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Dream home in Botetourt County turns into a headache for one homeowner

Chelsea Edwards and her husband fell in love with Botetourt County, home to several subdivisions, and thought they had settled on the perfect property in Hunter’s Green.  “The sign had rocks it began falling apart, we began to discuss what

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Leesburg Council Rejects Exeter Dam Settlement Offer (VA)

The Town Council has rejected another settlement offer from one of its largest HOAs.  The Exeter Homeowner’s Association filed a lawsuit against the town last year to establish ownership of a stormwater management dam on the HOA’s property. What neither

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Governor vetoes a bill that generated controversy in Spotsylvania County (VA)

Spotsylvania Parkway’s picturesque—and pricey—landscaping is here to stay.  After an outcry from some homeowners, Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently vetoed a bill that could have turned the parkway’s landscaping over to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The 2-mile stretch of Spotsylvania

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Collapsed Va. condo owners remain homeless, with few options (VA)

Last October, residents in 32 units of the eight-story condominium were displaced after one wing of the building dropped and shifted several inches due to years of water damage.  Almost six months later, Crowley and other residents in the front

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The unwelcome surprise of a condo special assessment and why the fee is needed

We often welcome things that are special – birthdays, gifts, events. But condominium special assessments? Not so much.  While monthly condo fees are an ordinary part of condo ownership, special assessments represent an unanticipated expense that is levied on all

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Two people taken to hospital due to carbon monoxide issues at condo complex (VA)

Roanoke Fire crews are on the scene of a carbon monoxide problem at a condo complex in Roanoke.  A Roanoke Fire-EMS spokesperson said two workers were taken to the hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning at Southview Condominiums on Peters Creek

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Security Guard Charged in Death of Grandfather Denied Bond (VA)

A Virginia judge denied bond Monday for a security guard accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man who was said to be playing Pokemon Go.   Johnathan Cromwell, 21, appeared at the Monday morning hearing at General District Court in Virginia.

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Assistance animals and fair housing: Legislation seeks clarity (VA)

Assistance animals in rental properties and condo units frequently arise as the topic of conversation within common interest communities. In condo associations, the declarations will often contain restrictions on the kinds of animals that unit owners and/or tenants may have

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Conflict of Interest Concerns a Major Topic at RA Board Meeting

A complaint from a community member asking for a director to be removed from the Reston Association board was the source of lengthy debate during the board’s Thursday meeting.  Ed Abbott filed a Common Interest Community Board Complaint against At-Large

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Chesapeake HOA fires security company after guard charged in death of Pokemon Go player (VA)

We have new details in the shooting death of Jiansheng Chen, a 60-year-old Pokemon Go player who was allegedly shot by a security guard in his own Chesapeake neighborhood.  News 3 is the first to learn the homeowner’s association in

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Was security guard in “Pokemon Go” killing allowed to be armed? One side says yes, the other says no (VA)

Despite the many details that have emerged since 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen was shot and killed by a security guard last month, one remains unclear.  Was the guard allowed to carry a gun that night, or not?   Representatives for the

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Security guard accused of murdering 60-year-old grandpa playing Pokémon Go (VA)

A security guard is accused of shooting and killing a 60-year-old Virginia grandfather who was wandering around playing Pokémon Go.  Jiansheng Chen was driving around at 11 p.m. one night in January when he headed toward the parking lot for

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Dog waste dilemma unfolds in Northern Va. town

A Northern Virginia community has found itself in a messy situation and it all has to do with the removal of several dog waste cans.  The Newgate Homeowners Association Board of Directors removed dog waste cans from their Centreville subdivision

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Lansdowne HOA Votes to Remove Memorial for Baby Tristan (VA)

Some Lansdowne area residents were surprised this morning to discover the memorial for the 5-month-old baby boy who was hit and killed in the intersection in August had been taken down.  The Lansdowne on the Potomac homeowners association voted Monday

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Two condos damaged in Virginia Beach fire (VA)

A fire caused significant damage to a condominium Thursday in Virginia Beach.  Fire units were called to the 2400 block of Marsh Creek around 11 a.m. after receiving reports of an active fire. Crews arrived and had the flames extinguished

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Leesburg Faced with Dam Lawsuit (VA)

The Town of Leesburg may be headed to court if no resolution can be found between the municipality and one of its largest homeowner’s associations.  The Exeter Homeowner’s Association filed a lawsuit last year seeking to get the town to

