Each year, members and representatives of CAI meet with legislators to discuss issues specifically relevant ...
Feb 21, 2014 NJ: New Solar Panel Mandate
  Many tragic events lead to a better understanding of hidden dangers which lead to new/stricter mandates.  A Dietz and Watson cold storage facility in Delanco, NJ had solar panels affixed to the roof structure.  The solar panels restr...
Feb 1, 2014 U.S. Senate Approves Delay in Flood Insurance Rate Hikes
 By a vote of 67 to 32, the U.S. Senate has approved S.1926, the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act,” legislation delaying substantial increases in flood insurance premiums.  S.1926 now moves to the U.S. House of Repre...
Jan 2, 2014 CAI Submits Eight Friend-of-the-Court Briefs
Unpaid assessments, association foreclosure procedures, developer warranties and the alleged unlicensed practice of law were among the legal issues that inspired Community Associations Institute (CAI) to support amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) br...
Dec 2, 2013 CAI Welcomes Bar Association Support for HB 1688
 The Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates, meeting in Harrisburg on November 22,  approved a Report and Recommendation in support of HB 1688 (or similar legislation), which would require Pennsylvania counties to compile and rep...
Nov 9, 2013 CAI Applauds New Proposed Rules for Mortgage Financing
Community Associations Institute (CAI) is expressing support for proposed federal rules that accomplish two important CAI goals: helping more homebuyers obtain safe mortgage financing and stimulating a housing market that has struggled since home pri...
Nov 1, 2013 National Legislative Summit Termed a 'Great Success'
CAI members from around the country met in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 to address critical community association issues with officials at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the Federal Emergency Managem...
Oct 4, 2013 Legislative Report from the State Capitol
Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) represents the interests of an estimated 2.8 million Pennsylvania residents, comprising nearly one‐fourth of the state’s population, living in over 1...
Sep 18, 2013 Legislative Alert: Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act
 Representative Mario Scavello (R-Monroe County) introduced the Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act on September 17, 2013. House Bill 1688 will now be sent to the relevant committee in the House where CAI will work for its adoption. Rea...
Sep 5, 2013 Communities Donate to Support PA Legislative Action Committee
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) has a central goal – advancing the interests of community associations and their residents in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Until recently, the LAC’s work in Harrisburg wa...
Jul 18, 2013 Why the Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act is Important
 In late 2011, the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) released its long-awaited report on Common Interest Ownership Communities. While the commission’s report falls short in certain goals outlined in the legislature̵...
Jul 10, 2013 Scavello to introduce Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act
 CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) is pleased to announce that Rep. Mario Scavello (R-176, Monroe County), has agreed to introduce legislation that would mandate the collection of data on planned communities in the Commonw...
Jun 3, 2013 PA LAC Preserves 7 Year Declarant Control in State Law
After raising objections to fast-tracked legislation that was moving swiftly through both chambers of Pennsylvania's legislature, CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) reached an agreement on amending language with the Bill's prim...
May 31, 2013 Movers & Shakers: Why You Should Become a LAC Delegate.
CAI’s state legislative agenda is developed by Legislative Action Committees (LAC) and it’s appointed Delegates. This post provides important information on what a LAC Delegate does and how they are appointed. LAC Delegates are CAI ...
Apr 29, 2013 PA LAC Takes to Capitol Hill May 14th
On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee will host its annual day at the Capitol in Harrisburg. Members of the LAC will spend the day meeting one-on-one with state senators and representatives to discuss issues ...
Apr 12, 2013 New Law Regarding Recycling of Electronic Waste
By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.Hill Wallack LLP  As you may have heard, as of January 24, 2013 you can no longer dispose of many electronic items – such as televisions and computers – with your regular trash. Signed into law in 201...
Apr 12, 2013 New Law Regarding Recycling of Electronic Waste
By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.Hill Wallack LLP  As you may have heard, as of January 24, 2013 you can no longer dispose of many electronic items – such as televisions and computers – with your regular trash. Signed into law in 201...
Mar 19, 2013 LAC Presents Session to PA House Urban Affairs Committee
On Monday, March 18, CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee presented 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. T...
