The Virginia Legislative Action Committee (“LAC”) had a busy 2013 legislative session. This is my third year on the LAC and each year brings new challenges. Our mission is to monitor and influence legislation affecting community associations. This year I served as the Chair of the LAC and we monitored over 30 bills and were active on over 10 of the bills. We were successful in getting some bills tabled, some modified, and some passed. All of the bills cited below are effective July 1, 2013 unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions on the impact of these changes for your community, please let us know.
Along with several other local New Town business owners, Tarley Robinson participated in the 2nd New Town Night Out. The NTBA has gathered momentum over the course of the past few months and we were extremely happy to participate with several of our business neighbors. Over 80 New Town residents attended, and they learned about several New Town businesses while enjoying fine foods and drinks. Many thanks to John and Kim Lowery for working the table! We made a Qwiki video of the event.
We had our annual Christmas/Holiday party this past Friday. It was nice to see so many friendly faces and we appreciate everyone who was able to take some time out of their day to drop by. We received an unprecedented amount of donations for our Salvation Army drive; so much so that we needed 2 more boxes in order to fit everything! It is amazing to see such generosity and we are extremely grateful to everyone that was able to donate. We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season.
Here is a picture of Scott and John loading up the pickup to deliver the goods!
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The 2012 Election is right around the corner. In Virginia we have been inundated with political ads for the two presidential candidates, a side-effect to living in a swing state. However, we have not seen any political ads on the proposed Constitutional Amendment on the Virginia Ballot on November 6. This article will discuss the proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendment and hopefully provide you with facts and access to information you need to make your decision next week.
Free HOA Seminar – Implementing a Complaint Procedure: It’s the Law in Virginia for Homeowner and Condominium Associations
Homeowner and condominium associations are required to adopt a Complaint Process by September 29, 2012. This presentation will discuss the requirements of the Complaint Process and how the Complaint Process works. Susan B. Tarley, Esquire of Tarley Robinson, PLC will present the seminar. Particular attention will be given to how associations will practically deal with complaints, and the types of complaints that are covered under the Complaint Process. The presentation will include a time for questions and answers. Click the link below for details.
Susan Tarley was quoted in an article in the Virginia Gazette on the new Complaint Procedures required by Va. Code Ann. 55-530. The Common Interest Community Ombudsman has approved final regulations for the required Complaint Procedure which are effective July 1, 2012. Community associations have until September 29, 2012 to adopt a Complaint Procedure. Read the article here.
Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law
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
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).
Tarley Robinson, PLC, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law
Virginia Homeowner and Condominium Association Complaint Procedures must be adopted by September 29, 2012
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.
Originally posted 2011-12-05 17:00:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Recent news articles reported that a Norfolk Circuit Court awarded default judgment to several homeowners against Taishan Gypsum Company, a Chinese drywall manufacturer. However, as with the other outcomes in Virginia, it is unlikely that homeowners or building supply companies will receive any benefits from this decision.
When the corrosive drywall issues first became public, concerns were raised about two possible issues: a) health effects; and b) property damage. To date, both the Centers for Disease Control and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) have found that “not enough information exists to determine the nature and magnitude of a potential health risk.” Furthermore, no deaths can be attributed to exposure to imported corrosive drywall. That is good news. Continue reading “There still are no winners in Virginia’s Chinese Drywall Cases”