LeClairRyan’s Liz White was recently featured in an article on Board Meetings that was featured by several national media outlets, including Forbes magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Baltimore Business Journal, the Business Journal of Phoenix, and the Cincinnati Business Courier. Locally, the article was featured by NBC12. To view the article, in which Liz discusses tips for an effective board meeting (and in which she shares some humorous tidbits about board meetings gone awry), click here.

Do you think your fellow board members could use some training in the basics of community association law? Could the associations you manage benefit from several 1-hour teaching sessions? If so, then check out the LeClairRyan Community Association Team webinar library on the blog. With an ever-expanding array of webinars on topics ranging from board meeting minutes, to disclosure packets, to the Fair Housing Act, the webinar library can be accessed at any time and the webinars viewed at your convenience.

Also, stay tuned to the blog in the next few weeks for several announcements about new upcoming webinars.

The second annual Virginia Leadership Retreat came to a successful conclusion on Sunday. The LeClairRyan Community Association team departed from the Homestead around noon, along with the other conference attendees. The team would like to thank all of the participants who stopped by the exhibit table, entered the prize drawing, or attended Liz’s presentation.

We’ve now concluded our live blogging from the Retreat. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to check back with the blog regularly for a wide variety of posts on cutting-edge topics related to community associations, as well as announcements about upcoming speaking events, webinars, and other free resources.


Day 2 of the Virginia Leadership Retreat at the Homestead. At lunchtime on Saturday, in the exhibit room, the vendors set up their displays. LeClairRyan’s Community Association Team spoke to the conference attendees about the firm’s Community Association practice, and handed out a wide variety of prizes ranging from golf balls, to umbrellas, to leather travel mugs. Below, Pam Faber and Dan Quarles staff the exhibit table.




Members of our LeClairRyan Community Association Industry Team have arrived at the 2nd Annual Virginia Leadership Retreat being hosted by the Community Associations Institute at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia this weekend. Approximately 120 CAI members and their guests from around the state gathered this evening for the welcome reception. Pictured below are members of our Community Association Industry Team. From left to right: Lori Schweller, Pam Faber, Will Sleeth, Megan Scanlon, Dan Quarles, and Elizabeth White, our team leader.



Pictured above are our CAI Team members with family member guests. Pictured, left to right: John Faber, Rachel Sleeth, Will Sleeth, Lori Schweller, Pam Faber, Valerie McDonald, Megan Scanlon, Dan Quarles, Jennifer Quarles, Elizabeth White, and Dean Short.


It’s Friday afternoon, and the attendees are beginning to arrive to the Homestead for the annual Virginia Leadership Retreat conference. Under clear skies and cool weather, the participants get ready for the welcome reception. The following are some photos of the Homestead snapped by the LeClairRyan Communtiy Association Team.

The LeClairRyan Community Association Team will be blogging throughout the weekend live from the Virginia Leadership Retreat at the Homestead. (For those of you unfamiliar with the Virginia Leadership Retreat, it’s the annual Virginia weekend conference/event sponsored by CAI that is exclusively devoted to the Community Association industry).

For those of you unable to attend the event, feel free to check in frequently for updates. Even if you’re attending the event, we encourage you to check in with the blog for the latest reporting from the LeClairRyan team.

 A reader recently asked us to comment on members’ rights to inspect their property owners’ association’s books and records, such as financial information and meeting minutes, pursuant to the Property Owners’ Association Act.

A member’s right to inspect records is not only governed by the provisions of the Property Owners’ Association Act, but also by the provisions contained within the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act. The provisions of the two acts must be read in conjunction with each other, and therefore the interested member should review not only § 55-510 of the Property Owners’ Association Act in order to understand his rights, but also §§ 13.1-932 – 934 of the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act as well.

This blog post is limited to a discussion of the provisions contained within the Property Owners’ Association Act, and at some future time we will likely make a post regarding the inspection provisions contained in the Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act.

Continue Reading Records Inspection Requests by Members: An Overview

Have you signed up yet for the annual Virginia Leadership Retreat sponsored by CAI? This year’s Retreat will be held on July 30, 2010 — August 1st at The Homestead in Hot Springs.

The LeClairRyan Community Association Team will be blogging live from the Retreat with updates on all of the key events. If you can’t attend the Retreat, be sure to check in regularly with the blog for timely posts on conference events and key speaker presentations.

If you serve on the board of directors of a property owners’ association or a condominium association, or are a property manager, you need to ensure that you are looking at the correct law – the Property Owners’ Association Act, or the Condominium Act, respectively. Although both acts contain many similar provisions that bear on issues common to both types of associations, on some key issues the provisions of the acts differ, and pose a potential stumbling block to the unwary.

The potential for confusion is especially pronounced among directors in a certain type of association who frequently discuss community association issues with friends who serve as directors of a different type of association (e.g., a director of a property owners’ association discussing issues with a director of a condominium association), as well as property managers who may manage several associations, a few of which may be property owners’ associations, and a few of which may be condominium associations.

For example, § 55.510(F) of the Property Owners’ Association Act provides that a property owners’ association’s “bylaws shall specify an officer or his agent who shall, at least 14 days in advance of any annual or regularly scheduled meeting [of the members]… send to each member notice of the time, place, and purposes of such meeting.”

§ 55.79-75(A) of the Condominium Act, on the other hand, provides that a condominium association’s “bylaws shall specify an officer or his agent who shall, at least 21 days in advance of any annual or regularly scheduled meeting [of the members]… send to each unit owner notice of the time, place, and purposes of such meeting.”

The two acts differ in their provisions relating to a variety of other issues as well, such as proxies (§ 55-79.77 of the Condominium Act contains detailed provisions concerning proxies that are not found in the Property Owners’ Association Act).

The lesson is that board members and property managers need to pay close attention to the provisions of the specific applicable act, and can not just assume that the provisions of one act apply to the other form of association. When in doubt, always make the safe choice of spending a few minutes to review the provisions of the applicable act. And if you’re ever confused by or unsure of the applicability of a certain provision, don’t hesitate to contact your legal counsel for clarification.