Tag Archives: Virginia

Tag Archives: Virginia

Hey You! Get Off My Common Area!

By Lesley A.Z. Rigney While association members generally possess easement rights to use and access common area properties and facilities of the association, may members store, alter, build or grow items on the association’s common area? The answer… Generally, No!   Unless permitted by the association’s governing documents or rules adopted by the association’s board […]

The Most Important Thing Any Association Does

By Brad M. Barna I will often ask clients what they think is the most important thing that common interest community associations do. Many will say maintaining desirability via maintenance of common areas. Others will say the provision of amenities is most important or that the protection of a common aesthetic by regulating architectural design […]

Dealing with Tricky Tree Issues

By Michael Sottolano and Lauren Ritter Disputes can arise between owners and their association regarding who is responsible for maintenance or removal when once healthy trees in the community begin to show signs of death or disease, especially when the trees are located near homes or other structures.  Whether the association or owner is responsible […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Virginia EO72 (7th Amendment) in effect May 15

As vaccinations become more prevalent among Virginians, the Governor again amended his standing orders regarding the COVID19 pandemic, this time through the 7th Amendment to Executive Order 72.  The full text of EO72 (as amended) can be found here and takes effect May 15, 2021.   The main change in EO72’s 7th Amendment was increasing the outdoor gathering […]

Virginia Governor Further Loosens Phase 3 Restrictions – effective April 1

As vaccinations become more prevalent among Virginians and infection rates decrease, the Governor has again loosened restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic, this time through the 4th Amendment to Executive Order 72. The full text of EO72 (as amended) can be found here and takes effect April 1, 2021. Here is a summary  of the provisions of […]

Virginia Governor Starts to Ease Phase 3 Guidelines

Effective at midnight on Monday, March 1, 2021, Virginia will start easing a few of its Phase 3 COVID Guidelines.  According to the Governor’s press release, his amended Executive Order is in response to an encouraging decline in hospitalizations and infection rates and a continuing increase in vaccinations.  However, the Governor notes that the seven-day […]

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