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As associations spread, groups vie over how best to represent them
Evan McKenzie says two types of people join homeowner association boards of directors.
The first, said McKenzie, a political scientist and author of the fo2rthcoming book on homeowner associations, "are people who are genuinely community-oriented."
The second? "Power-hungry condo Nazis."
And it's the latter -- those board members who break out their tape measures whenever a unit owner installs a fence -- that has the Maryland Homeowners' Association asking, "What about the homeowner's rights?"
Not that all boards are bad, said MHA President Stephen Cottrelle. It's just that MHA, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting homeowners, questions the motives of some boards and, more specifically, the Community Associations Institute, a similar organization with a national backing devoted to counseling homeowner boards.
Consider a bill introduced by CAI this past legislative session.
The bill would have allowed associations to meet and conduct business with a 10 percent quorum. The Maryland Homeowners Act, enacted in 1986, requires 25 percent of all members to be present during association business.
Led by attorney Lawrence Holzman, MHA successfully …