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Virginia Condo & HOA News

  • Reston Association to rethink fees, focus on facility maintenance with 2025 budget (VA) June 10, 2024
    A retooling of program fees and a renewed emphasis on facility maintenance over new capital projects will be priorities for Reston Association’s next budget.  The 2025 budget development process kicked off on May 30 with staff presenting their proposed priorities to the nonprofit community association’s Board of Directors based on the strategic plan that the board adopted in February and the results of a community survey conducted last year.    Read the article…………………………….
  • $1 million delinquent water bill owed by condo complex in Portsmouth (VA) May 29, 2024
    Charlestowne Condos has a homeowners association and management company. The water bill is paid out of residents’ homeowner’s fee, but that hasn’t been happening.   Video news report……………………..
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging the PW Digital Gateway (VA) May 25, 2024
    Prince William County Circuit Court Judge James A. Willett dismissed the case but ruled that the plaintiffs, which included the Oak Valley Homeowners’ Association and 10 individual residents, had standing to sue, meaning they had the right to challenge the issue in court.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Facing ‘no-win situation,’ Planning Commission recommends data centers in Arcola neighborhood (VA) May 15, 2024
    The Loudoun County Planning Commission voted narrowly May 9 to recommend approval of the Hiddenwood Assemblage application, which asks the county to allow several homeowners along a once-rural Arcola gravel lane to sell their land to a data center developer. Decision makers on both sides of the issue call it a “no-win situation” as they try to balance the interests of the homeowners petitioning for the zoning change with those who live in Briarfield Estates   Read the article…………………………….
  • Firefighters battling another two alarm fire at Rosslyn condo building (VA) May 7, 2024
    For the second day in a row, there’s a fire in a large Rosslyn condominium building.  After a vehicle fire in the parking garage of the Atrium Condominium at 1530 Key Blvd on Monday morning, there’s now a reported electrical fire in the garage area. A second alarm has been called in to help extinguish the fire and ventilate smoke from the building.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Virginia ranks high nationally in HOA real estate landscape April 16, 2024
    Virginia’s residential landscape boasts the 12th spot nationally with the highest number of homes belonging to Homeowner Associations (HOAs).  Based on data from the Foundation for Community Association Research from December 2021, more than 2 million Virginia residents live in over 9,000 HOA communities across the Commonwealth.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Blacksburg 4th grader starts petition to get rules changed in HOA (VA) April 13, 2024
    A little girl in Blacksburg is taking on her neighborhood HOA in a battle over backyard chickens.  “There’s a farm behind my house so like why not?” said Avery Prussin. “Why am I not allowed to have chickens? Like there are horses, cows, like a bunch of things.”    Read the article…………………………….

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Virginia Condo & HOA Articles

  • In Arlington’s race to become carbon neutral, some residents seeking green upgrades feel left behind (VA)
    “Being a condo owner, getting some support and how to navigate these conversations for a condominium association would be helpful,” she said. “I think the county has some good staff and are doing a lot of work. It’s just having resources of people that have successfully done that with their condo association — kind of how do you get everyone on board, because it is a big investment.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Injunctive relief not barred by dec judgment action (VA)
    Where a litigant is otherwise entitled to injunctive relief, the fact that a declaratory judgment action is pending does not prevent a circuit court from awarding that relief. The statute only precludes injunctive relief when the only basis for the injunction is the mere fact that a declaratory judgment action is pending.   Read the article…………………………….
  • 2024 Virginia Legislative Updates for Common Interest Communities
    The Virginia General Assembly approved a number of bills during its 2024 legislative session. Some of the bills impact, directly or indirectly, common interest communities. The Governor of Virginia signed the following bills into law and the new laws will take effect on July 1, 2024. We have outlined the legislative action taken by the Virginia General Assembly that we believe most directly affect both homeowners and condominium associations.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Virginia Community Associations and the Corporate Transparency Act: New Federal Reporting Requirements Effective January 1, 2024
    Effective January 1, 2024, most Virginia community associations will be required to comply with the federal Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) and its regulations, unless a community association fits within one of the narrow exemptions to the Act.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOAs are blocking solar panels and native lawns. Here’s how to fight back.
    More Americans than ever are running afoul of their HOAs for updating their homes in ways that benefit the environment, adding solar panels, native lawns, EV chargers, clotheslines or gardens. Once a rarity, 84 percent of newly built, single-family homes sold in 2022 were part of HOAs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Homeowner’s discrimination suit against HOA dismissed (VA)
    Where a man alleged he was treated differently by his homeowner’s association because of his national origin, but he failed to allege enough factual detail that could plausibly show that his property was similarly situated as the properties owned by his neighbors who were treated differently, his suit was dismissed.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA members obstructed access to riverfront pier — $400,500 verdict (VA)
    Plaintiffs included a homeowner’s association in Gloucester County and several of its lot-owning members. Defendants are also members of the homeowner’s association with a waterfront lot within the subdivision. Defendants’ waterfront lot is encumbered by half of a 15-foot ingress and egress easement to a community pier, which pier is affixed within the easement above mean low water to neighboring property owned by two of the plaintiffs.   Read the article…………………………….

Virginia Article Archives

 

Virginia Laws

Common Interest Communities Statutes

Condominium Act

Property Owners’ Association Act

Real Estate Cooperative Act

Time Share Act

Common Interest Community Management Information Fund Statutes

The Office of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman –  was established by the 2008 General Assembly and was created to: Assist members in understanding and exercising their rights in resolving issues with their common interest community associations

Common Interest Community Board – The Board was established to regulate Common Interest Community Managers, via a licensure program for management firms, and principal and supervisory employees of the licensed firms.

SB 1228 Va. Fair Housing Law; responsibilities with respect to use of an assistance animal in a dwelling

Common Interest Community Board

The Common Interest Community Board regulates common interest community managers, as well as certain employees of licensed management firms. The Board’s authority also includes condominium and time-share project registrations, and extends to transactions occurring within Virginia, even if the property involved is located outside the Commonwealth. Property owner, condominium, and cooperative associations are required to file annual reports with the Board.

All forms and documents are at this link.

Office of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman

Homeowners’ Associations

The Office of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman offers assistance and information to homeowners’ association members regarding the rights and processes available to them through their associations. The Ombudsman is responsible for receiving “notices of adverse decision” from association members who allege an association governing body violated common interest community laws or regulations. The Office also receives reports of violations concerning timeshares.  The Common Interest Community Board is separate and distinct from the Office of the Ombudsman. The Board is the regulatory body responsible for licensing association managers, certifying certain employees of licensed management firms, receiving annual reports filed by associations, and registering condominium and time-share projects registrations.

All forms and documents are at the link.

Virginia Condo & HOA Resources

 

Fairfax County has a large number of publications available

Henrico County has a number of articles and links available

The law firm of Rees Broome, P.C. has a numbr of articles available

The law firm of MercerTrigiani has a number of articles available

Community Associations Network has chapters located:

Central Virginia Chapter
Richmond and vicinity

Southeastern Virginia Chapter
Hampton Roads and vicinity

Southwest Virginia Chapter
Roanoke, Blacksburg, and vicinity

Washington Metropolitan Chapter
Washington, DC and vicinity

 

 

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