Feb 28, 2013 Condo Trash an Issue again for Philly City Council
The Philadelphia condominium community's long running battle with the city over equitable delivery of public services, most notably refuse collection, takes center stage again today at a hearing of the City Council's Streets and Services Committee, w...
Feb 21, 2013 The Road Ahead: CAI's Federal Affairs Agenda
 With a new Congress sworn in and the pageantry of President Obama’s inauguration passed, CAI is moving aggressively in Washington, DC to make sure your voice is heard. The road ahead for CAI’s federal affairs agenda includes fairnes...
Jan 30, 2013 PA LAC is Your Watchdog in Harrisburg
The Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) is your watchdog in Harrisburg and to be affective, we need your help. With the help of our lobbyist, your PA-LAC works hard advocating for legislation that is beneficial to community associat...
Jan 24, 2013 NJ LAC Year in Review
 Laws that affect condominium and community associations in New Jersey are proposed, debated and voted on in Washington and in Trenton nearly every day. Some are passed and signed into law, and some are not. CAI's New Jersey Legislative Action ...
Jan 10, 2013 Qualified Mortgage Guidelines Released
 On January 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its long-awaited federal Qualified Mortgage (QM) standard. The new federal guidelines, which are required by the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (commonly kn...
Jan 3, 2013 Threats and Opportunities in New Legislative Session
On New Year's Day, members of the Pennsylvania State Senate and State House of Representatives were sworn in for the new two year term of the legislature. New members have taken office in districts across the state. New chairs have been named for th...
Dec 19, 2012 Take Action: FEMA Denies Community Associations Disaster Assistance
CAI members impacted by Hurricane Sandy are facing high recovery costs as local governments are being denied Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement for debris removal and other disaster recovery expenses in community association...
Sep 14, 2012 CAI: FHA Mortgage Guidelines Moving in the Right Direction
Community Associations Institute (CAI) commends the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for issuing new guidelines that will provide more opportunities for homebuyers and sellers and greater stability for condominium communities. CAI has pressed FH...
Aug 13, 2012 FHFA Weighs in on Use of Eminent Domain for Mortgage Reductions
On August 8, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) requested public comment on the use of eminent domain authority by municipalities to seize mortgage loans for purposes of offering homeowners a reduced mortgage balance. The County of San Bernard...
Aug 7, 2012 Do You Know about the LAC's Buck A Door Program?
Post by Dave Sylvester, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, PA LAC DelegateI am a member of the CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) and have been for close to 20 years. I was very interested in joining the committee’s ranks after watchi...
Jul 25, 2012 CAI Endorses Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012
Community Associations Institute has endorsed S. 3085, the “Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012.” The legislation, spearheaded in the U.S. Senate by Senators Robert Menendez (NJ) and Barbara Boxer (CA), will help more homeowners...
Jun 22, 2012 CAI Urges Fannie, Freddie Regulator to Recognize Community Associations
Noting changes in housing development and modern housing preferences, CAI urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA, to recognize community associations as a distinct housing market. More than 60 million Americans live in 314,000 community ...
Jun 6, 2012 Congressman Fitzpatrick Addresses CAI-FHA Concerns
CAI's legislative action committees, at the Federal and state levels,  continue to work hard to improve recent changes to FHA  regulations on project approvals for condominiums.Recently, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08) of Bucks Count...
May 30, 2012 LAC Pursues Legislation on Gathering Data on Community Associations
Members of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee participated in the LAC’s annual Legislative Day in Harrisburg on April 3, 2012. Approximately fifteen members from the LAC and the chapter board of directors met with doze...
May 24, 2012 CAI Testifies Before Congress on Impact of Foreclosures on Associations
Mr. Dick Pruess, long-time CAI member and chair of California’s Legislative Action Committee, told federal lawmakers that association homeowners suffer when lenders delay foreclosures, allowing delinquent owners to remain in their propertie...
May 8, 2012 Do You Want Your Board Meetings on YouTube?
Do you want your meetings recorded, uploaded to YouTube and shown on tonight’s 6:00 news? It may be the law if we do not do something about it. ...
