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Owners’ association holiday decoration rules unenforceable (access required)

A homeowner association’s seasonal decoration guidelines exceeded its declaration of restrictive covenants and are thus unenforceable. The circuit court’s judgment, which upheld fines imposed against appellant property owners for violating the guidelines, and which awarded attorney fees and costs, is ...

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Rezoning evidence admissible in taking case (access required)

Evidence of the probability that appellant’s farmland would be rezoned for commercial use was admissible in this condemnation case to determine the compensation due for land taken to construct a highway interchange. Background The highway commission sought to take a ...

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Condo owners cannot contest development decision (access required)

Plaintiffs, who are individual members of a condominium owners association, lack standing to challenge Fairfax County’s decision to approve defendants’ application to undertake a townhouse development project adjacent to plaintiff’s property. Overview The Dulles Professional Center Condominium Unit Owners Association ...

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Foreclosure dispute claims go forward (access required)

Where the Virginia Housing Development Authority was awarded possession of plaintiff’s property in a district court unlawful detainer action, the doctrines of collateral estoppel and res judicata do not bar plaintiff’s claim that the title is defective. The demurrers as ...

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Jury must decide whether trespass claim was timely (access required)

Where plaintiff claims defendants’ underground sprinkler system damaged her property and that they have interfered with her easement rights, the timeliness of plaintiff ‘s trespass and nuisance claims are a jury issue. Further, the circuit court erred when interpreting the ...

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Actual fraud claim survives demurrer (access required)

Where defendant did not reconvey property to plaintiff as agreed, plaintiff’s allegation that defendant never intended to do so sufficiently states a claim for actual fraud but not constructive fraud. Facts Plaintiff Gutterman purchased residential real estate for $93,500 without ...

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