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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: November 12, 2015 03:01 PM
From: Representative Rosemary M. Brown
To: All House members
Subject: Homeowners Associations and Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection
In the near future I plan to introduce legislation that assigns the investigation and mediation of complaints regarding planned communities, cooperatives, and condominiums under Title 68 (Real Property), to the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Communities formed under Title 68 are operated under a set of governing bylaws that creates a micro government within these communities. Nearly one quarter of Pennsylvania residents live in these types of self-governing communities. Occasionally, when disagreements or incidences of fraud occur in these communities, residents and unit owner boards feel they have nowhere to turn for assistance in resolving these complaints.

While Title 68 already allows for complaints regarding financial documents to be filed with Consumer Protection, it does not assist with other complaints that may be a violation of other portions of Title 68, or even the local bylaws.

My legislation seeks to grant unit owners and board members in these communities the ability to seek assistance and investigation when there may be possible illegal activity occurring. The Bureau of Consumer Protection is already equipped to handle these complaints in a way that will find resolution and justice for these disagreements and violations.

Please join me in offering these communities and unit owners a remedy when they feel that their rights and benefits have been violated by cosponsoring this legislation.

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Introduced as HB1774