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Stafford votes to save Lake Arrowhead dams (VA)

A new funding mechanism is in place to save two lakeside dams.  The Stafford County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 for the Lake Arrowhead Service District. The body will be in charge of overseeing a county-issued loan of at least

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Save the Lake Arrowhead dams issue goes before Stafford Board (VA)

Two dams in Stafford County’s Lake Arrowhead neighborhood neglected since 2003 are failing, and Big and Little Arrowhead lakes could be drained leaving a muddy pit if residents choose to do nothing.  Lake Arrowhead residents at a public meeting last

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Chesapeake man killed by security guard was playing Pokemon Go, says family’s lawyer

The 60-year-old man who was shot and killed by a security guard in the River Walk neighborhood last week was playing Pokemon Go at the time, according to his family’s lawyer.  Jiansheng Chen was a regular player of the game,

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Security guard shoots, kills man in Chesapeake’s River Walk neighborhood, police say (VA)

A 60-year-old man died after he was shot last night half a mile away from his home in the River Walk neighborhood, according to police.  Officers found Jiansheng Chen, 60, with gunshot wounds just after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to

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Your condo probably has a rule against renting your unit out on Airbnb

Inauguration weekend is almost here, and it is estimated that more than a million visitors will be coming to Washington — some to applaud and some to protest the new president.  Where will all these people stay? Some will be

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Families’ access road still washed out from September flooding (VA)

The headaches of the heavy rains and massive flooding over the summer are long gone for most people.  But some Bedford County families are still living with a headache to this day: a road washed out, and it still hasn’t

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Whatever happened to … Westminster-Canterbury’s Virginia Beach condo-buying court battle

The “hostile takeover” described in the lawsuit didn’t involve Wall Street or a feuding country, but rather the towering retirement home next door.  In the shadow of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay are 30 condos with uninterrupted bay views. Over the

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Pool management company serving Loudoun communities hit with child labor violations (VA)

A Northern Virginia pool management company that provides everything from lifeguard services to repairs at as many as 25 pools in Loudoun and about 45 in the region has been cited by the state’s Department of Labor and Industry for

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Displaced residents balk at collapsed condo settlement offer (VA)

Residents of a partially collapsed condominium in Fairfax County can avoid condo fees on units they can’t live in — if they promise never to sue the owners’ association.  Residents of River Towers Condominium, in the county’s Alexandria section, still

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Residents of collapsed Fairfax Co. condo face months of repairs (VA)

Residents in 32 units of an eight-story condominium building in the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County will likely remain out of their homes for several months after one wing of the building dropped and shifted several inches due to years

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Condo Conversations: Exploring the owner’s right to rent out a condo unit (VA)

After last month’s Condo Conversations, we received a reader question that provides the topic of our discussion this month. The issue is about the complex nature of renting a condo unit and clarifies a bit about the decision-making within the

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Fire displaces six people in Chesapeake (VA)

Six people were displaced by a fire early this morning that damaged two condominiums in Western Branch.  The fire was reported at 2:05 a.m. from the 2400 block of Leytonstone Drive. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke at the two-story

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Displaced residents provided with no date for return, due to structural issues (VA)

At a meeting on Wednesday night, leaders with the River Towers Condominiums could not provide residents with a timeline for when they return to their condos.     Read the article…………..

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Water damage led to partial collapse of Fairfax Co. condo building (VA)

A nine-story condominium building in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, Virginia, will need extensive work after water-deteriorated columns gave way, dropping the building 2 to 3 inches.  Late Monday morning, county building inspectors gathered in front of the damaged

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Alexandria condo building evacuated, officials fear collapse (VA)

One of the River Towers condo buildings in Alexandria was evacuated after reports of structural damage.  It happened in one of the three towers on Wakefield Drive around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Officials said some residents called complaining about cracks

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Condo Conversations: This is the place to learn all about communal homeownership

“Condominium” is derived from the Latin word “dominium” (“domain, property, ownership”) combined with the prefix con- (“together”). Its meaning is therefore “shared property.” Technically, a condominium is a collection of individual home units and common areas along with the land

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Williamsburg homeowners, legislators wage fight against group home (VA)

A two-story colonial home at the end of a sleepy cul-de-sac in a Williamsburg neighborhood currently sits idle. Its unkempt front lawn and untrimmed shrubs contrast tidy, well-maintained yards of adjacent properties.  Currently unoccupied, the home at 101 Woodmere Drive

