For the last several years I have been honored to serve as one of SEVA-CAI’s Delegates to the Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC). The VALAC does important work in educating legislators about the needs of community associations and in helping to craft or block legislation which affects those community associations. The process begins each year in the Fall and the most significant work ends in the Spring, with new laws slated for implementation on July 1 of each year. This year the VALAC started by evaluating hundreds of bills to see what would impact our constituency and then narrowed our focus to 134 bills, the majority of which we viewed as an unreasonable interference with the rights of community associations and which were subsequently withdrawn or defeated. Significant among the defeated bills were those which would have (1) removed licensing requirements for community association managers (which have been in place for only a few years), (2) permitted the imposition of criminal penalties for violations of the Condominium Act by community associations (among others) and (3) established the right of political candidates to engage in campaign activities on condominium property.
A summary of the new laws which will be taking effect is provided below.
Last month we posted a summary of other new laws in Virginia to be effective on July 1, 2019.