May 7, 2012 New Survey Affirms HOA Resident Satisfaction
For the fourth time in seven years, community association residents have told pollsters they are satisfied with their homeowners associations, condominium communities and cooperatives....
Apr 30, 2012 Federal Reserve Issues Guidance to Banks on REO Rentals
 On April 5, the Federal Reserve System issued guidance to banks intended to spur the temporary conversion of Real Estate Owned (REO) to rental property. Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve strongly encouraged the sale of REO to investors for...
Apr 4, 2012 Community Associations Day at the Capitol
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) spent the day in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on April 3 meeting with legislators....
Mar 21, 2012 CAI Secures Important Transfer Fee Victory
On March 15, 2012, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued its long awaited final rule on transfer fees. FHFA had proposed a federal regulation which would have banned federally backed mortgages for property in a community association with ...
Mar 8, 2012 White House Announces FHA Refinance Program Changes
CAI’s Government & Public Affairs office made the following announcement today: President Obama has announced changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s streamline refinance program to help more borrowers take advantage of hist...
Feb 28, 2012 Does Pennsylvania Need a Condo Ombudsman?
Legislation was recently introduced in the Pennsylvania State House that would establish the Office of the Cooperative and Condominium Ombudsman and provide for its powers and duties. House Bill 2155, introduced by Representative John Galloway, a...
Feb 20, 2012 The REO Speedwagon
For most of us of a certain age, the question “How much REO do you have in your portfolio?” was usually answered in terms of the number of eight-track tapes. Of course with the advent of the housing crisis, this term, which references ...
Feb 8, 2012 PA Legislature Sends H1582 to Governor Corbett
February 8, 2012, Harrisburg: Pennsylvania’s legislature gave final approval today to House Bill 1582 which affects community associations located within any Business Improvement District (BID) in the Commonwealth. The Bill alters the billi...
Jan 31, 2012 Why Should Communities Support the Legislative Action Committee?
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) is the “watchdog” for the millions of homeowners living in community associations throughout the Commonwealth.  Volunteer delegates sitting on the LAC work very hard educ...
Jan 17, 2012 Meet the CFPB
In 2010, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to serve as the nation’s “cop on the beat” to protect consumers from harmful financial products. Officially opened for business on July 22, 2011, the CFPB ...
Jan 3, 2012 Joint State Government Commission Issues Report
The Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission released its report on Common Interest Ownership Communities in late December and while the commission’s report falls short in certain goals outlined in the legislature’s resolution, ...
Dec 20, 2011 More Housing Uncertainty in 2012
CAI members know that 2011 saw the beginning of the federal government’s effort to rebuild our mortgage finance system in the wake of the worst housing and economic crisis since the Great Depression. As Congress and a host of federal agencie...
Nov 17, 2011 Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Condominium Guidelines
The ever-changing FHA Condominium Guidelines continued to create problems for many CAI members in 2011. Despite the challenges, CAI was able to work with FHA to amend some of the FHA lending criteria even as FHA released new policy that created n...
Nov 14, 2011 CAI Applauds Congressional Input on Mortgage Issues
Congressional leaders are expressing serious reservations about Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) mortgage-approval policies for condominiums-policies that are the source of mounting confusion and angst for condominium boards, homeowner...
Oct 18, 2011 Philadelphia City Council Moves on Condo Trash Bill
The Finance Committee of Philadelphia’s City Council held a hearing on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at City Hall on Bill 110130 which would provide a credit against the tax for owners of condominiums, cooperatives and planned community units w...
Oct 18, 2011 Mortgage Matters Progress Report
The challenges presented by the wave of federal regulatory proposals that are reshaping the mortgage finance system made the summer of 2011 one of the busiest advocacy periods in the history of CAI. At stake is the health and marketability of the ...
Sep 20, 2011 FHA Reignites Transfer Fee Battle
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced its plans to disqualify condominium associations from FHA financing if the association charges a deed-based transfer fee at time of sale. This would put FHA at odds with the Federal Housing Fi...
Aug 18, 2011 Mortgage Matters: The Waiting Game
CAI members know that during the course of 2011, the federal government is restructuring the entire mortgage finance system.  This means that the rules for who gets a mortgage, for what type of home, and in what type of community will dramati...
