Condominium unit owners’, homeowners’, and property owners’ associations in Virginia are subject to various statutes and regulations as established by the General Assembly and the Common Interest Community Board, respectively. Below are links to those statutes and regulations that may apply to Virginia community associations.
Various chapters of the Code of Virginia apply to common interest communities in Virginia. Importantly, identifying which chapters apply to your community depends entirely on your association’s particular make-up. The most commonly cited chapters of the Code include:
Notably, there are other sections of the Code of Virginia that may apply to your community; therefore, it is important to retain a Virginia community association attorney to help you identify what laws apply to you!
In addition to the statutes laid out in the Code of Virginia, community associations in the Commonwealth are also subject to regulations adopted by the Common Interest Community Board (“CICB”). The CICB is a policy board in the executive branch of the Virginia government established under Virginia Code §54.1-2348 provided with the authority to regulate, to a certain extent, the licensing of common interest community managers and the actions of common interest communities. The CICB is made up of 11 members, including 3 common interest community managers, 1 attorney, 1 certified public accountant, 1 time-share industry representative, 2 common interest community developers, and 3 citizens who serve or have served on a governing board of an association.
In regulating the actions of common interest communities, such as condominiums unit owners’, homeowners’, and property owners’ associations, the CICB has adopted the Common Interest Community Ombudsman Regulations, which can be accessed here. These Regulations require, among other matters, that all community associations register with the CICB and establish an association complaint procedure. The association complaint procedure is further explained on our Virginia CICB Ombudsman Determinations page.
The CICB’s website has a significant amount of available information and can be accessed here. However, as with all of the other information on our webpage, nothing should be substituted for retaining experienced legal counsel to help you navigate the thicket of community association law.