There is no guarantee that this success will continue.
When new legislation amending the HOA Act is proposed, CA must persuade state legislators that the impact on CA would be vastly different than the effect on other HOAs — and that the impact would be detrimental.
It is very possible that legislators might not be persuaded of these facts when considering future proposed legislation. The lawmakers in Annapolis who oversee HOA Act legislation have suggested that CA propose a comprehensive solution — a bill recognizing Columbia Association for its unique status.
Beyond that, making CA a community benefit association would save resources. CA dedicates a significant amount of legal fees and time to reviewing, acting on, testifying and lobbying, and crafting amendments to the increasing amount of HOA legislation introduced every year.
This money, time and staff could instead be redirected to serve the community in other ways.Columbia Association’s Board of Directors is considering proposing a change to Maryland state law that would classify CA as a “community benefit association” instead of as a homeowners association, or HOA.