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/ Owner - July 3, 2012
  • Emails detail HOA’s ‘strategy within a strategy’ to resist Purcellville interchange (VA) February 1, 2024
    During the Jan. 23 meeting, Mayor Stanley Milan and council member Mary Jane Williams said there is new information about the negotiations between the Catoctin Meadows Homeowners Association, which owns the land and opposes the eastbound ramp, and Loudoun County, which plans to build the interchange. Read the article…………………………….
  • 2 injured, dog killed in 2-alarm fire at Newport News condominium (VA) December 23, 2023
    Three people are displaced, two are injured and a dog is dead following a fire at a condominium in Newport News Friday afternoon.  Read the article………………………………..
  • Herndon resident upset with HOA’s electric vehicle charging station restrictions (VA) November 3, 2023
    A Virginia who woman wants to buy an electric vehicle says her homeowners association won’t allow her to build a suitable charging station for the vehicle.  “I would like to have an EV,” Herndon resident Michaela Hamiary Janotova said. “I would like to be able to charge it here at home.”   Read the article………………………………
  • Loudoun HOAs Join Forces to Fight Invasive Species (VA) October 19, 2023
    Loudoun homeowner’s association presidents and board members showed up in force at the Board of Supervisors meeting last night in a coordinated effort garner funding for a program designed to help remove invasive insects and plants.  Read the article………………………………….
  • Fairfax County to help more HOAs install electric vehicle chargers, expanding pilot (VA) October 18, 2023
    Fairfax County is ramping up its efforts to help homeowners’ associations and other resident groups bring electric vehicle chargers to their communities.  The county’s Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination is now accepting applications for the second phase of its Charge Up Fairfax pilot program, which provides technical and financial assistance to organizations looking to add charging stations in common areas.    Read the article……………………………..
  • Resident’s lawsuit against expanding University Village thrown out (VA) October 7, 2023
    Seventeen months after suing to block the board of directors at University Village, an upscale retirement home west of Charlottesville, from beginning construction on a third phase, Phase II homeowner Daniel Lavering found himself hiring an appeals lawyer after a judge tossed his suit Monday.     Read the article……………………………….
  • Attempt to oust Lake Monticello HOA leader falls short (VA) September 13, 2023
    A recall attempt against a member of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association failed to collect enough support from community residents to oust him.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOAs can apply for funds to install EV charging stations (VA) September 11, 2023
    Fairfax County is launching a pilot program to help homeowner and condominium associations install electric vehicle charging stations.  HOAs that are accepted into the Charge Up Fairfax program will receive a site visit and assessment from an engineering firm, paid for by the county.    Read the article………………………..
  • How an Arlington Mill condo association plans to transform itself — on a budget (VA) August 31, 2023
    Residents of an aging condo complex near Columbia Pike are embarking on a novel project to upgrade their living situations while dodging staggering condo fees.  Members of the Arlington Heights Condominiums, located on 8th Road S. in the Arlington Mill neighborhood, plan to get the property redeveloped while ensuring every resident who wants to stay can.   Read the article………………………..
  • Virginia Beach neighborhoods unite to block possible housing development at former Signature golf course (VA) August 23, 2023
    Fourteen neighborhoods representing about 3,100 homes have rallied behind the Villages at West Neck’s campaign to persuade the Virginia Beach City Council to vote against an anticipated proposal to rezone that community’s dormant golf course and build new housing.  Read the article………………………..
  • Condo association: consider edibles rather than smoking weed (VA) August 12, 2023
    A condo association in Shirlington rolled out tips both smoking and non-smoking homes can implement to prevent the spread of stray smoke.  One suggestion, targeted to marijuana users, is blunt: consider switching to edibles.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘Dumpster drama’ causes issues for Chesterfield neighborhood residents (VA) August 11, 2023
    Residents in one Chesterfield neighborhood are concerned over their Homeowners’ Association’s (HOA) decision to replace their individual garbage cans with a dumpster right in front of their homes.  Read the article………………………..
