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Why So Many Common Interest Communities Need Help

The General Assembly finds as follows:

<<<>>> Managing condominium property or common interest community property is a complex responsibility.

<<<>>> Unit owners AND persons charged with managing condominium property or common interest community property may have little or no prior experience in managing real property, operating a not-for-profit association or corporation, complying with the laws governing condominium property or common interest community property, and interpreting and enforcing restrictions and rules imposed by applicable instruments or covenants.

<<<>>> Unit owners may not fully understand their rights and obligations under the law or applicable instruments or covenants.

<<<>>> Mistakes and misunderstandings are inevitable and may lead to serious, costly, and divisive problems.

<<<>>> Effective education can prevent or reduce the severity of problems within a condominium or common interest community.

<<<>>> Anecdotal accounts of abuses within condominiums and common interest communities create continuing public demand for reform of condominium and common interest community property law.

<<<>>> This results in frequent changes to the law, making it difficult to understand and apply, and imposes significant transitional costs on these communities statewide. 

<<<>>> By collecting empirical data on the nature and incidence of problems within these communities, this Act will provide a sound basis for prioritizing reform efforts, thereby increasing the stability of condominium and common interest community property law. 

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