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Activists Use Proxies to Change Their Community Associations

Proxies are the currency of power in HOA and condominium governance. Homeowners first discover such forms enclosed with meeting notices. Proxies allow the member to cast an instructed vote on an issue or chose among candidates. Proxies can also be used to delegate one’s vote to another person participating in the meeting. Sometimes proxies are […]

Virginia Structural Integrity and Reserves Work Group

On June 24, 2021, high-rise condominium Champlain Towers South in the Surfside suburb of Miami, Florida partially collapsed, killing 98 people and injuring eleven others. One factor identified by investigators was the failure of a section of reinforced concrete damaged by water infiltration. This was truly a horrific tragedy. Following Surfside, condominium communities and state […]

Fair Housing Laws Help Condominium Unit Owners Who Need Disability Accommodations

Fair housing laws provide homeowners with protection from discrimination that can easily arise if a HOA board feels that the most recent election gives them a broad mandate to make changes to protect “property values” in the community without due regard for the personal impact of their policies. Anti-discrimination scrutiny of community association activity can […]

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John C. Cowherd

Experienced Advisor In Property & Construction Matters

I am an attorney who litigates real estate and contract rights in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. I advise and advocate for property owners and businesses in a variety of disputes, including construction, real estate, neighbor law, and community association matters.

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