VLR 2012 – Recap

August 15, 2012 on 9:21 pm | In Common Interest Community, HOA, HOA litigation, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

We are back from the Virginia Leadership Retreat, and wow, there is so much to process.  The VLR is an amazing event based on its volunteer workforce.  Our VLR committee is comprised of volunteers from the three CAI chapters in Virginia.  I am pleased to be one of the committee members.  The committee members plan the retreat, develop the educational program, coordinate all of the  retreat events,  produce all of the communications, invitations, and instructions for speakers and attendees, stuff the welcome bags, make name tags…. if its part of the retreat, its done by our committee.  All of our speakers, other than our keynote speaker, are volunteers who actually pay to attend the retreat.  Our speaker evaluations bear out the top quality speakers and presentations that truly define our retreat.

John and I both taught sessions at the retreat.  John presented with two attorney colleagues, Andrew Elmore and Jeanne Lauer, on litigation issues for community associations.  With a combined 65 years of experience, John, Andrew and Jeanne provided valuable information on dealing with lawsuits.

I presented on legislation that mandates permitting green initiatives over restrictive covenants that prohibit such things as solar panels, clotheslines, wind energy devices, and energy efficiency measures.  I was paired with Pia Trigiani who practices law in Richmond, and  with our combined 50+ years of experience (yikes!), we had a lively and productive discussion with our audience on green initiatives.

Our event is attended by managers and business partners who are not only dedicated to their occupations, but also truly committed to our industry. Sharing information and experiences and networking make all of us better at what we do.

Finally, I think that all I need to say is two words:  The Homestead.  Yes, it is a wonderful respite.  If you have never been to The Homestead, we highly recommend the experience.  It was great networking with colleagues on the Old Course, at the pool, or over dinner at Sam Snead’s Tavern or the 1776 Grille.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fabulous breakfast buffet.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s retreat!

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law – Williamsburg, Virginia

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Virginia Leadership Retreat – 2012

July 23, 2012 on 10:21 am | In Common Interest Community, HOA, HOA litigation, State & Federal Litigation, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

This week, at the venerable Homestead, the annual Virginia Leadership Retreat will take place. For this event, community managers and their management company executives, guest speakers, and the community association attorneys and service providers from all parts of Virginia will meet to discuss this year’s topic: Changing Times in Community Associations.

Both Susan Tarley and John Tarley will teach classes at the VLR, discussing topics about which we blog frequently. The topics for this year’s event include:

  • Learning to Communicate like a Pro;
  • The Role of a Manager as a First Responder;
  • Leadership Training;
  • Preparing for “Forcing Green” Legislation (taught by Susan Tarley);
  • Conflict Management Skills;
  • Virginia Legislative Update; and
  • Dealing with Lawsuits (taught by John Tarley).

The VLR provides us with an opportunity to mingle with other industry professionals so we can provide better service for our clients. Oh, and the golf is pretty nice, too!

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

 

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Virginia Homeowner and Condominium Association Complaint Procedures must be adopted by September 29, 2012

July 3, 2012 on 8:00 am | In Common Interest Community, HOA, HOA litigation, Real Estate Strategies, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

We blogged about the 4 things your HOA needs to know about Virginia’s complaint process, and provided some guidance for Implementing an HOA Complaint Procedure. Now, the Common Interest Community Ombudsman has approved final regulations for the required Complaint Procedure. The Ombudsman Regulations are effective July 1, 2012, which means that community associations have until September 29, 2012 to adopt a Complaint Procedure.

This blog post summarizes the new regulations.

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Sign up for the Community Association Legislative Lunch & Learn in Williamsburg or Richmond

May 24, 2012 on 9:00 am | In Common Interest Community, HOA, HOA litigation, Susan B. Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

The Central Virginia Chapter of Community Association Institute is sponsoring two sessions of the Legislative Lunch & Learn. The June 5 session will be held in Williamsburg at the Ford’s Colony Swim & Tennis Club, and the June 7 session will be held at The Wyndham Foundation. The sessions will cover updates on Virginia legislation and case law that affect Virginia homeowner associations and condominium associations. Managers, HOA Boards of Directors, and interested owners will benefit from this educational opportunity.

Our own Susan Tarley will be teaching both sessions, along with Jerry Wright of the Richmond area law firm Chadwick, Washington, Moriarity, Elmore & Bunn, P.C. Use this registration form for either the Williamsburg or the Richmond event. Already registrations have been strong for this event so sign up soon!

Susan new photo1 150x150 ADA Compliance – (Another) Update on HOAs, Condos and Swimming Pools

Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

 

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Virginia Leadership Retreat at The Homestead – 2012

April 25, 2012 on 8:00 am | In Common Interest Community, General Interest, HOA, HOA litigation, Susan B. Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

It’s that time of year again to schedule your attendance at the Homestead for The Virginia Leadership Retreat. This event has become a favorite for Virginia community association attorneys, management companies, and business partners.  The VLR is a very popular seminar sponsored by Central Virginia Community Association InstituteSoutheastern Virginia Community Association Institute, and Washington Metropolitan Community Association Institute. Here are some photos from last year’s event.

