State launched electronic database to clear confusion, post docs for Ala. homeowners’ associations

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Designed to provided transparency for homeowners’ associations across the state, the Alabama Office of the Secretary of State announced the activation of a new electronic database Monday.

The database is a direct result of 2015’s Alabama Homeowners’ Association Act, which Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law requiring the Secretary of State to implement and maintain an electronic database with which homeowner’s associations must file certain association documents. Organized by association name, the database is accessible by the public through the Secretary of State’s website and provides the capability to search and retrieve association filings.

“This new electronic database will allow Alabama citizens to access certain documents related to Homeowners’ Associations,” said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill. “By providing a searchable database the public will have the capability to retrieve documents relating to association filings. I want to commend Representative McCutcheon for his leadership in the passage of this bill.”

According to the Association of County Commissions of Alabama website, the Alabama Homeowners’ Association Act “was conceived after numerous complaints from new homeowners, who had no knowledge that their homeownership bound them to all the covenants and fees imposed by the homeowner’s association.”

The link to access the database can be found here.

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