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Legislative Updates


2018 GAR LEGISLATIVE DAY CAPITOL HILL TALKING POINTS

House of Representatives

HB 410 HOA Letter Fees (Representative Alan Powell of Hartwell) GAR supports this legislation:

  • Current Law allows a Homeowners Association to charge $10 for an estoppel/closing letter. In practice, however, many HOAs and third-party management companies are abusing the law by charging additional fees.
  • Such fees have various names (processing fee, convenience fee, expedited service fee, etc.) and they often far exceed the $10 charge. The consumer bears the burden of these additional fees and is only made aware of them at the time of closing.
  • HB 410 seeks to more clearly define the intent of the estoppel letter by identifying a disclosure list of specific items necessary for closing while eliminating unnecessary additional fees. It also establishes a timeframe for production of the letter, thus removing undue surprise at closing.
  • The allowed charge for production of the letter will be raised from $10 to $100 in acknowledgement of HOA and management company costs associated with adherence to the disclosure list.

HB 204 Property Tax & Non-Tax Fees (Representative Brett Harrell of Snellville)

  • Thank you for passing this legislation last year.
  • The separation and prioritization of property tax bills are important to protect the property owner from potential liens resulting from non-payment of fees (such as solid waste services).

HB 661 Tax Liens (Representative Bruce Williamson of Monroe)

  • Thank you for passing this legislation last week!
  • Improves efficiency of deed recording and fixes unintended consequences of the 2017 State Tax Execution Modernization Act.

Senate

HB 204 Property Tax & Non-Tax Fees (Representative Brett Harrell of Snellville) GAR supports this legislation & Rep. Harrell’s efforts:

  • HB 204 (as passed by the House) will require local jurisdictions to separate property tax billing from non-tax fees/assessments (such as solid waste services) and to prioritize payment of property taxes.
  • This separation and prioritization are important to protect the property owner from potential liens resulting from non-payment of fees.

HB 410 HOA Letter Fees (Representative Alan Powell of Hartwell)

  • GAR supports this legislation (see above for details).

HB 661 Tax Liens (Representative Bruce Williamson of Monroe)

  • Thank you for passing this legislation yesterday!
  • Improves efficiency of deed recording and fixes unintended consequences of the 2017 State Tax Execution Modernization Act.

*If your legislator has specific questions about any of these bills, please ask him/her to contact GAR lobbyists Jeff Ledford (678-517-7836), Brad Mock (770-375-5127), or Keith Hatcher (404-980-6236).

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