Community Associations

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 »

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 »