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Revisiting Flag Restrictions on Flag Day

By Tiago D. Bezerra On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution establishing the general design of the flag of the United States of America.  In fall 1949, over one hundred seventy years later, June 14th was designated as Flag Day, a day of national observation for all Americans.  In recognition of Flag […]

2022 Virginia Legislative Update

By Tiago D. Bezerra For the first time since 2014, the Virginia General Assembly convened with the legislature featuring divided party control between the Republican-controlled House of Delegates and the Democrat-controlled Senate.  The previous two sessions featured Democratic control of both houses of the General Assembly, and the five legislative sessions before that were under […]

What Community Associations Need to Know About Virginia’s Latest COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

VOSH Revokes the Virginia Permanent COVID-19 Standard. In these continuing strange and challenging times, it is not always easy to keep up with the latest information and regulations regarding COVID-19, and their impact on our communities.  When it comes to association obligations, it continues to evolve, every day.  Below, please find a summary of the […]

Update on Virginia Law: Covenants On Solar Panels

Update on Virginia Law: Covenants Restricting Solar Panels By: Dan Blom Solar Panel Provisions Find a New Home Effective October 1st, please be aware that the statutory provisions restricting the authority of associations to prohibit solar panels (and other solar energy collection devices) found a new “home” in the Virginia Code. Specifically, the restrictions formerly […]

Complying with New FDCPA Regulations

COLLECTIONS CORNER: The “Validation Notice” and Complying with New FDCPA Regulations By: Allen Warren If your association refers delinquent accounts to our firm (or any other law firm or collection agency), you may notice a few changes to debt collection policies and procedures, such as references in collection status reports to sending a “validation notice” […]

DC Council Approves Virtual Condominium Membership Meetings

There is big news for DC condominium associations regarding their ability to hold virtual annual membership meetings. After emergency COVID legislation allowing virtual meetings had expired, the DC Council has finally re-authorized electronic meetings for DC condominium associations effective immediately. Since 2014, DC condominium boards of directors have been able to hold meetings virtually; however, […]

Early Lessons from the Condominium Collapse

The tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida has brought a laser focus to the community association industry, particularly issues involving evaluation of structural components and the way volunteer boards manage their communities.  While it remains too early to tell the precise reasons for the collapse and any potential misjudgments that led to […]

Virginia issues new Executive Order regarding masks and facility restrictions

By a new Executive Order 79 (“EO79) dated May 14, 2021, Governor Northam announced a number of major changes to Virginia’s COVID policy, including an elimination of almost all COVID-19 related restrictions, effective at midnight on May 28, 2021. EO79 (and the 7th amended EO72, which remains in place until May 28) also eliminated Virginia’s previous […]

DC Mayor Lifts COVID Restrictions as of May 21, Changes Mask Guidance

By Order dated May 17, 2021, the Mayor of the District of Columbia eliminated almost all COVID-19 related restrictions, effective as of 5:00am on May 21st. The Order also eliminates the DC mask mandate and introduces mask guidance that matches with recent CDC guidance that removes mask recommendations for vaccinated persons. The Order also extends […]

Virginia Governor Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate / Plans to Lift Other Restrictions on May 28th

Effective May 14, 2021, Virginia’s Governor lifted the state’s indoor mask mandate (with a few exceptions) to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Per the Governor’s press release: “The CDC guidelines state that fully-vaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings, except on public […]

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