  • Repeat scammer sentenced to prison after embezzling $80K from Orange County HOA (VA) August 8, 2023
    Like many neighborhoods in the early days of the pandemic, the Germanna Heights Phase I community in Orange County found itself with a dissolved homeowners association. What was once a seven-member board was reduced to a single caretaker: Machell Marie Sims  In 2020, Sims was placed in charge of the HOA’s financial reserves, amounting to $80,000. By the end of her tenure, there was just $280 left.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lake Monticello directors accuse AQUA Virginia of “operational negligence” (VA) August 3, 2023
    The directors of the Lake Monticello Owners Association have accused AQUA Virginia of “operational negligence” after two recent incidents in which raw sewage flowed into its lake.   Read the article………………………..
  • Woman who stole nearly $80k from Virginia neighborhood faces jailtime August 1, 2023
    On Monday, July 31, Machell Marie Sims was sentenced on three felony charges of embezzlement, which she had previously pled guilty to in April.  Sims took over the the Homeowners Association’s (HOA) finances for Germanna Heights Phase I, a neighborhood in Orange County, after the neighborhood’s 7-member board dissolved during the early parts of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lake Monticello plans a recall election after a member of the HOA board posted nasty remarks about Democrats and people from the LGBTQ community (VA) July 11, 2023
    She says the place has gone from red to purple, and many were shocked when a member of the homeowners’ association board started making nasty remarks online about Democrats and people observing pride month. HOA board member Gary Selleck read five posts, including the text that accompanied a picture of the rainbow flag.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lake Monticello HOA leader in hot water after posting homophobic messages online (VA) July 2, 2023
    After residents of the Fluvanna County gated community discovered that a member of the homeowner association’s board of directors had been posting bigoted messages in right-wing Facebook groups, there were calls for his resignation or dismissal, a petition with more than 400 signatures calling on him to step down and a unanimous vote to censure him.  Read the article………………………..
  • Woman with disabilities can’t get rid of raccoons in condo, management company silent (VA) June 28, 2023
    After three months of noises in her attic, a Reston renter has reached her wits end. Melissa Barrickman has been dealing with “uninvited house guests” since March 28, and despite calls to police and pleas to her condo management company, a mama raccoon and her kits remain in her apartment at Parc Reston.   Read the article………………………..
  • Appeal was not from final order (VA) June 22, 2023
    Where the general district court issued an order that the debt asserted in a warrant in debt was due, this was not a final order that could be appealed.   Read the article………………………..
  • Glenbrook Residents Demand Compensation for Lost Views (VA) June 3, 2023
    “The selling point for us—and what was specifically promoted by the developer—was the breathtaking view,” said Doris. “We felt lucky to have the first pick of the new lots.” But when Phase III of Glenbrook began construction a few months ago, the builders erected a solid wall of attached villas only 20 feet from their property line, completely blocking the Hardings’ view of anything at all.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA landscape maintenance provides unique set of challenges (VA) May 25, 2023
    Autumn Glen is a 52-acre community, composed of mostly senior citizens who prefer to have a lawncare contractor manage their lawn and snow removal requirements. The homeowners have also tasked President Joan Callahan and the HOA Board of Directors to maintain their reputation as a great looking community.   Read the article………………………..
  • A Portsmouth condo association is behind $700,000 on utility bills. The city is working on next steps (VA) May 2, 2023
    One condo association has racked up more than $700,000 in debt to the city by not paying its water and sewer bills over several years.  Portsmouth city staff are working to resolve the delinquency from the Charlestowne Condo Association without turning off services for residents.   Read the article………………………..
  • Serial scammer took over $60k from Virginia neighborhood, school division April 26, 2023
    “She was putting her personal account number in there, and people were paying her,” she said.  And once they began uncovering her lies, more were revealed. Around the same time Sims took over the HOA, she was charged with embezzlement in Prince William County.   Read the article………………………..
  • Loudoun County 82-year-old asked to pay to make community pool wheelchair accessible (VA) April 20, 2023
    An 82-year-old man in Loudoun County says he needs wheelchair access to his private community’s pool. His homeowner’s association says they’ll consider it, but he’ll have to foot the bill.   Read the article………………………..
  • Ford’s Colony neighborhood tackles Canada goose population issue (VA) April 14, 2023
    Ford’s Colony near Williamsburg is pursuing a third option. Like most communities built around golf courses, Ford’s Colony has hundreds of resident geese. Instead of repeating the endless cycle of ignoring and then culling the geese, the homeowners’ association teamed up with the country club to try to keep the goose population from growing beyond the social carrying capacity.   Read the article………………………..