Jul 18, 2011 CAI Message to Congress: "Mortgages Matter!"
CAI members are taking their concerns over the restructuring of the federal mortgage finance system to Congress. In response to challenges from federal regulators on transfer fees, the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) condominium under...
Jun 28, 2011 Pending Legislation Impacts Condos in Business Improvement Districts
Legislation affecting condominium associations within business improvements districts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania could have a far reaching administrative impact on condos without changes sought by CAI’s Pennsylvania Legisla...
Jun 28, 2011 Governor Signs Ban on Private Transfer Fees
On Friday, June 24, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law House Bill 442 which bans the use of private transfer fees in Pennsylvania. The Bill is Act 8 of 2011. CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee supported this Bill and worked...
Jun 17, 2011 Municipal Windfall: Taking Advantage of Association Governed Communities
The following letter to the editor was submitted to the Philadelphia Inquirer by CAI. To the Editor: A letter appeared in the June 10 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer with the title “Doubly taxed seniors could opt for secession.” The a...
Jun 16, 2011 PA Senate, House Send Private Transfer Fee Ban to Governor
Pennsylvania’s Legislature has passed legislation banning private transfer fees. CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee supported this Bill and worked with a coalition of interest groups across the state including the PA ...
May 18, 2011 Feds Move in the Right Direction on Transfer Fees
Thanks to efforts by CAI members, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has issued a revised draft regulation governing so-called private transfer fees. Originally proposed in August of 2010, the FHFA regulation would have banned any federall...
Apr 7, 2011 Announcing CAI’s Mortgage Matters Program
Following the worst housing and financial crisis since the Great Depression, the federal government is undertaking sweeping changes to the mortgage finance system. These changes will determine who gets mortgages, for what type of home and in what ...
Mar 3, 2011 Breaking News Alert: Phila Condo Tax Credit Bill Introduced
Today, Philadelphia City Councilman James Kenney introduced legislation that would provide a credit against the tax for owners of condominiums, cooperatives and planned community units who do not receive regular City refuse, recycling and bulk ite...
Mar 2, 2011 Pennsylvania Senate Votes to Ban Private Transfer Fees
The Pennsylvania State Senate has just passed, unanimously, Senate Bill 353 banning private transfer fees. CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee supports this Bill and is working with a coalition of interest groups across the s...
Feb 8, 2011 FHFA Modifies Draft Transfer Fee Regulation
Community Associations Institute (CAI) is praising the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) for revising a proposed regulation that could have prevented potential homebuyers from securing mortgages for as many as 11 million U.S. homes. CA...
Feb 7, 2011 CAI’s Community Action Network
This week, CAI’s Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter launched our online Community Action Center, which is designed to bring CAI’s legislative alerts, updates and advocacy reports to a broader audience of homeowners, community ass...
Sep 13, 2010 State Releases Preliminary Findings
State Representative John Siptroth (D-Monroe) held a legislative hearing on September 8 at Fernwood Resort in the Pocono Mountains to hear testimony on the on-going study of community associations undertaken by the state with the adoption of HR35...
Feb 23, 2010 Dirty Laundry: Responding to Media Sensationalism
“We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing. When it’s all over we haven’t told you a thing. We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry.” So go the lyrics in Don Henley’s song Dirty Laundry, about a media ...
Jul 8, 2009 Pocono Record: Problems in Private Communities
The Pocono Record published an article on Sunday July 5th that sums up the reasons why the state legislature just approved HR350 calling for a study of private communities in Pennsylvania. The article quotes Reps. Scavello and Siptroth from the Po...
Jul 2, 2009 State House Adopts HR350
Stuck in Harrisburg in absence of a budget deal, lawmakers took up a host of Bills and Resolutions today at the state capitol. Among them was House Resolution 350 which was drafted in part by CAI. The resolution directs the Joint State Government ...
Jul 1, 2009 Urban Affairs Committee Reports Out HR350
On Tuesday, June 30, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Urban Affairs Committee took up House Resolution 350.  After brief remarks by the sponsor, Rep. John Siptroth (D-189) of Pike/Monroe County, the committee unanimously...

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