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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 9, 2015 01:06 PM
From: Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone
To: All House members
Subject: Condominium / Planned Community Declaration Recording Fee Clarification
 
I will soon be introducing legislation clarifying the manner in which county Recorders of Deeds may assess fees regarding the amendment of declarations for condominiums or planned communities.

As in so many other areas of the administration of state law, various counties are assessing fees in a different manner than most others. One if these manners includes assessing a separate duplicate recording fee upon every unit and unit owner in such a community. I believe this practice is contrary to legislative intent, and is abusive. Furthermore, it bears no resemblance to the amount of work involved to perform this service. Merely indexing a declaration amendment to each unit does not warrant duplicative fees. In some cases, some counties have assessed several thousands of dollars in fees for a simple declaration amendment that was merely required to comply with state or federal law changes. I cannot stress enough how unreasonable this is.

I understand there will be a companion piece offered in the other chamber, offered by the other side of the aisle, so this should not be a partisan issue. It is a matter of consumer protection and good government. "Because we can" is an excuse for assessing confiscatory fees that we need to discourage. This bill will do exactly that.

Please consider co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
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Introduced as HB1101