Articles Tagged with condominium law

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If you’re a member of an association of owners (aka HOA) and want to learn about how the Oregon Legislature makes laws, here are two bills just for you. You can track them on the Legislature’s website – no need to drive to Salem, unless you want to. And contact your State Legislator to ask about these bills. A Find Your Legislator” search tool is on the Legislature’s home page.

HB 2582: Prohibits association of owners for, or declarant of, planned community or condominium from prohibiting display of signs based on content of sign.

HB 2584: Prohibits association of owners for, or declarant of, planned community or condominium from making records of association confidential or exempt from disclosure to owners of real property in planned community or condominium.

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1) Do you know what your Condo Management Association is up to?

2) Maybe you are Condo Management and want to know what you should be doing.

3) Maybe you’re thinking about buying a condo and want to hear about HOA rights and responsibilities.

Smart people love Forums and Meetings and Seminars! Here is a condo training opportunity just for you:

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The list of Oregon law blogs is growing. Check out Justia’s Oregon Law Blogs list and my own sidebar list of Oregon law blogs. Neither is absolutely complete and non-Oregon bloggers also write about Oregon law.

I recently added to my sidebar list the NW HOA Law Center, which has an excellent blog where lawyers write detailed posts on condo and HOA legal issues.

One easy way to track blog posts on Oregon law is to go to the Justia Blawg Search, type in the word Oregon, and then click on Sort By Date (upper-right hand of screen).

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Lots of lawyers blog, but not all blog about substantive law. Add this one to the growing list of Oregon substantive legal blogs (see sidebar of Blogs-Oregon Legal Topics):

Northwest Condo and HOA Blog.

This blog was also featured here at Inter Alia.

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I’ve blogged a lot about condo law for a reason. (See here and here.) Condo homeownership is fairly new to Oregon, and a lot of Oregon lawyers, and there is an awful lot of Feeling your Way going on for condo buyers, sellers, boards, lenders, owners, management companies, and lawyers.

An Oregonian article by Jeff Manning on Sunday, 1/6/08, “If these walls could talk, they would quarrel,” was particularly good, though it may put you off condo-ownership completely rather than simply alerting you to the pitfalls. Condo ownership may be just what you need and want, but it’s good to know the risks (so says the public law librarian who hears a lot about the risks, the aggravations, and the lawsuits).

Excerpt from the article, but do read the whole thing, especially if you’re thinking about buying a condo (and read a whole lot more on the subject too):

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“From a nothin’ to a somthin'” (and one day I’ll tell you where that quote comes from – and laugh and laugh you will). I used to think we had almost nothing on Condo law in Oregon and now we have a bounty of resources. If you put the word “condo” in the search box at the top of this blog you will see links to most or even all, and any future condo postings I might make. I now have two more resources to add to this collection:

1) The Official HOA Handbook, A. Richard Vial, editor, (Northwest HOA Law Center, 2003)

2) Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook (use the index to find some very useful information on HOAs)