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Neighborhood seeks shooting ban (VA)

Another Warren County subdivision could join the growing list of communities that ban most people from shooting firearms.  Residents of the Bowling View subdivision, also known as the Bowling Green South area, filed a request with the county asking that

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Town to HOA: work out own parking issues (VA)

Culpeper Town Council is taking a hands-off approach to ongoing parking woes in the Madison Grove housing development behind Lowe’s that is pitting neighbor against neighbor over large trailers and boats being left for months on the curb of a

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Dispute pitting neighbors against power company and Amazon in Prince William Co.

Penn, and the SCC say their preferred location would have been along a Norfolk-Southern Rail Line, known as the ‘rail route’.  “It was clear that the railroad route was the very best route that had the least amount of impact,

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Summer sizzles with new laws affecting condos, real estate (VA)

As sure as summer brings hot days, the season also delivers new laws passed by the General Assembly that became effective July 1. As in the past, some of the latest new or altered laws affect condominiums and real estate

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Tiber saga continues with wave of new lawsuits (VA)

Two months after opening its first finished unit, the legal wrangling surrounding a long-troubled West End condo project is continuing with a fresh round of lawsuits.  Three of the four original partners on The Tiber, a high-end development at Libbie

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HOA wants crackdown on large boats, trailers parked on public roads (VA)

Neighbors in the Madison Grove housing development want Culpeper Town Council to enact stricter rules regarding the parking of boats and trailers on public streets.  “It’s become a nuisance and an eyesore,” homeowners association president Rick Fields told the Public

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4 Albemarle dams get grants to improve risk levels (VA)

Four dam owners in Albemarle County have received a total of about $107,000 in state grants to help reduce the risk of dam failures.  About $1.15 million in grants from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund,

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Debating Future of Airbnb in Fairfax County Supervisors are considering updating its zoning ordinance to allow short-term rentals (VA)

Right now, there are more than 300 rentals available in Fairfax County through Airbnb — all illegal.  Airbnb, which is a lodging reservation website, is just one company that gives its users the ability to list spare rooms, apartments or

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Pool in Green Run closed after people shocked, taken to hospital

The Green Run Homes Association closed the Clubhouse Pool after people said they were shocked in the water at a party on Saturday.  The association told residents through an online portal that people cleared out of the pool immediately and

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Canada geese removed from Virginia Beach neighborhood (VA)

Water areas in Kings Grant are usually filled with federally protected Canada geese, but now they are empty and some neighbors are upset about it.  The geese can be seen grazing in yards, walking across the street and up on

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Complaints Dropped Against Resigned Reston Association Director (VA)

Ed Abbott of Reston Recall has withdrawn his complaints against former Reston Association At-Large Director Eve Thompson, who vacated her seat on Tuesday, June 6.  Reston Recall was dedicated to replacing members of the RA Board who voted in favor

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Virginia Mother Who Lost Toddler Pushes for Changes to Prevent Drownings (VA)

A mother in Loudoun County, Virginia, wants to spare other families from the pain she went through after her toddler son drowned.  During an April storm, Sarita Kothapally rushed outside to pick up trash cans that had blown over. Unbeknownst

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Flood insurance: Condos and the rising tide (VA)

Perhaps you’ve noticed homes in Norfolk’s Larchmont neighborhood jacked up several feet to escape flooding, or you’ve seen chilling news photos of single-family houses or townhouses surrounded by floodwater.  Sights like these may give the impression that single-family homes, whether

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Brandermill residents upset over pool closures, lack of communication (VA)

Some residents in Brandermill are upset because they say while the prices for their pool memberships go up, the quality of service has gone down.  The sight of an empty pool being worked on has left some residents in Brandermill

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Henrico homeowner concerned HOA isn’t handling aging gas lines (VA)

A Henrico homeowner is concerned that her homeowner’s association isn’t dealing with aging gas lines.  For 32 years, Maggie Hagen has called the Deerwood Condominiums her home.  “It has been fun, a great neighborhood to live in,” Hagen said.  But

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Thank your board members – VA: Reston Association marks National Volunteer Week with community service awards

As with just about any other community-based organization, the work done by the Reston Association would not be possible without volunteers, so the homeowners’ association recognized some of their top contributors with an awards ceremony on Apr. 27.  Volunteers congregated

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17 displaced by Virginia Beach condo fire (VA)

Seventeen people were displaced by a condo fire at the Oceanfront on Thursday.  The fire was reported around 11:20 a.m. at 11th Street and Lake Drive, at the Summer’s Point Condominium, which is just off Pacific Avenue. Firefighters remain on

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Millennial Brandermill residents urge others to research HOA before buying in (VA)

No matter your age, everyone knows everyone within the Brandermill Community in Midlothian.  “We have great neighbors,” Justin Riegler said.  Named the best planned community in America back in 1977 by Better Homes and Gardens and the National Association of

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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 will likely remain out of their homes for several months after one wing of the building dropped and shifted several inches due to years of water damage

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

The factors that limit the percentage of rented units out of total units in a condominium are complex.

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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.

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

Extensive repair will be needed in a nine-story apartment building that was evacuated after the structure fell and shifted several inches.

Structural inspections continue on Monday after a nine-story condominium building partially collapsed. One of the wings of River Towers was deemed unsafe and residents were not able to spend the night there

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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

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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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