Community Associations

2019 Legislative Changes Affecting Community Associations

06/27/2019Casey, Deborah M.

By:  Deborah M. Casey, CCAL® and Gaela Normile[1] Happy Summer!  It is hard to believe that 2019 is half over.  July 1 means new laws become effective in Virginia. During the 2019 session of the Virginia General Assembly, CAI’s Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) monitored over 75 bills that directly or indirectly impacted community associations…. Read more »

We’ve Been Sued! We Need to Sue! What to Expect When Your Association Goes to General District Court

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06/27/2019Chappell, W. Thomas

Community associations are not immune from being sued or having to file suit.  Community associations frequently are in court for issues such as the collection of unpaid assessments from residents, disputes with contractors, and covenant and rule enforcement. Many of these disputes are handled in the general district court of the relevant locality.  In Virginia,… Read more »

Deborah M. Casey Named as ‘Influential Women of Law’ for 2019

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01/30/2019Casey, Deborah M.

Attorney Deborah M. Casey, a Vandeventer Black AV Preeminent® rated partner and Executive Board member, will receive the Influential Woman of Law for 2019 distinction on February 18, 2019. This recognition is awarded by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as part of the inaugural class of Virginia’s leading women attorney program. “Debbie’s integrity and character are demonstrated in many… Read more »

Five Steps to Greater Cybersecurity Health for Community Associations

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08/14/2018Gallo, Jonathan V.

Media reports concerning cyber attacks continue to increase.  Over the past few years, some of the largest and well-known companies have been affected by data breaches. These companies have experienced millions of dollars in losses as a result.  Even a small data breach impacting only a few thousand records can expose a business to significant… Read more »

2018 Legislative Changes That Affect Community Associations

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08/14/2018Casey, Deborah M.

Each year an increasing number of bills affecting community associations are introduced in the Virginia General Assembly.  2018 may have been one for the record books. CAI’s Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) reviewed more than 100 bills that directly or indirectly affect Virginia community associations. Fortunately, there are only a few that passed.  The bills that… Read more »

Deborah M. Casey Selected as a 2018 Woman Leader in the Law

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02/08/2018Casey, Deborah M.

Vandeventer Black LLP AV® Preeminent-rated partner Deborah M. Casey was selected as a 2018 Woman Leader in the Law by The National Law Journal. Casey is a highly accomplished attorney who has also been recognized among ‘Influential Women of the Year’ by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, ‘Best Women In The Law 2017’ by Virginia Living Magazine, and ‘Women In Business’ by Inside… Read more »

Copyright Law for Community Associations

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08/28/2017Tucker, Jane D.

A common issue that community associations encounter is the proper use of copyrighted material.  Whenever an association shows a movie or plays music at a common element/area location within the community, it most likely is using material that is protected by copyright law.  If the association has not obtained a license allowing it to use… Read more »

Top Reasons to Amend a Community Association’s Governing Documents

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08/20/2017Casey, Deborah M.

Whether your community’s documents are relatively new or have been recorded for several decades, this article is intended to provide a basis for determining why amendments should be considered.  Governing documents generally include the Declaration (or Master Deed for condominiums created under the Horizontal Property Act), Articles of Incorporation (for associations that are incorporated), Bylaws,… Read more »

A Corporate Formality with Significant Implications – Carefully Select our Community Associations Registered Agent

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08/19/2017Vandeventer Black

Virginia law related to registered agents is deceptively simple: Every corporation authorized to transact business in Virginia (including incorporated community associations) are required to maintain a registered office and a registered agent within the state; Registered agents in Virginia have only one statutory duty – to forward to the business entity at its last known… Read more »

Good Collection Practices Protect Lifeblood of Community Associations

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06/06/2017Casey, Deborah M.

Assessments are the lifeblood of every community association.  For most associations, it is the sole source of income to pay for common expenses.  Therefore, having tools and good practices to maximize collection of assessments is vital not just to survive and thrive, but to avoid unwanted special assessments and/or debt. It is the obligation of… Read more »