  • Solar shingles help Virginia homeowner sidestep HOA aesthetic objections April 10, 2023
    If Jonathan Lockwood had to spring for a new roof, he was determined to find a versatile cover that could go beyond just keeping his 1981 townhome dry. He also wanted to slash his escalating electric bill.  Aware that greenlighting traditional rooftop solar panels would be a tough slog in his hyper-regulated planned community in Northern Virginia, he opted for a lower-profile product that integrates solar technology into nailable asphalt shingles.     Read the article………………………..
  • Woodstock condo residents still displaced three months after sprinkler line break (VA) April 4, 2023
    A number of people in Woodstock have been displaced after a sprinkler line burst in their condo building on Christmas, and three months later they say that the problem isn’t any closer to being fixed. Residents of Pleasant Valley Estates Condominiums say around 15 families have been displaced and with the repair timeline still unclear they are looking for answers.   Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowners group asks Warren County to drop fee for fire department (VA) March 21, 2023
    The Board of Supervisors plans to take up at its meeting tonight a request by the Blue Ridge Shadows Homeowners’ Association Inc. to change a condition in the subdivision’s proffers to eliminate the $200 annual fee charged per residential unit. The fees are earmarked for the use of the North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘You feel helpless’: 2nd Lennar homeowner reaches out to 7 On Your Side for rodent issues (MD/VA) March 12, 2023
    Just days after a Maryland man reached out to 7News On Your Side because of a rodent problem in his new construction home built by home construction company Lennar, a Woodbridge woman said she is going through the same thing — right down to Lennar not helping with issues for which they believe the builders are at fault.   Read the article………………………..
  • Resurrection of Leesburg’s Beacon Hill golf course could die by technicality (VA) February 28, 2023
    A kerfuffle among Loudoun County homeowners threatens to stall, or even cease, efforts to resurrect the Beacon Hill Golf Club as negotiations with the course’s proposed new operator enter their final stretch.  Read the article………………………..
  • Belmont Bay spat between developer, homeowners continues (VA) February 10, 2023
    The Belmont Bay Homeowners Association claims the company behind the proposed expansion of development along the Occoquan River is retaliating over its opposition to the project.  Read the article………………………..
  • Families displaced following condo fire in Annandale (VA) February 6, 2023
    An entire condominium building is in the dark following a three-alarm fire in Annandale, VA.  Read the article………………………..
  • Reston Association explores county pilot for more electric vehicle charger access (VA) February 2, 2023
    Reston Association is charging up to potentially take part in Fairfax County pilot to get more homeowners’ associations (HOAs) on board with improving access to electric vehicle chargers.   Read the article………………………..
  • North Stafford towing incident rooted in decades-old covenants (VA) February 1, 2023
    Just over two months ago, eight cars belonging to residents of a North Stafford town house community were towed away. A county official believes the vehicles were removed in part because of convenants that were bound to the properties when the neighborhood was first developed in the 1970s.   Read the article………………………..
  • Case of mysterious fliers at Belmont Bay solved (VA) January 31, 2023
    The president of a Woodbridge HOA says a case of some mysterious fliers that appeared to denounce him has been solved.  Belmont Bay HOA President KP Lau said the person who distributed the flier, which stated his name and a photo of Mao Zedong, founder of the Chinese Communist Party, apologized to him.    Read the article………………………..
  • Belmont Bay HOA president targeted with hateful flyers, slashed tire (VA) January 23, 2023
    When the president of the Belmont Bay Homeowners Association first saw the flyers on Dec. 20, he saw a face with which he was all too familiar.  The dozens of hateful flyers have “End This Reign of Terror!” scrawled on the top and bottom. In the center, it has Lau’s name next to an equal sign. On the other side of the equal sign is a photo of Mao Zedong.   Read the article………………………..
  • Rockingham County updates Massanutten POA on effort to purchase water system (VA) January 10, 2023
    The executive committee of the Massanutten Property Owners Association (MPOA) held a special meeting on Monday alongside Rockingham County officials. The meeting was held to update property owners on the county’s effort to purchase the Massanutten water system.   Read the article………………………..
