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Maryland General Assembly Passes Legislation To Allow Reduced Number Of Votes To Amend Condo Bylaws

Both houses of the Maryland General Assembly have passed legislation that would reduce the number votes required to amend condominium bylaws.  House Bill 789 was approved unanimously in both the House of Delegates and State Senate.  The new law would reduce the required percentage vote for an amendment of the bylaws from two-thirds to 55 percent.  Additionally, it would also permit the bylaws themselves to establish a percentage as low as 51%.  The law would also limit the voting to members in “good standing, ” which is defined as not being more than 90 days in arrears with regard to assessment payments.

The proposed legislation contains similar provisions to reduce the percentage vote required for bylaw amendments under the Maryland Homeowners Association Act.