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Reserve Studies are not Preventative Maintenance Plans

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

In 2017, the Minnesota legislature made several changes to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minn. Stat. 515B (“MCIOA”), the law governing most homeowner associations in Minnesota.  One of these changes requires that associations adopt and distribute a formal Preventative Maintenance Plan (“PMP”) by January 1, 2019.  For more information on the specifics of these… Read more »

Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act Changes and Updates

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Friday, April 20, 2018.

During the last legislative session, the Minnesota legislature made two significant changes to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minn. Stat. § 515B (“MCIOA”) that will affect all common interest communities subject to that law. These changes, which have been signed into law by Governor Dayton, affect community associations’ maintenance responsibilities and rights to bring… Read more »

4 Reasons to Connect With a Minnesota Condominium or Townhome Association Lawyer

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Monday, March 12, 2018.

If you live in a condominium or townhome in Minnesota, you are likely part of a homeowners’ association. Homeowners’ associations help protect the investments of the members and community by establishing and enforcing rules and regulations. They also make sure that the shared areas are maintained and upgraded as needed.  Members pay a fee to… Read more »

Basic Guidelines for Protecting Your Homeowner Association in Contracted Work

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Homeowner associations often need to enter contracts to undertake construction work or other improvements that will affect all members of a homeowner association. Unfortunately, sometimes contracts are approved without careful review and contractors who are unqualified or unlicensed are hired. Associations should carefully review all contracts they intend to enter, giving it the same amount… Read more »

Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act Applicability

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

The Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act (Minnesota Statute § 515B), commonly referred to as MCIOA, is a Minnesota state law that governs the operation of condominium associations and other common interest communities.  MCIOA provides legal authority to address issues that frequently affect common interest communities. MCIOA applies to all townhome associations and condominium associations created… Read more »

How Does Minnesota Law Affect you When you Buy Property in a Common-Interest Community?

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

A “common-interest community” is one in which you buy an individual unit but have access to shared facilities. They include condominiums, townhomes, coops, and other housing developments comprised of individually owned units, in addition to shared facilities and common areas. In a common-interest community, you pay an annual assessment to cover the upkeep of the… Read more »