Community Associations

Community Associations

Open Session Web Page as a Resource for Virginia Community Associations
We are pleased to announce the launch of Open Session—a web page curated for Virginia community association board members, committee members, managers, and other industry leaders to easily access relevant community association resources.

Open Session contains links to our COVID-19 articles and information, Virginia common interest community statutes and regulations, fair housing laws and regulations, information on upcoming Vandeventer Black community association-related events, and much more! Check Open Session frequently for regular updates.

Open Session

Vandeventer Black’s Community Association Law practice provides comprehensive legal services specific to the needs of our community association clients. As one of the most progressive practices in Virginia, our team has extensive experience working with a large roster of common interest community boards and managers on the wide range of issues presented on a daily basis, as well as in less typical and more complex situations.

Tailored Legal Counseling and Strategic Guidance
We recognize the unique and multifaceted nature of community associations and address their needs efficiently and effectively. We provide strategic guidance in the interpretation, review, and development of governing documents and operational issues and assist with developing and implementing policy. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional value while maintaining superior quality, professionalism, and integrity.

The scope of our representation of community associations spans the spectrum of legal issues from:

Where We Can Help
Vandeventer Black attorneys serve as legal counsel to community associations throughout Virginia and North Carolina, including:
  • Hampton Roads / Coastal Virginia
  • Williamsburg
  • Peninsula
  • Richmond
  • Central Virginia
  • Virginia’s Eastern Shore
  • Outer Banks
Collaborative Team of Attorneys
By integrating expertise from subject matter specialists in Vandeventer Black’s other practice groups (including construction, employment, fair housing, environmental, taxation, corporate, finance, litigation, and contracts), we are able to best meet the needs of the associations we serve. We take a proactive approach to avoid disputes when possible. We have a team of experienced litigators to support community associations in disputes that arise, such as warranty obligations, construction defects, breach of contract, covenants and rules enforcement, governance, insurance, and surety claims. As practitioners of all forms of dispute resolution, we take pride in using creative ideas to help our clients resolve disputes in the most efficient manner.

Knowledgeable Team
At Vandeventer Black, we prioritize staying current and playing a role in the evolution of the law and legal trends in this specialized area. We are dedicated to providing leadership in the Community Associations Institute, an international member organization with local chapters whose purpose is to promote, improve, and advance the interests of community associations and the community at large.

Assessment Collection
Successful assessment collection is the lifeblood of every community association. Vandeventer Black excels at effective and efficient assessment collection. By investing in and utilizing technology, dedicating staff, and cultivating a roster of attorneys to prosecute cases, we produce superior results that provide a positive return to our clients. Our team is seasoned in the broad range of creditors’ rights, including lien and lien enforcement, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.
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