Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; statement of unit and lot owner rights. (SB1008)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Lynchburg), and Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Condominium and Property Owners' Association Acts; statement of unit and lot owner rights. Provides that every unit owner under the Virginia Condominium Act and every lot owner under the Property Owners' Association Act, who is a member in good standing of the unit owners' association or property owners' association has the right (i) of access to all books and records kept by or on behalf of the association, (ii) to cast a vote on any matter requiring a vote by the association's membership in proportion to the unit or lot owner's ownership interest, (iii) to have notice of any meeting of the executive organ or board of directors and to participate in such meeting, (iv) to have notice of any proceeding conducted against the unit or lot owner to enforce any rule or regulation of the association and the opportunity to be heard and represented by counsel at such proceeding, and (v) to have all funds of the association managed in accordance with generally accepted fiduciary standards. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103283D
01/12/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1008)
01/26/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2015Committee substitute printed 15104146D-S1
01/28/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Read second time
01/29/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104146D-S1
01/29/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1008S1
01/30/2015Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1008S1)
02/06/2015Placed on Calendar
02/06/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/11/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
02/17/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/17/2015Reported from General Laws (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Read second time
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/19/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1008ER)
02/24/2015Signed by Speaker
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1008ER)
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/17/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 286 (effective 7/1/15)
03/17/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0286)


Bob writes:

This bill lays the groundwork to protect the rights of homeowners that live in HOA's that have been eroding due to efforts of the Community Association Institute and their Virginia lobbying arm, The Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) which I'm sure will fight hard to kill this.
This bill is more than symbolic it sends a clear message to the $70 billion per year HOA industry that homeowners have rights and that they should not be trampled on.
This bill needs to be passed.

Lucy writes:

The CAI and VALAC has gotten wind of this bill and their 'go to' person in Richmond is coming out swinging in opposition. Their paid lobbyists with the Lindl Corporation came out in full force, claiming that this just opens the doors to lawsuits. Sorry, all that homeowners living in these controlled communities really want is the right to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes and property.

PatriNY writes:

I agree wholeheartedly with both Bob and Lucy. Homeowners have rights that should not be trampled on, and we deserve the right to the peaceful enjoyment of our homes and property. Further, CAI and VALAC are simply more lobbyists who are buying our government and our lives. They need to be stopped. Neither cares about homeowners. They simply want greater power and greater profit; and we are the source of their profit. Our pockets are being emptied by them. The harder we work, the more CAI and VALAC earn! ENOUGH!!