Category Archives: Legal

Legal Video: Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act

VAR’s Laura Farley provides an overview of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, how the law can impact leases in Virginia and how it interplays with the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act. As we recognize Veterans Day this week (November 11), … Continue reading

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VAR Legal Hotline video: Stigmatized Property

Gravesites, ghosts, and ghastly stories are not just for Halloween! VAR’s Laura Farley discusses stigmatized properties, including disclosure obligations for both the seller and the listing agent, how and when to make the disclosures, and what disclosures are prohibited.  Watch … Continue reading

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VAR Legal Hotline video: Property Management a Licensed Activity?

VAR’s Erin Barton discusses the often misunderstood topic of property management and licensing in this video. Do you need to be licensed to do property management? Which property management tasks are licensed activities? What exceptions are there, if any, to … Continue reading

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Free webinar: An Introduction to Property Management – What You Need to Know Before the Lease is Signed

An Introduction to Property Management: What You Need to Know Before the Lease is Signed Tuesday, November 8, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST Free for VAR members Join Erin Barton, VAR Staff Counsel and Laura Farley, VAR Deputy … Continue reading

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VAR Legal Hotline video: Property Management a Licensed Activity?

VAR’s Erin Barton discusses the often misunderstood topic of property management and licensing in this video. Do you need to be licensed to do property management? Which property management tasks are licensed activities? What exceptions are there, if any, to … Continue reading

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New VAR Legal Hotline video: Exemptions for the POA/Condo Act

VAR Attorney Erin Barton discusses the statutory exceptions listed in both the POA and Condo Acts where the seller does not have to provide a purchaser with a disclosure packet or resale certificate. Click the play button above or this … Continue reading

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New VAR Legal Hotline video: Lead Based Paint Regulations

Laura Farley discusses 42 U.S. Code Section 4852d which requires agents to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Lead Based Paint laws. The federal regulations define agent as “any party who enters into a contract with a seller or … Continue reading

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New Legal Hotline video: Independant Contractor Agreements

In almost all circumstances you should obtain an Independent Contractor Agreement with a real estate licensee affiliated with your firm, ex. VAR Independent Contractor Agreement Between Real Estate Broker and Salesperson Form 1700 not VAR Form 420 (a listing brokerage … Continue reading

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New VAR Legal Hotline video: Unlicensed Assistants – Do’s and Don’ts

VAR’s Erin Barton discusses the VREB regulations on what activities an unlicensed assistant is and is not allowed to do. Common Legal Hotline questions on the topic are also reviewed: What can an unlicensed assistant say on the phone? Who … Continue reading

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New VAR Legal video: Pre/Post Settlement Occupancy Agreements

VAR’s Laura Farley discusses VAR standard forms that can be used in transactions when buyers and sellers need to ensure they have somewhere to live when the actual settlement date may be in flux, including Form 1000A – Possession by … Continue reading

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