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VA Governor Signs Community Association Pay Bill

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Virginia Governor Tim Kaine recently signed a revision of the Property Owners' Association Act (POAA) that allows community association members to get salary information for the top six employees earning over $75,000. The revision takes effect July 1. Currently, only aggregate salary information is available. The bill also specifies that all books and records of the association, including individual salary information for all employees and payments to independent contractors, be made available to members of the association's board of directors.

Association Not Liable for Member’s Water Intrusion

Facts: A member sued his condominium association to compel the association to make repairs to the common area to prevent water intrusion and flooding into the lower level of the member's condominium. During a period of heavy rainfall, there was standing water in the member's condominium.

Association’s Parking Rule Deemed Valid

Facts: A member sued to have a court declare whether a parking rule approved by the association's board of directors was valid and enforceable. The board passed a rule prohibiting members from parking anything but a single motorized vehicle in a member's assigned parking space. The member testified that he was using his assigned parking space to park a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, and he claimed that the rule was passed solely to eliminate his parking arrangement.

Ruling: The trial court ruled for the association.

Association Didn’t Discriminate Against Members

Facts: An African-American couple filed a discrimination lawsuit against their association. The members asked the court for a judgment without a trial in their favor.

Association Didn’t Violate Meeting Notice Requirements

Facts: In a four-unit condominium, a member sued the other three members of the association for allegedly violating the association's notice provisions for a meeting and breaching their fiduciary duties by voting for a proposed amendment.

Developer Didn’t Have Actual Notice of Condo’s Structural Defects

Facts: A Virginia condo association sued the condominium's developer for construction defects related to the exterior of the condominium buildings. The developer used a corporation and two limited liability companies to hold title to and manage development of the condominium project. The association alleged that the developer had made improper monetary transfers from the companies to him and used the companies to fraudulently avoid obligations owed to the association.

U.S. Foreclosure Filings Jump 30 Percent in February

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Foreclosure filings in the U.S. climbed 30 percent in February from a year earlier as the worsening economy thwarted efforts by the government and lenders to prevent homeowners from losing property.

Avoid Pitfalls When Leasing Condo Roof Space to Wireless Providers

In these challenging economic times, some condo associations are stretched to think of new ways to offset dwindling assessments. One potentially lucrative option is to lease rooftop space for antenna installation. The proliferation of cell phones, broadband, paging, wireless Web, and related technologies has driven the demand for wireless companies to increase their coverage areas and data transmission capacities.

Assessing Liability for Water Damage Caused by Leaky Roof

Q Due to a leaking roof, rainwater entered the building and caused damage to a condo member's unit. As is typical, the master deed of our condo association requires the association to maintain the roof and other common elements, and requires condo members to maintain the interior of the units.

Association May Be Liable for Slip-and-Fall

Facts: A member sued an association after she fractured her ankle when she slipped and fell while walking on the stairways and landing outside her condominium. The stairways and landing are within the common elements of the condominium property maintained by the association.