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Reminder- Voicemail Office Policy

This month we are highlighting the current Nagle & Zaller policy with respect to leaving voicemail messages for delinquent homeowners. As you may be aware, in 2016 our office formally adopted a policy on leaving messages based on cutting-edge case law emerging from courts around the county at that time. We want to remind you of our policy and the reasons why we implemented it a few years ago. Further, a couple new cases have been decided on this issue since 2016 that have reaffirmed the need to manage how and when we leave voicemail messages for delinquent homeowners.

Legislative Updates for M.D. Clients


May 1, 2018


Craig B. Zaller, Esq.

The 2018 legislative session for the State of Maryland was very active. The General Assembly considered many bills that impact community associations. Below, is a recap of each law that we believe may impact your community. And, I have also noted a few proposed laws that did not pass but which may be considered in the future.

Legislative Updates for D.C. Clients


May 1, 2018


Brian R. Fellner, Esq.

As we noted last year, the Council for the District of Columbia revised the DC Condominium Act substantially in a few important ways. This legislative season, the Council has considered three additional bills that, if passed, will impact condominiums and other common ownership communities within the District.

Don’t eat these 7 foods while driving

We all know that drinking alcohol behind the wheel is extremely dangerous. Likewise, we’ve all heard about the risks associated with texting while driving. But have you ever stopped to think about the hazards of eating on the road? Like other types of distractions, eating can take a driver’s attention away from what is most important.



Foreclosure/Writ of Execution

This month we are highlighting the process of determining whether a delinquent homeowner's account should be considered for a statutory foreclosure or writ of execution (sometime commonly referred to as a Sherriff's Sale). Either a statutory foreclosure or writ of execution divests the current non-paying homeowner from title to the property and, as such, are two of the most aggressive tools available to a Community. These remedies should be considered for the difficult to collect and high balance delinquent homeowner accounts. The result with either process is a change of ownership in the title of the property. The non-paying owner will no longer own the property after the time of the sale and the accrual of their assessments will cease. Of course, a payment plan or payment in full may be received prior to the sale date which is the best outcome for the Community.




April 9, 2018


John E. Tsikerdanos, Esq.

In today's busy world, many people struggle to find a balance between work obligations and spending time with family and friends. This is especially true for the members of a Board of Directors, who also must find time in their schedules to address the myriad of issues impacting their respective communities, many of which are time sensitive. While it is our advice that a Board of Directors should meet in person to conduct business of the Association, as a practical matter, how can a Board of Directors run the affairs of the Association when the members cannot find time to meet in person? Is a Board permitted under current Maryland law to conduct business via e-mail?


60/40 Contingency Cases

We are excited to announce a new feature to our monthly Special Client Letter. In addition to the specific work being done on the collection accounts for your Community, we want to highlight recent cutting-edge issues related to our collection practice, whether that be a new development in the law, a new member to our growing team or one of the unique parts of our practice at Nagle & Zaller that we have to offer your Community.


March 1, 2018


Timothy S. Carey, Esq.

On or before January 1st of this year, all residential dwellings in Maryland were required to be in compliance with the laws adopted by the Maryland General Assembly in 2013 concerning the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms (a single or multiple station device that detects visible or invisible products of combustion and includes a built-in internal alarm signal) or smoke detectors (a system-connected smoke sensing device tied to a fire alarm control panel or a household fire warning panel) in residential dwellings. The law establishes rules which set forth the types of smoke detectors permitted, the location of where the smoke alarms must be installed within your home, and what, if any, upgrades may be necessary to your current smoke alarms(s) based on the age of the dwelling. The new rules specifically apply to the interior of homes and not to any common areas for homeowners' associations or common elements in a condominium, therefore, it is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure compliance and not the Community Association or Condominium. However, if the Community Association or Condominium owns a dwelling, then the Community Association or Condominium must ensure any dwellings it owns comply with the rules. Given the health and safety importance of the new rules, we felt it important to provide this information to our communities, and; further, we recommend advising all owners of their obligations at your next meeting or in a newsletter to the Community. Be advised, however, that the County in which your Community is located may also have adopted its own requirements with respect to smoke alarms and those should be reviewed as well.

6 common mistakes motorists make driving in winter weather

It seems that each winter brings an increase in car accidents. No matter how careful you are, someone else's recklessness can put you at risk.

There are many mistakes drivers make each winter, even if they are familiar with snowy and icy road conditions. It's possible you have even made some of them yourself without realizing it.

4 Tips on how to handle a car accident when you are injured

According to Maryland Department of Transportation, over 500 people died as a result of a traffic accident in 2016. Many people would agree that losing one person is one too many. Traffic accidents are often preventable when drivers are sober, free of distractions, mindful and courteous of traffic laws and have safe vehicles not at risk of malfunctioning.

Although it would be ideal to have all these conditions present at all times, the truth is many people of all ages have suffered serious injuries and death due to traffic accidents statewide. Across the state of Maryland the following data was reported to the DOT office for 2016:


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