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Representing the Interests of McLean Area Residents For Over a Century

          The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) is a volunteer, non-governmental organization that has served since 1914
          as an unofficial town council for the residents of the McLean Area, which has no governmental structure of its own.
          MCA has provided a forum for McLean area residents to have a voice in resolving community problems and
          county-wide issues affecting the area.

Date: 11/23/2019
Subject: HOA/CA Leader Forum Take Aways
From: McLean Citizens Association

Dear Members and Homeowners and Condominium Association Leaders:


MCA hosted Homeowners (HOA) and Condominium (CA) Association leaders at a Leader Forum held on November 13, 2019.  The Forum focused on legislated responsibilities of HOA and CA Board of Directors, resources provided by the Fairfax County Office of Consumer Affairs and Virginia State Common Interest Property registration and complaint procedure requirements.   The program for the Leader Forum with links to handouts are available to members and non-members on the MCA website.  (HOA & CA Leader Forum Program).


Guest speaker Heather Gillespie, Virginia Common Interest Ombudsman, relayed that all HOA/CAs must register and submit a Complaint Procedure with the Common Interest Community Board.    The Complaint Procedure must spell out the process that will be followed by the HOA/CA Board of Directors when a property owner submits a complaint to the HOA/CA Board of Directors.


Ms. Thompson, Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch, talked about the Homeowner and Condominium webpage maintained by her office.  The webpage lists publications and resources Fairfax County offers to community leaders.  She encouraged boards to sign up to have their contact information included in the voluntary listing of Homeowners, Condominium and Civic Associations.   State and Fairfax County officials use this listing to contact communities when an issue might impact their neighborhood.


Ms. Kimberley O’Halloran-Perez, Attorney, Rees Broome, PC, concentrated on 2019 Virginia Legislative updates impacting HOAs and CAs.  Most of the legislative changes related to required disclosure of the adequacy of reserves and the cost of maintaining stormwater runoff facilities, and rules related to home daycare centers.  She also discussed the recent Virginia Supreme Court ruling related to holiday decorations.   Sainani v. Belmont Glen HOA.


Our guest speakers’ PowerPoint presentations are available to MCA members on the MCA website (VA CIC Complaint Process Presentation, FX CO Homeowners and Condo Association Resources Presentation, 2019 VA Legislative and Case Law Update).  Not a Member?  Sign up for a full membership (annual $15) or a trial membership (free) at Member Signup / Information . 

Linda Walsh
MCA Board Member
Event Coordinator
(703) 300-0819



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