§ 5-6B-07. Designated households, lease extension
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MD Code, Corporations and Associations, § 5-6B-07
§ 5-6B-07. Designated households, lease extension
(2) “Annual income” means the total income, from all sources, of a designated household, for the income tax year immediately preceding the year in which the notice is given under § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle, whether or not included in the definition of gross income for federal or State tax purposes. For purposes of this section, the inclusions and exclusions from annual income are the same as those listed in § 9-104(a)(8) of the Tax-Property Article for “gross income” as that term is defined for the property tax credits for homeowners by reason of income and age, reduced by unreimbursed medical expenses if the tenant provides reasonable evidence of the unreimbursed medical expenses or consents in writing to authorize disclosure of relevant information regarding medical expense reimbursement at the time of applying for an extended lease.
(3) “Designated household” means a household which includes a senior citizen or a handicapped citizen, provided that the senior citizen or the handicapped citizen has been a member of the household for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding the giving of the notice required by § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle.
(b) A developer may not sell a cooperative interest with respect to a unit in a residential rental facility occupied by a member of a designated household entitled to receive the notice required by § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle without offering to the tenant of the unit a lease extension for a period of at least 3 years from the giving of the notice required by § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle, if the household meets the following criteria:
(ii) Setting forth the household's annual income for the calendar year preceding the giving of the notice required by § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle, together with reasonable supporting documentation of the household income and, where applicable, of unreimbursed medical expenses or a written authorization for disclosure of relevant information regarding medical expense reimbursement by doctors, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, or similar persons, entities, or organizations that provide medical treatment coverage to the household; and
(c) The developer shall deliver to each tenant entitled to receive the notice required by § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle, simultaneously with the notice:
(d) Within 75 days after giving the notice required by § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle, the developer shall notify each household which submits to the developer the documentation required by subsection (b)(3) of this section:
(e) Within 75 days after the giving of the notice required by § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle, the developer shall provide to any county, incorporated municipality, or housing agency that has a right to purchase units in the residential rental facility under § 5-6B-09 of this subtitle:
(f)(1) The extended lease shall provide for a term commencing on acceptance and terminating not less than 3 years from the giving of the notice required by § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle.
(2) Annually, on the commencement date of the extended lease, the rental fee for the unit may be increased. The increase shall not exceed an amount determined by multiplying the annual rent for the preceding year by the percentage increase for the rent component of the U.S. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI - W)(1967 = 100), as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, for the most recent 12-month period.
(g) A designated household which exercises its rights under this section may not be denied an opportunity to purchase a cooperative interest at a later date, if one is available.
(h)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a designated household which executes an extended lease under this section which is later accepted may not terminate its extended lease under § 5-6B-05 of this subtitle.
(i)(1) The cooperative interests with respect to units subject to the provisions of this section may be transferred to a person who is not a member of the designated household, provided that:
(2) Notwithstanding any provisions in the articles of incorporation, bylaws, or proprietary lease that limit, prohibit, or restrict occupancy by persons other than the owner of the cooperative interest with respect to the unit, the designated household may occupy the unit under the extended lease provided for in this section.
(j) The extended tenancy provided for in this section shall cease upon the occurrence of one of the following:
(k)(1) A developer shall set aside a percentage of the total number of units within a cooperative project for designated households. A developer is not required to grant extended leases covering more than 20 percent of the units within a cooperative project to designated households.
(2) If the number of units occupied by designated households that meet the criteria of subsection (b) of this section exceeds 20 percent of the total number of units, then the number of available units for tenancy under the provisions of this section shall be allocated as determined by the local governing body. If the local governing body fails to provide for allocation, units shall be allocated by the developer based on seniority by continuous length of residence.
(l)(1) If a conversion involves substantial rehabilitation or reconstruction of such a nature that the work involved does not permit the continued occupancy of a unit because of danger to the health and safety of the tenants, any designated household executing an extended lease under the provisions of this section shall be required to vacate the unit not earlier than the expiration of the 180-day period and to relocate at the expense of the developer in a comparable unit in the residential rental facility to permit the work to be performed.
(2) If there is no comparable unit available, then the designated household shall be required to vacate the residential rental facility. When the work is completed, the developer shall notify the household of its completion. The household shall have 30 days after the date of that notice to return to the original or a comparable rental unit. The term of the extended lease of that household shall begin upon the return to the rental unit.
(m)(1) The developer shall pay households that qualify as to income under subsection (b)(1) of this section $375 when the household vacates the unit and for moving expenses in excess of $375 up to $750 which are actually and reasonably incurred. The household shall make a written request for reimbursement accompanied by reasonable evidence of the costs incurred within 30 days after moving. The developer shall reimburse the household within 30 days following receipt of the request.
(2) If a household does not qualify as to income under subsection (b)(1) of this section, the developer shall reimburse moving expenses, up to $750, actually and reasonably incurred to the designated households eligible under this subsection. The designated household shall make a written request for reimbursement accompanied by reasonable evidence of the costs incurred within 30 days after moving. The developer shall reimburse the designated household within 30 days following receipt of the request.
(5) A developer shall also reimburse moving expenses, up to $750, actually and reasonably incurred, to a designated household that returns to the rental unit under subsection (l)(2) of this section. The designated household shall make a written request for reimbursement accompanied by reasonable evidence of the costs incurred within 30 days following the designated household's return. The developer shall reimburse the designated household within 30 days following receipt of the request.
(n)(1) The Secretary of State shall prepare an income eligibility figure for each county and standard metropolitan statistical area of the State, which shall reasonably approximate 80 percent of the median income for each county and standard metropolitan statistical area.
Added by Acts 1986, c. 833, 834. Amended by Acts 1989, c. 5, § 1.
MD Code, Corporations and Associations, § 5-6B-07, MD CORP & ASSNS § 5-6B-07
Current through legislation effective through May 8, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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