GCA Disclosure Packet
The Virginia Property Owners Association Act (the Act) provides rights to buyers for property that is controlled by a community association. The buyer is entitled to GCA information called out in the Act, and if the information is not received, the buyer has the legal right to cancel the contract (§ 55-509.4). The Act requires that the GCA provides a physical inspection of the property and the preparation and issuance of a GCA Disclosure Packet as required by § 55-509.5 which states the disclosure packet should contain “A statement that any improvement or alteration made to the lot, or uses made of the lot or common area assigned thereto are or are not in violation of the declaration, bylaws, rules and regulations, architectural guidelines and articles of incorporation of the association.” Upon request by the seller or the seller’s agent, GCA's management company, Associa, conducts an inspection of the property, provides a report, and delivers the Disclosure Packet in accordance with the Act.
To ensure all property exterior issues are considered during the GCA Disclosure Packet Inspection, the GCA is providing this checklist for Associa property inspectors which ensures: the property complies with the GCA Covenants & Restrictions and other governance documents; and there are no outstanding actions against the property owner for late assessment payments and liens, architectural issues (e.g., fences around HVAC units), or infractions regarding the GCA common property (e.g., colonization of common areas).
Usually the realtor will make arrangements to obtain the Disclosure Packet, but you may also request a packet by logging onto www.associaonline.com and clicking the link at the top to "order resale documents". Scroll down and click the "Community Group" link. This will take you to their "Community Archives" page, where you will be able to log in to order your packet.