The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) announces its updated “Common Ownership Community Manual and Resource Guide” for the operation of condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations. The updated manual contains information on a variety of topics, including annual and special meetings, employee hiring and firing, capital replacement reserves, stormwater management, setting and collecting assessments, and financing.
“Montgomery County has more than 1,000 community associations that represent more than 126,000 homes,” said commission chair Staci Gelfound. “All of the associations are operated by volunteer boards of directors, many of whom have had no experience or training in this area. One of the commission’s most important responsibilities is to help educate and inform our associations on operating procedures. This manual and our website provide valuable information to these associations.”
The new manual updates the one prepared in 2005 and is available online on the Office of Consumer Protection website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer Copies of the manual are available for $15 each.
The 15-member CCOC is a commission whose mission includes advising on public policy issues that impact these 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, contact the Office of Consumer Protection at 240-777-3636.
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