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Service Of Process To Secured Dwellings

Concerning the service of process to individuals who live in secured residential communities.
2017 Regular Session
Courts & Judicial
Bill Summary

The bill allows a licensed private investigator to enter a common interest community for a reasonable period of time for the sole purpose of serving process after he or she presents a copy of his or her private investigator's license and a copy of the documents to be served. A licensed private investigator who is allowed access to a common interest community to serve process shall not use such access to perform any investigative activities. A common interest community that is not staffed shall adopt and implement a procedure for allowing legitimate service of process to residents.

An HOA, a community association manager of a common interest community, or a landlord of a residential premises is immune from civil liability for any damages caused by a process server who enters the community or premises to serve process to a resident unless such damages are at least partially attributable to a negligent act or omission by the HOA, community association manager, or landlord.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. J. Melton
Sen. D. Kagan



Rep. B. Pettersen, Rep. J. Salazar

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details