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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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Ashburn (VA) community chooses goats over lawn mowers

The Belmont Community Association in Ashburn has contracted a herd of goats from Eco-Goat, an Annapolis-based company, to spend the week removing invasive plants from one of its “tree save” areas.  David Mowbray, a grounds committee member of the Belmont

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Neighbors says homeowners association not fixing community’s problems (VA)

Briarwood Hearth homeowners said for months they have been frustrated over numerous problems plaguing their Chesterfield County community.  These problems include rundown tennis courts, speed bumps with chunks of concrete missing and dead trees hovering above homes.    Read the

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Liberty University sues Ivy Lake property owners over dam repairs (VA)

After ongoing discussions between Liberty University and Ivy Lake property owners in Forest broke down, the two parties are headed to court.  Read the article………..

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Disabled Man Says Condo Board Discriminated (VA)

A Virginia man whose neurological condition has rendered him progressively more disabled man claims in court his condo association unlawfully refused to renew his lease.    Read the article………..

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Golf carts on Walton Lake spur an uproar (VA)

A dispute over golf carts has divided residents of one Midlothian neighborhood and created lingering animosity toward the former president of its homeowners association.     Read the article…………

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Norfolk (VA) woman finally free of Chinese drywall filled home, seven years later

But when she walked out the front door of her Norfolk home seven years ago, never to return, she didn’t expect to walk into a seven-year legal fight with her neighbors.  The Harbor Walk Condo Association sought a growing pile

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Struggling riverfront golf club weighed for development, conservation (VA)

Esther Lee, president of the River’s Bend HOA, said many residents are, unsurprisingly, not happy about the state of the golf course.  “We’re supposed to be a golf course community and we’re concerned of what the course has done to

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Idlewild HOA wants Fredericksburg (VA) to build pocket park in subdivision

Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Police Chief David Nye and Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Director Jane Shelhorse have been invited to discuss a number of issues, including the possibility of building a pocket park on one of the vacant city-owned

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Newport News (VA) family says HOA won’t help with serious plumbing issues in Courthouse Green

William Barnes says he moved into a home in Courthouse Green with his wife and two young kids less than three years ago. Since then, he says his toilet overflowed sewage three times, including once on Saturday.   Read the article…………..

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Leesburg (VA) Public Works Dept. to Offer HOA Forum

The Leesburg Department of Public Works and Capital Projects will hold a Public Works Open House for representatives from residential community management companies and officers of HOAs.  Read the article………….

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Virginia Beach woman’s water turned off 10 months for late homeowner association fees

61 year-old Dianne Billings is disabled and said she has been living without water for 10 months. Billings took NewsChannel 3 through her house and explained how she uses the toilet, showers by dumping water over her head and does laundry

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Shadowood Manager Responds to Residents’ Complaints (VA)

The property manager of Shadowood Condominiums has prepared an item-by-item response to concerned condo owners, who have been passing around a list of 30 issues as the board election at Reston’s largest condo neighborhood approaches.    Read the article…………

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Concerned Shadowood Owners Want New Board Control (VA)

Shadowood has had a history of issues over the last several years, including a case in 2012 about the limits of the board to impose fines and rules on owners. That case went all the way to the Virginia Supreme

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Firefighters at scene of fire at condo building in Ocean View area of Norfolk

Firefighters are at the scene of a fire at a three-story condo building in the Ocean View area of Norfolk.  According to Battalion Chief Julian Williamson, there are three condo units involved.  There are no reports of any injuries.   Read

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(VA) HB 1034 Personal property tax; transmittal of certain information to the commissioner of the revenue

Personal property tax; transmittal of certain information to the commissioner of the revenue. Requires certain entities (e.g., homeowner’s associations and apartment complexes), if requested, to send to the commissioner of the revenue of the county or city in which the

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Cat dies and residents displaced after Va. Beach fire

Residents were displaced and a family’s cat lost its life in a condo fire Thursday night.  Around 10 p.m. the Virginia Beach Fire Department responded to a fire at a two-story, two-unit condo in the 200 block of Sykes Ave.

