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What Happens When a HOA Owner Dies?

Our population is aging and studies now show that the nation-wide housing trend is for owners to "age in place."  This trend has a lot of consequences for community associations and the boards and managers who oversee their operations.  With more and more owners choosing to stay in their independent living homes (as opposed to moving into assisted living or continuing care facilities), many associations are now grappling with the consequences.  These consequences include, for example, taking steps to ensure compliance with Federal and state Fair Housing laws which require associations to accommodate persons with disabilities.  But what happens when an owner dies?  Are there steps that the association should take?  The national online magazine,, addressed this sensitive issue in its article, "What Happens When a HOA Owner Dies?".  LeClairRyan's national Community Association law practice leader, Elizabeth White, notes in the article, "This is an area in which you want to tread lightly and respectfully." 

To read the article, click here.

Homeowners Associations and Medical Marijuana: the New Hot-Button Issue

Editor's note: Liz White was recently quoted in the following article on, concerning the challenges that community associations are facing regarding medical marijuana.

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia permit the use of medical marijuana. So far, association attorneys haven't seen pot use become a heated issue at the associations they manage--but they anticipate that it will.

 In this week's tip, we give you a head's up on some of the issues you may face when your association rules butt up against your unit owners' use of medical marijuana.

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Missed the Fair Housing Act Webinar? View it Now.

Did you happen to miss last month's Fair Housing Act webinar put on by LeClairRyan's Liz White and Brian Muse? No problem -- the webinar is available for viewing at your convenience. Just click here to be linked to the blog's "Webinars" section to find links to this webinar as well as all of the team's other webinars.

Upcoming Webinar on the Fair Housing Act

On Wednesday, May 19th, LeClairRyan's Community Association Industry Team will be hosting a free webinar entitled "The Fair Housing Act: Keeping your Community Association in Compliance and Out of Court.”

On Wednesday the 19th from noon to 1 P.M. EST, attorneys Liz White and Brian Muse will provide an overview of the Fair Housing Act and how it applies to Community Associations, and offer practical advice for how Associations can avoid fines, penalties, and lawsuits.

If you haven't already registered for this free event, click here to register now.