Joseph D. Douglass

Joseph D. Douglass

PARTNER
jdouglass@wtplaw.com
WASHINGTON
T: 202.659.6779
F: 202.327.6179

COLUMBIA
T: 202.659.6779
F: 202.327.6179



  • Mr. Douglass has 30 plus years of experience working with condominiums, housing cooperatives and planned communities throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • More than 30 years experience working with condominiums, housing cooperatives and planned communities throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • Nationally-known authority on community association law.
  • Past member of Maryland Governor’s Commission on Condominiums, Cooperatives and Homeowner Associations.
  • Author of state and local legislation and regulations concerning community associations.
  • Counsel to D.C. Cooperative Housing Coalition.
  • Frequent advisor to legislators and legislative staff on community association matters.
  • Past President, Washington Metropolitan Chapter, Community Associations Institute.
  • Frequent course leader, speaker and author, both regionally and nationally, on community association law and operations.


Memberships & Activities

  • Member:  District of Columbia Bar
  • Member:  Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member:  Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member:  American Bar Association
  • Member:  Governor's Commission on Condominiums, Cooperatives and Homeowners Association, 1982-1986
  • Montgomery County Task Force on Homeowners Associations, 1982-1984
  • President:  Washington Metropolitan Chapter, Community Associations Institute, 1992-1993
  • Program Manager: Condominiums, Montgomery County Office of Consumer Affairs, 1980-1981
  • Member: Legal faculty of the Community Associations Institute's National Professional Management Development Program
  • Charter Member: College of Community Association Lawyers
  • Member: National Faculty, Community Associations Institute

ARTICLES

Some Rules for Developing and Enforcing Rules

Rules development and enforcement are critically important areas for condominiums, homeowner associations and housing cooperatives.  In developing and enforcing rules the board must be diligent, careful and resolute, but must keep things in perspective.  If an association's rules are not respected by the residents, or if rule enforcement is poorly handled, the result will be a decline in respect for the association, which can translate into greater dissension in the community, increased numbers of rule violations, and increased delinquent assessments.


New Maryland Law Forbids Prohibition of Clotheslines in Condominiums, Homeowner Associations, and Cooperatives

On May 4, 2010, Governor O'Malley signed into law Maryland SB 224, the so-called "Right-to-Dry" legislation, which requires condominium associations, homeowner associations, and cooperatives to allow homeowners to install clotheslines on their property. The new law, effective on October 1, 2010, adds section 14-130 to the Real Property Code, "Installation and Use of Clotheslines on Residential Property." Please click here to read the full law.


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