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Lawmakers should kill condo bill

Register • Feb 26, 2014 at 7:50 AM

We've seen worse ideas, but a proposed law that would govern condominium rules in Ohio and make it a crime for the volunteer condo association board members to forget to post meeting times and file paperwork is one lousy proposal. 

House Bill 371 would require condo board members to register with the Division of Real Estate, open their meetings to all unit owners, post all meeting times in advance in common areas and websites and require certain records to be kept.


State Rep. Cheryl Grossman, R-Grove City, introduced House Bill 371after hearing stories about bad condo boards from her constituents. But we agree with local condo board members and legal experts who contend this is bad legislation. 


Most of the provisions already are encompassed in existing regulation, but HB 371 would make it so condo board members guilty of a third degree misdemeanor for unintentional mistakes. 

Jerry Fraley, president of the Hunters Glen Condo Association in Norwalk, and Darcy Mehling Good, an attorney with Kaman and Cusimano who works with condo associations, said earlier this month the legislation is over-reaching and not necessary. 

“This would be charting new territory,” Good said. “It’s big government at its worst”

Fraley said it’s already difficult to recruit good people who will volunteer their time to serve on a condo board.

“Who are you going to get to open yourself to criminal prosecution?” he said. “Not me. I’m gone”


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