After encountering rising opposition from both liberal and conservative wings of the legislature, a plan to empower weak homeowners associations legislatively was removed from an HOA reform bill before the General Assembly adjourned this month. Advocates for community associations said ...Read More »
Language proposed for the next state budget could restore lucrative collection work for some Virginia law firms at the expense of local governments, says an attorney who represents local treasurers around the state. Legislators quietly included provisions in the mammoth ...
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Despite arguments that the state will be rewriting private contracts affecting property rights, the Virginia Senate has approved giving all community associations the right to levy fines on homeowners who violate community rules. A similar measure already cleared the House ...Read More »
Circuit judges will have a 60-day deadline to decide issues in civil cases under a new requirement approved by the General Assembly. The deadline triggers a call for a written report to the parties stating when a decision can be ...Read More »
As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the bounds of police cellphone searches, a group of Virginia legislators is focused on police surveillance of license plate numbers. The newly formed Personal Privacy Protection Caucus at the General Assembly grew out of ...Read More »
An effort to bring peace to the battlefield of community associations and rebellious homeowners sparked its own skirmish as it advanced at the General Assembly. While critics warn of association leaders abusing new-found power, other lawmakers and representatives of community ...Read More »
Court mediation programs may get a closer look if the General Assembly funds current budget requests from a coalition of dispute resolution providers. With an eye toward documenting cost savings for the court system, the Virginia Association for Community Conflict ...Read More »