Virginia – Early Communication from Owner Critical to Avoid Consequences of Non-payment of Assessments (UPDATED)

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A condominium unit owners association in Virginia Beach was the subject of a news story yesterday (link after the jump) for suspending the right of a Unit Owner to use utility services (water) provided by the association for non-payment of assessments.

Section 55-79.80:2 A of the Virginia Condominium Act and Section 55-513 B of the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act provide authority for community associations to:

suspend a unit owner’s right to use facilities or services, including utility services, provided directly through the unit owners’ association for nonpayment of assessments which are more than 60 days past due…

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Virginia – Legum and Norman President John Rhodes Appointed to Governor McAuliffe’s Administration

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Associa L&N President John Rhodes Appointed to Governor McAuliffe’s Administration

RICHMOND, Va., March 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Legum & Norman, an Associa company, is proud to announce President Johns Rhodes’ appointment to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration staff. The administration is focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

 

Virginia – Gibson & Associates earns management company accreditation

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Gibson & Associates earns management company accreditation

Gibson & Associates LLC is now the first and only management company in Southwest Virginia that has earned the Accredited Association Management Company credential. There are fewer than 240 management companies worldwide that have earned this highest level of professional recognition in the community association management field.

National – Vigilance is Key in Addressing Abandoned Lots and “Zombie” Mortgages

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Although statistical data shows the battle against zombie mortgages (A property becomes a zombie when a creditor initiates foreclosure and the homeowner vacates then home.  When the creditor fails to complete the foreclosure, title to the real property remains with the original homeowner, leaving the ownership “half dead” and “half living”) is being won nationwide, abandoned lots, vacant units and zombie properties continue to have negative impacts on communities throughout the United States (unkempt proprties, maintenance issues, rodents, unpaid assessments and lack of community spirit).

Through vigilance, community associations can effectively address conditions caused by these zombie properties.

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Virginia – Chesapeake council to consider allowing developer to omit contaminants from disclosure (UPDATED)

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Chesapeake council to consider allowing developer to omit contaminants from disclosure

CHESAPEAKE The City Council could decide Tuesday to allow a developer not to share with new residents a list of contaminants – including elevated levels of arsenic, lead and petroleum hydrocarbons – found in the area’s shallow groundwater.

UPDATE:  At its meeting on March 15, 2016, the Chesapeake City Council unanimously denied the request for change in proffered contaminant language.

 

National – Will the Market Dictate Continued Livestock Restrictions?

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Last week I retweeted a link from the Urban Land Institute’s twitter page about the increase in the number of “agrihoods.”  And, although we have seen an increase in farming and gardening amenities, we have not seen a shift from pet restrictions – many restrictive covenants still prohibit animals other than orderly, domestic pets.

Real estate developers have been slow to embrace livestock in their restrictive covenants.  An article from Realtor.com (link after the jump) may explain why…

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Virginia – A win for developers, new state proffer law frustrates Chesapeake

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A win for developers, new state proffer law frustrates Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE Starting this summer, developers coming to the City Council with new projects may be able to offer significantly less in impact fees than their predecessors, under legislation signed by the governor this week. Senate Bill 549 updates Virginia’s rules on proffers – voluntary fees paid to a local government to offset the impact of development on infrastructure.

 

District of Columbia – Mayor’s $100M a year for affordable housing isn’t close to enough

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The Mayors $100M A Year For Affordable Housing Isnt Close To Enough

With more Millennials and other out-of-towners moving into the District for a taste of the fast-paced life in our nation’s capital, combined with “up-and-coming” neighborhoods sprouting like weeds- along with their rents-Washington, DC, faces an escalating affordable housing issue. To tackle these issues, we’re hosting our Fifth Annual Affordable Housing Forum on Thursday, March 24.

 

One lawyer's compilation of online legal resources and comments related to issues involving condominiums, HOAs, timeshares and cooperatives in Virginia and the District of Columbia.