Connecticut Now Requiring Condo Property Managers To Pass Competency Tests

Connecticut state laws, for the first time, requires Connecticut condo property managers to take educational courses and pass examinations to allow them to continue working as a property manager.

Property managers for Condominium Associations and other types of Common Interest Communities were already required to register with the state Department of Consumer Protection.

A recently enacted law (PA 12-113) imposes new requirements on those who have already registered as community association managers and those who wish to register. The purpose of this act is to try to ensure that managers are sufficiently knowledgeable to provide good service to associations and unit owners.

The Act requires that any person issued an initial certificate of registration on or after October 1, 2012, must within a year following the date the registration was issued successfully complete a nationally recognized course on community association management and pass the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers’ Certified Manager of Community Associations examination, or a similar examination as may be prescribed by the DCP commissioner by regulation.

The Act requires that anyone holding a certificate of registration issued before October 1, 2012, to successfully complete, on or before October 1, 2014, a nationally recognized course on community association management. Those who have held the certificate for fewer than 10 years must also, by October 1, 2014, pass the National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers’ Certified Manager of Community Associations examination, or a similar examination as may be prescribed by the regulations adopted by the DCP commissioner.

The Act requires DCP, with the Real Estate Commission’s advice and assistance, to adopt regulations, concerning any examination required for certification and the approval of schools, institutions or organizations offering courses in current practices and laws concerning community association management and the content of such courses.

The new act has some teeth. It  authorizes the Real Estate Commission to revoke, suspend or refuse to issue or renew any certificate of registration as a community association manager or place a registrant on probation or issue a letter of reprimand for failing to comply with these educational requirements.

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17 Responses to Connecticut Now Requiring Condo Property Managers To Pass Competency Tests

  1. carole puccino says:

    what about condo that are slef managed. Where do they fit in this law?

  2. B.J. says:

    How can a unit owner find out if the manager has complied with this law? I asked one of the association officers, has our manager complied with this law. The answer I got was we’ve been doing it all along. I said past actions may not fulfill this law’s requirement, this is a new law. The answer was, we are taking care of it. How do I as a unit owner get proof of the necessary compliance. Also, I believe there is a requirement for a background check. Can unit owners be privy to that check if it is done. And how do we ascertain that a background check was actually done.

  3. Christine says:

    that’s great but what if your property is self managed? Not so great. Bad news for us folks who are still under self managed properties in CT.

  4. Ariel says:

    Who would I contact to ask if my condo management company is violating my rights and privacy?

  5. david lewis says:

    George – You said that we could check on the Consumer Protection Website under registered property managers. I could not find that section could you post the link to the COCC website, and or post it here?

  6. H. says:

    What do you do if you find that your property manager is not licensed?

    And licensed or not how do you file a complaint?

  7. Debbie says:

    Look under “community association management”

  8. Gwen Thiele says:

    If our property manager is not registered who do we complain to?

    Thank you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I am still amazed by how CT managers and board continues to do unethical things. Steve Margolis and his board person Ruby Lawrence robbed us residents for many many years.
    There has been many complaints about him and her on this site as well as others. He has been caught and penalized with kickbacks and pocketing a lot of our money for year. Yet it in not under the Better Business Bureau or Consumers Protecting.Ruby is still living there and still going by her own rules. It seem like Consumers protection and CT was protecting the criminals and not the residents they took advantage of. I believe they need a ethical test for these horrible people. They are Shameless. However, I have to say when a state allows certain powers to unethical people that have a entitled attitude without any consequences for their actions deterioration of the morale, the residents and buildings continues. I must say my opinion is Steve Margolis, Ruby Lawrence and Steve Condo lawyer Robert Bender are the Bernie Maddoff of Condo living. They sure cooked the books, and it was very sloppy work. I don’t understand how the state of Connecticut will go after someone for a minor offense; Yet years and years of pocketing money from residents is a misdemeanor and a slap on the wrist Of course these people are going to feel entitled.
    The sad thing is to a casual observer walking by they could see how the building was not taken of. It was that black and white. It is amazing how much assessment fees and made up bills they charge me as well as other residents.
    The other issue is the lack of privilege resident had before they were “steve ruby and bender” kicked out. The board person Ruby walked around like she owned our property harassing people in their own home and threatening them as if she owned everything. She got paid for not doing her job and for splitting neighbors against one another.
    I think it is important though to put it out there. I did not plan on writing much. I think it needs to be said. If I didn’t experience it I may not believe it either. I never seen anything run so badly for years. Part of it how condos laws are created.

  10. Martha says:

    At this present time are all Condo Property Manager required to pass the competancy test? Including the The above act that was mentions. I have looked up our party and he/she has “certified residental real estate appraiser and real estate broker. They are not listed for condo property manager.

    Before I approch this party I want to make sure a) I am not missing something. B) Do I have a way of knowing if this party held any type of registration before 2012?
    Thanks

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