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Proposed Legislation Would Reduce Percentage Required For Declaration Amendments

Proposed legislation pending in the Maryland General Assembly would reduce the percentage of approval votes required to amend a condominium declaration from 80 percent to 66 2/3 percent.  House Bill 1496, which was cross-filed with Senate Bill 665, would change the amendment process in Section 11-103(c) of the Maryland Condominium Act to provide for the lower percentage requirement.  However, the reduced percentage would not apply in the event that any units are still owned by the developer, in which case the 80 percent requirement would still be effective. As is the case under current law, the percentage requirement would not apply to a purely corrective amendment of a typographical error under Section 11-103.1, which can be accomplished by the condominium’s board of directors.