What Generation are Your State’s Common Interest Laws?

In connection with the final preparation for my NBI/Westlaw seminar today, I inquired as to the residences of the attendees.  The list’s not complete, but it looks like there will be about 100 participants from all around the country.  So it’s going to be impossible to try to focus on local laws.

I did find, however, a listing in Powell on Real Property which attempts to categorize states based upon the “generation” of their community association standards.  The Uniform Common Ownership Interest Act, (“UCIOA”) is considered the latest (Third Generation); as of the latest update, it has been adopted in Connecticut and Vermont (1994 version) and in Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada and West Virginia.

“Second Generation” states, with  the Uniform Condominium Act, include Alabama, Arizona, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington. The District of Columbia, Louisiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to Powell, have enacted fragmented portions of the uniform condominium act.

Several states, including most notably California, Nevada and Florida have highly unique statutes which are regularly amended.

The most valuable aspect of this information  (to the extent it is current) is that it may lead you to other states with statutes similar to your own; that’s helpful when conducting your legal research.

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