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PWC100 Forum: HOAs, Petty Tyrants or Neighborhood Protectors?

March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

$25 - $30

RSVP by: Mar. 9 Inclement weather policy: In the event of inclement weather we will follow the PWC school closure schedule.

Dinner:  6:30 PM, Social: 7:00 PM, Program 7:45 PM 

Please note:  An RSVP is requested from everyone for planning purposes only. There is no charge for the program. Dinner is $25.00/person for members, $30 for non-members.

An advocate for homeowner associations on our panel observes:  “Condominium and Property Owners’ Associations are representative democracy in action – elected volunteers donate their time and talents for the greater good.  When owners and residents are active and engaged in their Associations, there are no better advocates for the aesthetic and financial integrity of their communities.”

Others see associations as less benign as private citizens on association boards seem to wield powers similar to a government.  Lawsuits have broken out over whether an owner could build a treehouse (Westridge), post a sign supporting the candidate of one’s choice (Alexandria), display an American flag on a mailbox (Montclair) or have a mailbox that wasn’t metal and monogrammed with the letter W (Bowie, Md.).  In the latter case, brought by one of our panelists, 96% of the homeowners had incurred a cost of $500 each for the mandated mailboxes before his legal challenge was decided by the court.

Is the protection of property value worth the surrender of individual choice to architectural review boards and the like?  What mechanisms are there to keep leaders of homeowner associations from “going too far?”  Do new laws like the 2015 Virginia Homeowner Bill of Rights restore the balance of power?

Sheyna Burt
Manassas attorney who focuses on representing homeowner associations

Dr. Keith Strong, Bowie, Md.
Scientist and homeowner,who recently won a judgment against  his homeowner

Sen. Scott Surovell
Fairfax Co. attorney,who represents homeowners challenging decisions of homeowner associations

Gayle Whitlock
Lake Ridge businesswoman

John Harms
Committee of 100 Treasurer,
Military lawyer residing in the Montclair community




March 16
6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
$25 - $30
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