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Hayes (VA) homeowners seek county rule waiver

The Gloucester County Planning Commission has received a request from a homeowners’ association at Hayes to waive the requirements for a sidewalk and streetlights there. The matter will be considered tonight at 7:30 in the colonial courthouse.   Read the article………..

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State (VA) office rules Kingsmill association must provide homeowners with access to records

The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupation Regulation has ruled Kingsmill Community Services Association must provide Kingsmill homeowners access to association documents requested in May by John Niland, a board director of Kings-Mill United.   Read the article…………

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(VA) State Supreme Court moves Kingsmill decision back to lower court

An election for board members for the Kingsmill Community Service Organization remains in limbo after the Virginia Supreme Court agreed Thursday to move the case back to a lower court for a decision.    Read the article………….

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City officials say charred condos will be demolished soon (VA)

Eight months after a large fire at a condominium complex, the City of Virginia beach says the charred remains will finally come down.  Back in April, fire investigators say a short in an underground power line caused the two alarm

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Lake of the Woods Association named ‘Community Association of the Year’ during ceremony

Lake of the Woods Association was selected as “Community Association of the Year” in its membership category at the Central Virginia Chapter of Community Association Institute. The award was presented at a luncheon ceremony in Richmond   Read the article………..

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Residents evacuated after fire at Virginia Beach (VA) condo

Residents had to evacuate their apartments after a fire sparked at the Harbour Gate Condominium building near the Lesner Bridge.    Read the article………

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Condo owner distraught over deteriorating conditions: ‘It’s just nasty and dirty’ (VA)

Rusted railings, chipped paint and exterior mold and mildew have condo owners asking the CBS 6 Problem Solvers to take action.  “It’s just nasty and dirty,” Richard Hykes said, who has lived at the Stonewall Manor Condominiums in Henrico for

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Concord homeowners struggle to get roads paved (VA)

The Holiday Forest subdivision in Concord has been fighting a 40-year battle to get all of the neighborhood’s roads paved.  Brian Goldman, president of the Holiday Forest property owners’ association, appeared before the Campbell County Board of Supervisors on Oct.

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Sinkhole Repairs Top $150K, Town Offers Aid To HOA (VA)

The Town of Leesburg is fronting the money needed to repair the sinkhole that developed Aug. 16 in the Exeter neighborhood, but will be paid back by the homeowners association.  The Town Council unanimously approved that deal Tuesday night. Town

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Reston Virginia founder Robert E. Simon, Jr. dead at 101

obert E. Simon, Jr. died at his Lake Anne Village home in Reston, Virginia Monday, September 21, 2015 at the age of 101. Aside from his exceptional longevity, Simon’s death may not have much been noted aside from Fairfax County

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Exeter HOA Wants Town To Take Over Pond Maintenance (VA)

The Exeter Homeowners Association wants the Leesburg town government to take over responsibility for a stormwater management pond in its subdivision, but council members aren’t convinced they have legal authority to do so.     Read the article……….

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Condo association files 2nd suit against woman forced to move due to Chinese drywall (VA)

Michelle Germano’s fate lies in the hands of the people who have sued her for money before.  On Wednesday, the 65-year-old woman will face the Harbor Walk Condominium Association at the courthouse once again – but this time, a judge

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How should condos regulate legal pot use?

Usually the questions directed to you are about legal problems such as smoking laws and homeowners associations, and the association usually wins.  But what will be the outcome on legal marijuana? Pot stinks just a badly as cigarettes. If it’s

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In Chesterfield, a decaying golf course troubles a neighborhood

Ronnie Kelley’s golf course is crumbling around him.  The electricity has been shut off at River’s Bend Golf Club in Chester for weeks. As a result, Kelley, the owner, has been unable to pump water through the course’s irrigation system,

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3 families join lawsuit against Virginia Beach (VA) condo association

Three families are joining a lawsuit against a condo association in charge of the Belmeade at Ridgely Manor in Virginia Beach.  The families claim there was selective enforcement of the association’s rules against only families with children. Attorneys for the

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