HB 1146 Local permitting or licensure; consent of common interest community association prohibited
Virginia House Bill 1146 was approved by Governor McAuliffe on Monday, becoming effective July 1, 2016.
House Bill 1146 prohibits a locality from requiring consent of a condominium unit owners association or property owners’ association prior to the issuance of a permit, certificate, or license, including a building permit or a business license.
Continue reading Virginia – McAuliffe Signs Delegate Hope’s House Bill 1146
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
CICB – DPOR – Amendment to Training Program Provisions
The Virginia Common Interest Community Board issued a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) on December 28, 2015. The CICB intends to amend 18 VAC 48-50-253 and 255 to require only certain training for individuals renewing certifications and clarify training course content in reference to Virginia laws and regulations directly related to common interest communities.
Continue reading Virginia – CICB Issues Notice of Intended Regulatory Action for Manager Training Programs
Tuesday, Feb. 16 marked “crossover,” the milestone during the current session of the Virginia General Assembly session in Richmond where bills passed by the House of Delegates move to the Senate for debate and either approval or rejection, and vice versa. While many are just beginning their time in the alternate governing body some fast-tracked bills such as Del.
Even before the 2016 session of the General Assembly ends, Senator Chap Petersen expects to continue efforts in 2017 to abrogate restrictive covenants limited home-based businesses.
Continue reading Virginia – Senator Petersen Expects to Bring Child-Care Bill Back in 2017