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Each year, CAI hosts a Legislative Advocacy Summit where members meet with their state legislators to advocate for CAI’s legislative priorities. Check back soon for the date for the 2023 Advocacy Summit in Harrisburg.
2023-2024 Legislative Session Priority Bills
The Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) has reviewed and taken positions on the following Bills currently pending in Harrisburg.
Pending - Community Association Data Transparency
CAI supports this Bill. This legislation would amend the Municipalities Planning Code to require County Planning Commissions to include CIOC data in their currently required annual report. Counties would be required to collect, maintain, and make available upon request, information identifying condominium associations, cooperative housing developments, and planned communities located within the boundaries of the County. While it is estimated that 2.8 million PA residents live in a common interest ownership community (CIOC) and that roughly 80 percent of new housing starts since 2000 are CIOCs, the actual number and location of these communities is, by and large, unknown. Senate Bill 855 would mandate the collection of data, including information such as name, physical location, land area, lot size, number of units and location and would aid the State in assessing the impact of legislation specific to CIOCs. To mitigate the impact on County governments, amendments to the original bill would permit the County to make the data available to the public at a cost not to exceed that allowed under the state Right to Know Law and would also permit the posting of the data in electronic form.
- House Co-Sponsor Memo
- Read the text of the Bill / View Roll Call Votes
Pending - Homeowner Association Contributions Tax Equity
CAI supports this Bill. This legislation seeks to address what amounts to “double taxation” for residents living throughout our Commonwealth in condominium and homeowner associations. This occurs because homeowners in many of these communities are required to pay annual assessments for the upkeep and maintenance of commonly owned facilities and infrastructure such as water and sewer facilities, trash removal and similar services. At the same time these homeowners are paying municipal taxes for similar facilities and services that other homeowners living in the same municipality but not in a planned community receive. Under this proposed legislation, homeowners living in planned communities would, through their homeowners' association, be able to negotiate with the municipality to supply the service or reimburse the homeowners for the actual costs incurred by these homeowners for the services.
House Co-Sponsor Memo
Read the text of the Bill // View Roll Call Votes
Philadelphia City Council Bill 220299 - High Rise Building Retrofit for Sprinklers
CAI opposes this Bill. Introduced by Councilmembers Mark Squilla and Katherine Gilmore Richardson, the Bill would require the installation of fire sprinkler systems in all existing high-rise condominium, cooperative and apartment buildings (buildings higher than 75 feet), costing unit owners and renters between $20,000 to $50,000 per unit. Beyond the impact on both market-rate rental housing and individually owned condominiums, this bill could devastate affordable housing in the city due to the astronomical cost of compliance.
Click here to learn more and sign a letter to City Council opposing this legislation.