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  • 25 Mar 2019 10:34 AM
    Message # 7243171
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 1 there will be hearings on two bills regarding real estate disclosures in the sale of undeveloped land.  These two bills would either amend (L.D. 848) or repeal (L.D. 1151) a law that went through last session requiring disclosure if the land is accessed by means of a road that is not maintained by the public.  A similar law was passed the previous session regarding sale of residential property, and the intent of last year's legislation was to extend that requirement to undeveloped property.  Our road association has found both laws very helpful in that when properties have been sold since the passage of those two bills, the road association has been made aware of the sale, and the buyer has been made aware of the fact that they will be required to pay dues to a road association.  It looks like the requirement for undeveloped property needs the language adjusted, but we don't want to see it repealed.  The public hearing on these two bills is scheduled for April 1 at 9:00 a.m. before the State and Local Government Committee, room 214 of the Cross Building (behind the State House.)  For more information, you can contact Roberta Manter of Maine ROADWays at roadways@juno.com.

  • 26 Mar 2019 2:07 AM
    Reply # 7245336 on 7243171
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have written in more detail on these two bills on the Maine ROADWays facebook page.  It's a public page, so you can view it even if you don't have a facebook account.  Just do a Google search for Maine ROADWays and it should give you one link that will take you to the facebook page.

  • 27 Mar 2019 11:06 AM
    Reply # 7247508 on 7243171
    Anonymous

    Thank you for this information. From my own perspective, this has been one of the best laws passed for road associations because it finally informs new owners their responsibilities for the care of private roads, informs realtors, title companies and settles any past accounts through out Maine while helping welcome the new owners.  

  • 27 Mar 2019 11:08 AM
    Reply # 7247511 on 7247508
    Anonymous
    Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you for this information. From my own perspective, this has been one of the best laws passed for road associations because it finally informs new owners their responsibilities for the care of private roads, informs realtors, title companies and settles any past accounts through out Maine while helping welcome the new owners.  


  • 28 Mar 2019 1:55 AM
    Reply # 7248875 on 7243171
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Anonymous member - That's super!  Would you be willing to write to the State and Local Government Committee and tell them that, or come and testify on Monday?  It would be a huge help.

    If you cannot be there for the hearing, you can submit written testimony by emailing it, preferably in PDF, to the committee clerk at  SLG@legislature.maine.gov  and ask him to forward it to the Committee Members for the hearing on L.D. 848 and 1151 on April 1.

    Thank you!

  • 06 Apr 2019 6:09 PM
    Reply # 7263610 on 7243171
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE - The legislative Work Session on L.D. 848 and 1151 is this Monday, Apr 8, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in room 214 of the Cross building (behind the State House).  Usually the public doesn't get to have much input at work sessions, but sometimes you can snag one or more of the legislators as they come in or out of the room, or you can just sit there and give them a thumbs up or thumbs down on their comments.  You can also still put in your written testimony if you email it to the Committee Clerk at  SLG@legislature.maine.gov before the Work Session.  Depending on whether they decide what to do with the bill right then and there, or want more time to think about it, they may or may not get to read your testimony before they decide.

    There is another bill that may be of interest for any of you whose roads were once town or county roads that were abandoned under 23 MRSA 3028. (This does NOT apply to private roads that were established in subdivisions, or that never were accepted as town ways.) That bill is L.D. 1415, which would repeal abandonment at the end of this year.  After that, towns would only be able to relieve themselves of responsibility for maintaining a road by going through the formal process of discontinuance set forth in 23 MRSA 3026-A.

    You can read the full text of any of these bills by going here http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp 

    and typing the L.D. number into the search box.  You can read the existing laws here  http://legislature.maine.gov/statutes/search.htm by typing in the title and section numbers.  Or for more information you can email me at roadways@juno.com .

  • 14 Apr 2019 9:38 AM
    Reply # 7281545 on 7243171
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UPDATE - Good news!  L.D. 848 (the bill that would make the real estate disclosure on access to non-residential property the same as the disclosure for residential property) got voted unanimously "Ought To Pass."  L.D. 1151, which would have repealed the disclosure on non-residential property, looks like it's going to be voted "Ought Not to Pass."  Last I heard there was one holdout, but it may be that he changed his vote after 848 was voted to pass.

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