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Just named a director on your new condo board? Better get busy

I have just been elected president of our new condominium. Our new board of directors has just taken over from the developer, but frankly we are at a loss as to where and how to go. Any suggestions?     Read

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Why you should look carefully at an HOA’s plans for that community before buying a home there

Q: My wife and I made an offer on a property in a self-managed Virginia community of single-family homes. Our offer hinged, in part, on the sales agent’s assurance that maintenance of the community’s private roads was totally covered by

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Alexandria Residents Concerned About Condo Security After Lifeguard Raped at Pool (VA)

A woman working as a lifeguard at the pool told police a man raped her at gunpoint on Saturday afternoon.  Some residents told News4 Monday that they are already changing their routines after learning about the attack.       Read

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Tiber contractor gains an edge in condo bankruptcy case (VA)

The original contractor of a long-delayed West End condo development may soon gain control of the project he claims he was fired from last year.  The trustee overseeing the bankruptcy case of The Tiber, a 15-unit condo building sitting in

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In a crisis, condo board needs its own attorney

My sister and her husband own a condo in a development where a deck recently collapsed. The resident on the deck suffered a broken back. Now there is conflicting information about what repairs need to be made to all the

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Warrenton HOA removes controversial flagpole (VA)

Ending a six-month dispute, the Warrenton condominium owners’ association last Thursday removed a white, 18-foot tall flagpole from a Villas at the Ridges common area.  Nancy Moore, who lives at 256 Onyx Way, installed the flagpole last September.    Read

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How to handle your downstairs condo neighbor who complains about your noisy footsteps

Our covenants, conditions and restrictions for our association state that all units above the first floor must be carpeted, with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom areas. It then goes on to say that large rugs that cover the

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Fairfax Co. (VA) allowing ‘No Lifeguard On Duty’ at many pools

For the first time in decades, Fairfax County will allow hotels, condominium complexes and a gym to get rid of their lifeguards. But critics worried the trend will continue and lead to a higher rate of drownings.    Read the

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Condo rules bar flagpole from common area (VA)

Nancy Moore last September installed an 18-foot tall, white pole with the American flag in the common area adjacent to her home in the Villas at The Ridges. The 119-unit condominium community stands along Warrenton’s Walker Drive and Academy Hill

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Campbell County (VA) homeowners seek help from supervisors to get road paved

Everyone in the neighborhood, including those who live on a hard surface, is paying to maintain the private gravel roads through a homeowners association.  “When the property owner’s association dissolves in a few years, we won’t have a way to

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Troubled golf course calls it quits (VA)

Conditions had deteriorated further in recent weeks, according to Esther Lee, president of the River’s Bend Homeowners Association. She said the course had fallen out of compliance with the county’s vegetation ordinance after grass and weeds in some spots had

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At least 6 displaced after lightning sparks fire at Va. Beach condos

Investigators say a lightning strike sparked a fire at a condominium complex in Virginia Beach Friday night, displacing at least six people in four separate units.    Read the article…………..

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Virginia Residents Sue County Over Plan to Move Homeless Shelter to Their Neighborhood

“We hope the county will realize they need to slow down, they need to find a permanent answer for this shelter,” Stonegate Homeowners Association President Debbie Fraser said.  Fraser filed suit against the county in circuit court Tuesday. “We have a

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Laws change while Virginia sleeps

In January 2016, two bills were introduced into the General Assembly, SB-416 and HB-812, one in the Senate, the other in the House, with one purpose: to open the Commonwealth of Virginia to the expansion of Airbnb and other short-term

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Claws come out over cattails in Oak Hill neighborhood (VA)

Whenever there’s a storm, the field behind John Gray’s house floods. It’s a disconcerting sight, even though an elevated deck and a barrier of trees, brush and waist-high grass separate the Oak Hill resident’s home from the field.     Read

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City lawyer: Condemnation of Water Street (condo) Garage has begun (VA)

How many lawyers does it take to schedule a hearing? Well, if it has anything to do with the highly contentious battle between the city and Mark Brown’s Charlottesville Parking Center, that would be five attorneys in Charlottesville Circuit Court

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Tips for a season of safe grilling

Barbecue season heats up in earnest this holiday weekend and keeping the grill clean is just one safety issue to consider.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends periodically removing grease or fat buildup from grills and trays below the grill.

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