Our HOA prez gets a newsletter for HOAs in Maryland. I believe the
topic here applies to condos, and co-ops, but I know it applies to our
HOA. The newsletter included this:
This new law takes away an important tool from a community associationâ€™s ability to enforce judgments under $5,000 against delinquent owners.
This law prohibits a court from ordering a debtor in a small claims
action (under $5,000) to answer interrogatories or appear for a
deposition about their income and assets, actions which were previously authorized to aid creditors in the enforcement of their judgments.
1) I gather that "small claims action" doesn't refer to small claims
court. Am I alone in being confused by the terminology?
2) What is the goal of the legislature in prohibiting the court from
ordering interroatories or a deposition about income and assets? Aren't
these essential steps in the most common ways to collect a judgment?
Don't they want judgments to be collected?
Have you heard of this before, eliminating either of these tools?
Are we to wait until we are owed more than 5000 just so we can use these tools? Are they trying to cut down the number of small lawsuits?
For the specifics: Please see the text of bill numbers HB 349/SB 452, https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2022RS/bills/hb/hb0349E.pdf https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2022RS/bills/sb/sb0452E.pdf
which amend Â§ 11-704 of the Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article of
the Maryland Code.
From what I see on the net, it appears Maryland legislators simply wanted to easethe burden on folks who owe money.
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