State laws affecting Common Interest Communities are primarily contained in either the statutory laws of the Code of Virginia; or in the state agency rules in the Virginia Administrative Code. Searchable databases of the respective laws and rules can be accessed on the Virginia General Assembly website at http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/.
The Office of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman offers assistance and information to association members regarding the rights and processes available to them through their associations. Associations subject to the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction include Property Owners’ Associations, Condominium Associations, and Cooperative Associations. The Ombudsman is responsible for receiving “notices of adverse decision” from association members who allege an association governing body violated common interest community laws or regulations. The Office also receives reports of violations concerning timeshares. Questions may be directed to the Community Association Liaison, Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation (DPOR), P.O. Box 11066., Richmond, VA 23230-1066.(804) 367-2941 More information may be found at http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/CIC-Ombudsman/
The Common Interest Community Board is separate and distinct from the Office of the Ombudsman. The Board is the regulatory body responsible for licensing association managers, certifying certain employees of licensed management firms, receiving annual reports filed by associations, and registering condominium and time-share projects registrations. More information is available on the Common Interest Community Board page. More information may be found at http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/CIC-Ombudsman/
*The above list may not be a complete list of all laws and regulations that govern HOAs in your state. HOA-USA recommends that you reach out to a law firm that has experience in the field of HOA Law if you have questions concerning laws, state statutes or your governing documents.