Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; recovery of attorney fees, costs, and interest. (HB410)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patrons Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), and Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; recovery of costs and interest.  Provides that in cases in which the prevailing party is the association in an action against an owner for nonpayment of assessments in which the owner has repeatedly failed to pay assessments levied by the association, the award of reasonable attorney fees, costs expended in the matter, and interest on the judgment is mandatory with the court. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12103406D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2012Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/30/2012Referred from Courts of Justice
01/30/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/31/2012Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
02/01/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/02/2012Reported from General Laws with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Read first time
02/07/2012Read second time
02/07/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2012Engrossed by House as amended HB410E
02/07/2012Printed as engrossed 12103406D-E
02/08/2012Read third time and passed House (95-Y 2-N)
02/08/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2012Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/20/2012Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (11-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Read third time
02/23/2012Reading of amendments waived
02/23/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/23/2012Passed by for the day
02/24/2012Read third time
02/24/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2012Passed Senate with amendments (31-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Placed on Calendar
02/28/2012Senate amendments agreed to by House (97-Y 1-N)
02/28/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB410ER)
03/05/2012Signed by Speaker
03/07/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2012Placed on Calendar
04/18/2012House concurred in Governor's recommendation (94-Y 1-N)
04/18/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (35-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
04/18/2012G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2012Reenrolled bill text (HB410ER2)
04/18/2012Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2012Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 758 (effective 7/1/12)
04/18/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0758)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


An HOA Board member writes:

A fair and much needed change to recover costs incurred.

Fred H. writes:

What is the purpose of this bill? Don't homeowner's association's already have the right to recover the fees incurred to collect overdue assessments. In fact, don't they have the right to take your home away from you through non-judicial foreclosure if you fail to pay assessments? What's next? Debtor's prison because you can't don't pay an assessment? How about some laws that make boards of directors accountable for their actions?! Now that would a law worth passing.
And why is this legislator rewriting a private contact that I entered into years ago when I bought my home? This is government at its worst.