The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) has produced a number of educational videos posted on YouTube to inform residents of their rights and duties as members of common ownership communities. The short videos vary in subject matter and are aimed at a wide audience, providing easy to understand information about responsibilities of both owners and associations.
“As one of the sponsors of the legislation that created the Commission on Common Ownership Communities in 1991, I applaud the hard work of this commission,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “These informative videos are a major educational tool for this community and I am proud that Montgomery County has once again led the way in providing consumer-oriented materials.”
The 15 two- to three-minute videos provide information on the following topics: overview; architectural rules; filing a complaint; budgeting and the reserve fund; buying a home in a community association; condos, insurance and the duty to repair; holding an election; how association rules and governing laws interact; preparing for a hearing; roles and responsibilities of the board; roles and responsibilities of the homeowners; complaint process; enforcement process; mediation process; and explaining the unique nature and features of common ownership communities.
CCOC Chair Liz Molloy stated that all of the commissioners are very pleased to have been a part of producing these videos. “The CCOC is always looking for easy-to-access ways to educate individuals in common ownership communities about various elements of common ownership living,” said Molloy. “We have offered manuals and brochures on the CCOC webpage for a number of years and we are excited to expand our outreach to YouTube videos. We are currently working on a new set of topics.”
The mission of the 15-member CCOC includes advising on public policy issues that impact common ownership communities; educating owners, residents and professionals associated with these communities on community management and governance; and resolving disputes between owners or residents and their governing bodies. Members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council and serve without pay.
For more information about the Commission on Common Ownership Communities, contact Peter Drymalski in the Office of Consumer Protection at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer, and click on “Common Ownership Communities.”
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