 

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New Legislation will change the operations of your Virginia Condominium Associations and Homeowner Associations

April 20, 2012 on 7:55 pm | In Common Interest Community, Construction litigation, HOA, HOA litigation, Susan B. Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

My first year on the Community Associations Institute Virginia Legislative Action Committee (“VALAC”) was a great learning experience. The education on how our legislature works was, well, interesting. The greater educational moment came in watching the members of the VALAC volunteer for innumerable hours towards the betterment of the community association industry. Here are some of the changes in Virginia law for HOAs: Continue reading “New Legislation will change the operations of your Virginia Condominium Associations and Homeowner Associations”

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HOAs and Swimming Pools–Do you need to be ADA Compliant?

April 20, 2012 on 7:55 pm | In Common Interest Community, General Interest, HOA, HOA litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

Spring time is around the corner and the community pools will ready for the summer season. Homeowners Associations and Condominium Associations that own swimming pools, wading pools, or spas need to be aware of new requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). In July, 2010, the Justice Department issued new ADA Standards for Accessible Design, which include mandates for removing barriers to access to pools and spas. These new Standards apply to any private entity that operates a “place of public accommodation,” which may include an association. If an association limits use of its pool to its members and their guests, its pool does not fall under the requirements of the ADA. However, if an association allows non-members of the association to use its pool in exchange for some form of compensation, its pool may fall under the definition of a public accommodation. If it does, the association will have to comply with the new ADA Standards no later than March 15, 2012.

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Transfer fees paid to homeowners’ associations are safe!

March 23, 2012 on 7:55 pm | In Common Interest Community, HOA, HOA litigation, Susan B. Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) has changed its proposed rule. As you will recall, FHFA had proposed a rather sweeping rule which called into question the ability of common interest communities to collect transfer fees, capital contributions or similar one-time assessments when a property is transferred. CAI weighed in heavily on this subject matter, pointing out the negative effects of such a rule. The result is that FHFA has revised the proposed rule.

The FHFA press release stated that:

FHFA has determined to propose a rule with a narrower focus. . . . In summary, the principal differences between the proposed guidance and the proposed rule are:

1. FHFA proposes to except from the rule private transfer fees that are paid to homeowners’ associations and similar associations, and to tax-exempt non- profit organizations, where the fees are used for the direct benefit of the encumbered properties.
2. FHFA proposes to make the rule prospective in effect, so that it applies to private transfer fee covenants created after the publication date of this proposed rule.
3. FHFA allows an implementation period of 120 days for the regulated entities.

The public participation was crucial to getting the FHFA to change its proposed rule. More than 4,210 comment letters were sent to the FHFA. This included comments from CAI and numerous homeowners, cooperative, and condominium associations; individuals living within such associations; community associations; and other nonprofit organizations.


Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

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CAI Workshop in Richmond – Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership

October 3, 2011 on 2:33 pm | In Common Interest Community, General Interest, HOA, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

The Center for Community Association Volunteers for the Community Association Institute is offering an invaluable workshop called The Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership. The course is being held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is sponsored by the Central Chapter of Community Associations Institute.

For your convenience, we have attached a Registration form that provides more information.

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Recap of the 2011 Virginia Leadership Retreat

September 30, 2011 on 7:55 pm | In HOA, HOA litigation, John Tarley, Susan B. Tarley, Unit Owners Association, Weekly Tweets | No Comments

The 2011 Virginia Leadership Retreat was held this past weekend at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.  The Virginia Leadership Retreat is the leading educational and networking forum for community association professionals in Virginia. This was the 3rd annual retreat and it was a great success!  The attorneys at Tarley Robinson, PLC participated in many events at the Retreat. From teaching to sponsoring to working at the VLR, our attorneys devoted dozens of hours to this event.

Susan Tarley serves as a member of the Virginia Leadership Retreat Committee.  The Committee is comprised of members of the Washington Metro, Central Virginia and Southeastern Virginia Chapters of the Community Associations Institute.  Susan is a representative of the Central Virginia Chapter, serving on the Board of Directors as well as the Virginia Legislative Action Committee.

Both John Tarley and Susan Tarley presented educational sessions that provided community association managers with their annual continuing education credits.  Susan’s topic was Protecting Confidentiality:  The Attorney Client Privilege.  The importance and purpose of the privilege for homeowner and condominium associations was discussed along with best practice tips to protect the privilege. We have blogged many times on this important topic.

John’s area of expertise in social media provided the backdrop for his presentation on how to use social media, including Facebook, Twitter and blogging to help move management companies to the forefront in the industry. John provided a roadmap on how to implement social media into a business, and related the benefits that gained as a leading professional in the field.

The keynote speaker was one of Williamsburg’s own Deborah Reeser McKinnon who presented an inspiring session on leadership.

John, Susan and Philip Chapman, also attended the educational forums and retreat events.  The event includes many industry professionals. We find that sharing information and socializing with colleagues is a tremendous learning experience, helping us provide even better service for our clients. Pictures will follow!


Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law

Williamsburg, Virginia

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