Community Associations

Understanding the Legal Aspects of Privacy in the Age of Smart Phones and Residential Security Cameras

09/24/2020Panagis, Kathleen W.

This article is published in Southeastern Virginia Community Associations Institute’s (“SEVA-CAI”) Currents newsmagazine (Quarter 2 edition)  and is re-printed with permission. With most people in modern society having smart phones that have cameras and video recording capability coupled with the soaring popularity of residential security cameras, one may wonder to what extent does one have… Read more »

Impact of Executive Order 68 on Hampton Roads Community Associations

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07/30/2020Panagis, Kathleen W.

In response to increases in positive COVID-19 case counts in the Hampton Roads area, Governor Northam issued Executive Order 68 that places additional restrictions on certain cities and counties.  The jurisdictions subject to this order are:  Cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News, Poquoson, James City County, and York County… Read more »

2020 Legislative Changes Affecting Virginia Community Associations

07/06/2020Panagis, Kathleen W.

The 2020 legislative session was notable for a few reasons.  First, the Democrats held the majority of seats in both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in recent history.  Second, the legislature also took action to address the impacts of COVID-19, which has affected virtually every aspect of our society, including community… Read more »

The Impact Of Coronavirus On Virginia Community Associations – FAQs

05/05/2020Panagis, Kathleen W.

Frequently Asked Questions The information in this article is for general information about the topics discussed and is not legal or tax advice. Nor does any exchange of information associated with this article in any way establish an attorney-client relationship.   Which Executive Orders Impact Community Associations and What Do The Executive Orders Say? Executive… Read more »

COVID-19 Legislative Update: Community Association Boards May Meet Virtually During State of Emergency

04/24/2020Chappell, W. Thomas

On April 22, 2020, the Virginia General Assembly approved two budget amendments recommended by Governor Northam that allow boards of directors of property owners’ associations and condominium unit owners’ associations to meet virtually when the Governor has declared a state of emergency. They will be effective once the Governor signs the legislation.  Prior existing law… Read more »

Community Association Board Meetings During the Time of COVID-19

04/15/2020Casey, Deborah M.

Our office has received numerous inquiries regarding whether and how boards of directors of Virginia community associations can meet the statutory requirements for open meetings and the “2-director rule” during the coronavirus pandemic with the Governor’s Executive Orders requiring social distancing and barring group gatherings of 10 or more people. Open Board Meeting Requirement The… Read more »

Impact of Coronavirus on Pool Season for Community Associations

04/08/2020Casey, Deborah M.

Spring is here, which means pool season is upon us.  Traditionally, this is when community associations throughout Virginia prepare for pool season.  Now, with Virginians ordered to stay home, social distance, sanitize and limit in-person gatherings through June 10, 2020, community associations may need to review their pool contracts.  Pool contracts generally involve two main… Read more »

Coronavirus: Additional Consideration for Protecting Community Associations and Continuing to Operate

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03/27/2020Casey, Deborah M.

Since our last posting, the impact of coronavirus on community associations has become real.  Health and safety are paramount.  While Association-related matters may seem trivial compared to a worldwide health crisis and corresponding job losses, basic business and operations must continue, albeit with new considerations.  This supplements the prior article.   Membership Meetings: Use of… Read more »

Coronavirus: Protecting Community Associations and Continuing to Operate

03/13/2020Casey, Deborah M.

It is official; there is a global pandemic. This affects everyone.  With the onslaught of cancellations, closings, quarantining, and social distancing, COVID-19 is changing how we work, live, and interact at least for the foreseeable future.  This article is intended to provide guidance to community associations about how to operate in this environment. Information. There… Read more »