Pennsylvania Legislation

The Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) has reviewed and taken the following positions on Bills currently pending.  Click here to read our 2017 Community Associations Day at the Capitol White Paper.

Click here for a list of all Bills in Pennsylvania currently being tracked as relevant to community associations.

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2020-2021 Legislative Session

House Bill 731 - Community Association Data Transparency

CAI supports this Bill. Introduced by Rep. Rosemary Brown on March 3, 2021: This legislation would amend the Municipalities Planning Code to require County Planning Commissions to include CIOC data in their currently required annual report. Counties would be required to collect, maintain, and make available upon request, information identifying condominium associations, cooperative housing developments, and planned communities located within the boundaries of the County. While it is estimated that 2.8 million PA residents live in a common interest ownership community (CIOC) and that roughly 80 percent of new housing starts since 2000 are CIOCs, the actual number and location of these communities is, by and large, unknown. Senate Bill 855 would mandate the collection of data, including information such as name, physical location, land area, lot size, number of units and location and would aid the State in assessing the impact of legislation specific to CIOCs. To mitigate the impact on County governments, amendments to the original bill would permit the County to make the data available to the public at a cost not to exceed that allowed under the state Right to Know Law and would also permit the posting of the data in electronic form.

House Co-Sponsor Memo

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House Bill 1924 - Homeowner Association Contributions Tax Equity

CAI supports this Bill. Introduced by Representative Valerie Gaydos on September 28, 2021: This legislation seeks to address what amounts to “double taxation” for residents living throughout our Commonwealth in condominium and homeowner associations. This occurs because homeowners in many of these communities are required to pay annual assessments for the upkeep and maintenance of commonly owned facilities and infrastructure such as water and sewer facilities, trash removal and similar services. At the same time these homeowners are paying municipal taxes for similar facilities and services that other homeowners living in the same municipality but not in a planned community receive.

Under this proposed legislation, homeowners living in planned communities would, through their homeowners' association, be able to negotiate with the municipality to supply the service or reimburse the homeowners for the actual costs incurred by these homeowners for the services.

House Co-Sponsor Memo

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Senate Bill 273 - Covid-19 Related Liability

CAI supports this Bill. Introduced by Senator Lisa Baker on February 24, 2021: This bill provides for limited, temporary and targeted COVID-19-related liability related to compliance with state and federal COVID guidelines.

House Co-Sponsor Memo

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House Bill 1795 - Voting in Community Associations

CAI opposes this Bill. Introduced by Representative Rosemary Brown on August 17, 2021: The provisions of this legislation would, if adopted, have a significant impact on voting within Pennsylvania's community associations, including:

  • Restricting voting in an association election to one method for all voters. If the association opts for in-person voting on paper ballots, anyone traveling or away for an extended period of time would not be permitted to vote electronically. CAI believes this will disenfranchise voters.
  • Imposing criminal penalties, including fines up to $10,000 and jail time up to 5 years, for “interfering” in an association election, without bothering to define what the term “interfering” means. This provision is un-necessary, as remedies for such behavior already exist under current statutes.
  • Imposing a two-thirds vote to change association by-laws (not to be confused with the already required two-thirds vote to amend an association Declaration), a difficult hurdle for an association, many of which already have a difficult time getting unit owners to participate in association elections and other association business such as changing bylaws.
  • Requiring associations to call a special meeting, triggering quorum requirements, within seven days of an election, for the sole purpose of introducing candidates for the board to the owners. Associations will now need to reach quorum for a meeting for owners to meet the candidates and reach quorum again days later for the election.
  • Requiring an association to hire an attorney, certified public accountant or utilize a “vote management system” (undefined in the Bill) for each election, thereby adding significant costs to the association.

In its present form, CAI opposes this legislation.

House Co-Sponsor Memo

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House Bill 1840 - Real Estate Disclosure

CAI opposes this Bill. Introduced by Representative Robert Mecuri on September 8, 2021: The intent of this legislation to strengthen the real estate disclosure process for a purchaser in a common interest owned community. 

In its present form, CAI opposes this legislation.

House Co-Sponsor Memo

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House Resolution 69 - Common Interest Ownership Communities Study

CAI has not taken a position on this resolution. Introduced by Representative Valerie Gaydos on March 3, 2021: This resolution directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the impact of common interest ownership communities on local governments and the Commonwealth, the challenges facing residents and governing bodies of common interest ownership communities and opportunities for the Commonwealth to assist local governments and common interest ownership communities to deliver adequate services to their residents at an affordable cost. 

House Co-Sponsor Memo

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