  • Judge grants access to Belmont Bay roads in Woodbridge (VA) December 30, 2022
    A judge has blocked a homeowners association from restricting access to the wedding venue in Belmont Bay at least until the summer.   Read the article………………………..
  • Belmont Bay Developers and HOA Head to Court Over Road Access (VA) December 14, 2022
    While Belmont Bay claims that they have easement rights necessary to access Belmont Bay Drive and the nearby Harbor Side Street, the HOA asserts that only HOA members and emergency services have access rights, InsideNoVA reports. If access were denied to those two roads, there would be no remaining exterior access points to The Osprey’s.  Read the article………………………..
  • After no pickups in weeks, trash piles up on London Towne streets, attracting wildlife (VA) December 13, 2022
    When 7News On Your Side drove through the large London Towne community of Centreville Monday, there were bags of trash lying out everywhere. Residents say no one has picked up trash in the community since late November.   Read the article………………………..
  • Gainesville-area residents take their fight against the PW digital gateway to court (VA) December 7, 2022
    In two separate lawsuits filed in Prince William County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Monday, Dec. 5, the Oak Valley Homeowners’ Association, the Gainesville Citizens for Smart Growth and 12 individual residents of Heritage Hunt, Oak Valley and Catharpin are asking the court to halt further development related to the Prince William Digital Gateway comprehensive plan amendment, which the county supervisors approved  Read the article………………………..
  • Belmont Bay developer facing legal fight with residents over property access (VA) November 7, 2022
    The developer behind Belmont Bay in Woodbridge is facing a legal fight with existing residents over property access in an escalation of animosity spurred over the company’s development plans for the area.   Read the article………………………..
  • Local Condominium Vacates Twelve Units Due to ‘Undue Strains’ (VA) November 3, 2022
    Representatives of an engineering firm hired by the residents’ board at the Madison Condominium at 600 Roosevelt Blvd. in Falls Church found a steel beam that was completely corroded and they immediately call City Hall and City engineers condemned the building and the Falls Church Police Department and Office of Emergency Management supervised an evacuation of residents who are now in area hotels, a News-Press source close to the incident has reported.   Read the article………………………..
  • Virginia Supreme Court denies hearing condo owners’ appeal challenging expansion of VB senior living community November 1, 2022
    The Virginia Supreme Court has denied hearing an appeal from condo owners attempting to halt the expansion of a retirement community in Virginia Beach.  In a statement issued Tuesday, the Court stated that “there is no reversible error” regarding the previous judgment regarding the Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay.    Read the article………………………..
  • Charlottesville lawsuit against University Village tests state condo law (VA) October 22, 2022
    The board of one of the area’s most prominent retirement communities finds itself at war with a resident who wants to block the facility’s planned expansion   Read the article………………………..
  • Dam Awareness Rises in Hurricane Season (VA) October 6, 2022
    With the rainy season moving in, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation recently began to look at area dams, reviewing certification and the rules surrounding dams in an effort to thwart any mishaps that could result in fatalities.   Read the article………………………..
  • County plans to get more HOAs on board with electric vehicle chargers, starting in Reston (VA) October 5, 2022
    Fairfax County is looking to charge up a new electric vehicle charging station program and pilot it in Reston.  At last week’s Transportation Committee meeting, the Board of Supervisors discussed a new “Charge Up Fairfax” program, where the county would provide support to homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and multi-family communities to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in common areas.    Read the article………………………..
  • Becoming a high impact board member in your home owners association (VA) September 23, 2022
    Today, it is estimated that over 60 million people are living in one of the 300,000 community associations in America. Of those residents, nearly 2 million serve in HOA boards to manage their association, according to the Community Associations Institute (CAI).   Read the article………………………..
  • The HOA of a middle-class Portsmouth community is loaded with politically connected people. No one will say why (VA) September 17, 2022
    There’s a residential development with homes that have brick and vinyl siding and small front lawns, that looks like any other middle-class community.  It’s called New Port at Victory, and it’s near the city’s Tidewater Community College campus and the Bide-A-Wee golf course.  But there’s something unusual about this place.      Read the article………………………..
  • Pay closer attention to your condo homeowners insurance (HO-6) (VA) August 30, 2022
    Question: What is the difference between my individual condo insurance and the Association’s master insurance policy and do I need my own insurance?   Read the Q&A……………………………….
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