Alabama REALTORS® Submits Amicus Brief in Case Before the Alabama Supreme Court
March 3, 2020
The Alabama Association of REALTORS® (AAR) filed an amicus brief in Brett/Robinson Gulf Corporation et al., v. Phoenix On The Bay II Owners Association (Brett/Robinson), a case being considered by the Alabama Supreme Court. The amicus brief deals with the primacy of condominium declarations over other condominium development documents.
Background and Lower Court – The lower court nullified a developer’s ownership of four commercial units in a condominium which were established by the condominium’s developer to be retained by the developer. The ownership of the four units (used for check-in operations, maintenance, etc.) was stated explicitly in an important legal document called a condominium “declaration,” which is recorded in the county probate court and creates the condominium itself.
Concerns - The lower court’s decision is very dangerous, not just for condominium developers, but also for members of the industry who develop common-interest communities (i.e., subdivisions) and the real estate brokers who assist in transactions for such real estate developments. Under the trial court’s rationale, declarations are no longer the most important document for a court or any interested party to resolve issues about condominium or common-interest community governance. Thus, established property interests in declarations would no longer protect the ownership interest.
AAR’s Request - The AAR brief asks the Alabama Supreme Court to overturn the lower court’s decision, in order to confirm the importance of declarations in Alabama law and protect private property rights.
Alabama REALTORS® continues to advocate on behalf of REALTORS®, the real estate industry and private property rights in all branches of state government.