Thank you to all that have answered prior calls for action – with your calls and e-mails to members of the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee, Delegate Bulova's House Bill 1554 was reported out of committee (14-1) and will be considered by the full Senate this week.
Despite passing the House of Delegates 99-0 and being reported from the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee 14-1, the Virginia Legislative Action Committee expects opposition to the bill from the Senate floor.
VALAC is again asking that all community association volunteer leaders and community managers again contact members of the Virginia Senate asking that they vote "YES" and support House Bill 1554. Our continued support is critical to the passage of the bill.
House Bill 1554 is available here and is likely to be voted on by the Senate as early as this Wednesday, February 15, 2017, so immediate action is required.
In your e-mail, briefly introduce yourself. If you previously contacted the Senator about House Bill 1554 (or Senate Bill 1096), please thank the Senator for their continued support throughout the session. Let the Senator know you are a constituent that lives in or works with community associations in the district. Tell him or her how many individuals reside in the association (total number). Mention that you are a member of CAI, and CAI is international organization dedicated to building better communities through education and advocacy.
CAI's mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in communities that are preferred places to call home. Be clear on what you want the Senator to do - Ask directly for his or her support to House Bill 1554. Include any of the bulleted talking points provided above and share any specific experience with the difficulty of amending documents.
After contacting the Senator, please complete our advocacy reporting form.
HB 1554 Background
In 2013, a lot owner filed suit
against a Williamsburg property owners association challenging the validity of
a 2008 amendment to the declaration, arguing that the amendment was not valid
because the amendment was not approved according to the process specified in
the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act. The amendment had been
approved by lot owners according to the process established in the recorded
governing documents. And, the amendment included a certification that the
proper document-based process had been followed and the required owner approvals
obtained. The certification did not follow the specific language of the
Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act – but could not – because the
amendment followed the document based requirements. The Virginia Property
Owners’ Association Act should only apply if the documents do not address
The Circuit Court ruled in favor of
the Association; the lot owner appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of
Virginia which reversed the Circuit Court, finding that because the amendment
was not approved by the process established in the Act and certified as such -
the amendment never became effective.
Thank you again for your
support to VALAC throughout this session – the end is near. Let’s finish
this session strong and continue to do what’s best for Virginia communities.