Group and Committee News: Hospitality, Timesharing and Common Interest Development Group
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October 2013

Group and Committee News

Hospitality, Timesharing & Common Interest Developments Group

The Hospitality, Timesharing and Common Interests Development Group consists of three Committees: the Common Interest Ownership Development Committee, the Hotels, Resorts, and Tourism Committee, and the Timesharing and Interval Uses Committee. The Group actively develops substantive programs for the Section, and provides free quarterly hot topic conference calls on the latest issues impacting attorneys who practice in the respective Committee areas. The Group Chair is Dan Orvin, of Womble Carlyle, and the Group Vice Chair is Joey Lubinski, of Ballard Spahr. The Group presented a program at the 2013 Spring Symposia in Washington, DC entitled “How to ‘Act’ Appropriately and Stay on the Track: The Impact of Accessibility Design Requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act” focusing on how these Acts impact hotels, condominiums and fractionals/timeshares. Join this Group in this link.

Common Interest Ownership Development Committee
The Common Interest Ownership Development Committee, led by Chair Steve Mezer of Bush Ross and Mark DeCandia of Ballard Spahr, has been and continues to be involved with various issues involving the financing of common interest ownership projects. The Committee continues to monitor and report on recent proposed changes in the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and the FHFA guidelines for private transfer fee covenants.

Hotels, Resorts, and Tourism Committee
The Hotels, Resorts, and Tourism Committee, led by Chair Nancy Haggerty of Michael Best & Friedrich, and by Vice Chair Bob Lannan of Lannan Legal, presented an eCLE program in July of 2012, on changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act and enforcement relating to hotels, and worked with the Group to develop a CLE program for the 2012 Spring Symposia in New York relating to the use of receivers for hotel workouts. More and more creditors are using this mechanism to sell hotels as an ongoing business, and without the delay inherent in a bankruptcy or foreclosure filing. Bob brings a unique perspective to the Committee as a former in-house attorney for two large hotel chains. The Committee participated in the Group program for the 2013 Spring Symposia in Washington, DC and is also working on quarterly Group calls on hot topics, and a proposal for a presentation in the 2014 Spring Symposia in Chicago.

Timesharing and Interval Uses Committee
The Timesharing and Interval Uses Committee, led by Chair Dan Bachrach of Foley and Lardner, and Vice Chair Amy Bellman of Baker Hostetler, continues to monitor both state and international timeshare regulation developments, as well as emerging trends in the offering of timeshare and fractional products. This includes tracking the emergence and development of travel clubs, the re-emergence of "true" timeshares in the marketplace, and the continued efforts by some developers to use timeshares as a strategy for disposing of unsold distressed condominium assets.

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