Northern Virginia and Fairfax County News – FairfaxTimes.comFor those who live in one of Fairfax County’s 1500-plus homeowner or condo associations, a recent piece of legislation in the General Assembly sparked an intense debate about the rules of suburban living. House Bill 791, co-sponsored by Fairfax Dels. Jim LeMunyon (R-Dist. 67) and Mark Sickles (D-Dist.
Relief from ‘homeowners association nightmares’The federal government has no equal in imposing intrusive, burdensome and annoying laws. State governments are usually more accommodating, because they’re closer to the governed, and the federal government has usurped so much of the authority over everything. But the best government may not necessarily be the government closest at hand.
Virginia General Assembly: Homeowner association bill guttedRICHMOND – Legislators have stripped controversial language out of a bill once meant to shift power in homeowner and condominium owner associations. The overhauled legislation then passed the House easily this afternoon. House Bill 791 once allowed association boards to grant themselves the power to fine property owners who failed to live by association rules.
Virginia homeowners’ association bill guttedVirginia homeowners’ associations will not have the power to impose fines that are not in their declarations, after a contentious bill on the issue was revamped in committee. The final bill that passed both chambers of the legislature is stripped of that controversial provision.
Homeowners association bill hits skidsRICHMOND – Legislation that would grant more power to some homeowners associations ran into trouble Thursday, as some of its support seemed to erode in the House of Delegates. House Bill 791 would allow homeowner and condiumium associations that don’t have the power to fine residents explicitly written into their governing documents to add that power more easily.
HOA reform bill hits obstacle in HouseThe House of Delegates may emerge as a bar against a General Assembly effort to empower weak homeowner associations to levy fines on rule breaking homeowners. The House voted 55-39 to reject a substitute version of House Bill 791 approved by the Senate Tuesday, with debate focusing on whether the legislation would unfairly interfere with contracts between homeowners and community associations.
Homeowner associations may get more powerRICHMOND – Legislation that would give more power to homeowners associations cleared the Virginia Senate Tuesday. It has already passed the House in a slightly different form and seems headed for final passage.