New Law Requires Condominium Bylaws Update
Due to a new law, Condominium Associations have the opportunity to update their bylaws to include alternative dispute resolution procedures to avoid consumer complaints from unit owners.
In May, a modified version of House Bill 595, that was pending for more than a year, was passed and signed into the law. The Bill gives Condominium Unit owners the right to file complaints with the Bureau of Consumer Protection (Attorney General’s Office) for disputes about meetings, quorums, voting and association records. The Bill also gives Condominium Associations the right to require that unit owners initially utilize alternative dispute resolution (mediation) before they file a consumer complaint with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Owners are required to utilize alternative dispute resolution methods, first, if offered by their Condominium Association, prior to making a complaint.
Alternative dispute resolution offers Condominiums an opportunity to avoid costly litigation and resolve disputes more efficiently. However, it must be stated in an Association’s bylaws that a alternative dispute resolution process is available to owners. Therefore, this is an excellent time for Condominium Unit owners to consider an update to their bylaws.