A Few Tips on Construction Contracts in Virginia

Whether you are redoing your office condo, putting an addition on your house, or undertaking any other type of construction project, there are a few things to keep in mind as you select a contractor and get the construction process underway. Following these tips will not guarantee a problem-free project, but may reduce the chances of having problems and make that those occur easier to handle. First select a legally qualified contractor. Ask to see the contractor’s Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation license. In Virginia, contractors must have a DPOR license which has two components: Class and Specialty.... READ MORE >

Regulation of Airbnb & Other Short-Term Rentals in Virginia

The provision of short-term rentals via online platforms such as Airbnb, FlipKey and HomeAway is part of the growing “shared economy.” In 2017, the Virginia General Assembly established a framework by which local governments may regulate these and other short-term rentals. The law defines a short-term rental (STR) business as “the provision of a room…intended for occupancy for…lodging purposes, for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days, in exchange for a charge….” Homeowners, landlords, or tenants considering whether to cash in on the STR trend, or board members of an HOA or a condominium association deciding whether (or on... READ MORE >

Landlords: Does your Pet Policy violate the Law?

Under federal and Virginia fair housing laws, a landlord must provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. A person is considered disabled when he or she has a physical or mental impairment that that substantially limits one or more of that person’s life activities, and that person has a record of having the impairment or is regarded as having the impairment. Many people who have invisible disabilities are assisted by emotional support animals (ESAs). An ESA is an animal that helps a person alleviate symptoms of a mental or emotional impairment by providing companionship and affection. Unlike service animals, such... READ MORE >