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…
Continue reading Virginia – Early Communication from Owner Critical to Avoid Consequences of Non-payment of Assessments (UPDATED)
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.
Continue reading National – Vigilance is Key in Addressing Abandoned Lots and “Zombie” Mortgages
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.
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…
Continue reading National – Will the Market Dictate Continued Livestock Restrictions?