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Moving From Suggestions To Mandates To Cut Wildfire Risk For Rural Homes

Some Northwest cities, counties and private developers are going beyond the minimums in the state building codes to reduce wildfire risk. They’re banning shingle roofs and requiring fire-resistant siding. They’re also making homeowners mind their landscaping.  Developer Chris Heftel made

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Runstad Center report: Addressing condo construction defect liability may help promote affordable housing in Seattle (WA)

A new study from the University of Washington’s Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies suggests that Seattle and Washington state could invite development of more affordable housing by easing the legal risk — or the appearance of risk — in

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Police seeking information about Issaquah Highlands goat release (WA)

About 250 landscaping goats escaped from their Issaquah Highlands enclosure Sunday night and Healing Hooves owner Craig Madsen expects foul play.  The Issaquah Highlands Community Association hired Healing Hooves and Rent-A-Ruminant goats to conduct summer landscaping.       Read the

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Window pane falls 300 feet from downtown Seattle high-rise condo

A scary scene unfolded Wednesday evening just a block from Pike Place Market when a high rise condo window fell more than 300 feet onto a parking lot below.  “We heard it, we could see it falling around,” said Tim

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Homeowners Association Leads Charge to Enhance its ‘Backyard’ at Black Lake (WA)

The main portion of the owners’ association project, which should begin soon and be complete in late August, will replace an existing three-pipe culvert with a modular 12-foot-wide by 30-foot-long, pressure-treated wooden bridge. About three months later, volunteers will help

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WA: Orting School Board president commits suicide as court appearance loomed for homeowners association theft

Orting School Board President Iris Lilley killed herself on the day she was to appear in court for allegedly stealing from her homeowners association.  The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the 59-year-old’s death was a suicide, but when she

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Washington Secretary of State recognizes 50 years of Fairwood Greens Homeowners’ Association

Fifty years ago, the Fairwood Greens Homeowners’ Association filed letters of incorporation with the Washington Office of Secretary of State. In recognition of the neighborhood and surrounding community of Fairwood’s historic 50th anniversary, Secretary of State Kim Wyman joined King

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‘Significant damage’ after fire at Kent condo complex (WA)

Firefighters are investigating the cause of an early-morning blaze at 5400 South 234th Place that gutted a condo complex’s shared recreation room.     Read the article………….

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Law meant to protect Wash. homeowners instead pushing up condo prices

A law meant to protect Washington homeowners is instead pushing up condo prices.  KIRO 7 investigates why the law is keeping condos from being built and making it nearly impossible to buy a place of your own.  When asked why

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Fire in Seattle (WA) condo across from Pike Place Market

A fire broke out Wednesday morning on the sixth floor of a condominium complex across from Pike Place Market.  It was reported around 6:30 a.m. at 2030 Western Avenue. Flames could be seen coming out a window.     Read the

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Grant PUD claims Sunland homeowner agreement null and void (WA)

The Grant County PUD is contending that violations by other landowners have nullified the covenant agreed to by homeowners in Sunland Estates near Quincy. The PUD says that means a lawsuit filed by the homeowners association against the PUD should

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Grant PUD files counterclaims in lawsuit by Sunland Estates (WA) over river access

In dispute about public access to the Columbia River, Grant PUD’s attorneys claim the Sunland Estates Homeowners’ Association is selectively enforcing its covenants.   The utility’s attorney, Brook Cunningham, filed a response and counterclaims to Sunland Estates Homeowners Association’s civil lawsuit

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North Whidbey (WA) community on water rations after well fails

The Campo Haciendo community on North Whidbey, a group of 61 families off West Troxell Road between Ault Field and Deception Pass State Park, has been on water rations for a week because of an ailing well, and full relief

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Frustrated Whispering Ridge (WA) Homeowners Air Concerns About Landslide Threat

Whispering Ridge Homeowners Association President Glenn Nelson shared his frustration with the ongoing threat and its impacts on him and his neighbors  Listen to the audio……….

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Drone video shows Heatherton (WA) condo complex fire; over a million dollars in damage

Authorities say nine units were a total loss. Four cars were totaled, and several others got serious heat damage.  The Red Cross is supporting three residents at a local hotel. Eight others are staying with family.   Read the article………….

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Several elderly residents displaced after roof fire at condo complex (WA)

Mary Sevigny, a resident at the complex, describes the horrible scene that she says she and her neighbors woke up to early Wednesday morning.  “The smoke was thick and that was hard and scary but everyone got out okay and

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High water keeping Dungeness (WA) homes damp

Dave Lasorsa, environmental coordinator for Clallam County Public Works, went out with fellow county staffers in early March at the request of residents seeking solutions. Their hands were tied though as impacted roads in the area are mostly private, Lasorsa

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Grant PUD accused of violating homeowner’s association rules for property use (WA)

The Sunland Estates Homeowner’s Association near Crescent Bar doesn’t want the public using two properties for public recreation.  The association filed a civil lawsuit against Grant PUD in Grant County Superior Court.     Read the article…………..

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A Forest Steward Faces Off Against Homeowners Fighting to Maintain Their Grand Views (WA)

Peter Donahue has cultivated a slice of wilderness in the city for the past three years. Now his work—and the benefits it provides—could be undone by a homeowners association.   Read the article……….

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Emergency temporary erosion fix approved for Westport by the Sea (WA)

Westport by the Sea Homeowners Association Phase 3 leadership is getting close to completing an Emergency Declaration permitting process that will allow a temporary fix for erosion issues on the shore of the Westport by the Sea condominium complex at

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Nolens arrested over missing property funds (WA)

Troubled property managers Peter and April Nolen were arrested Friday on charges of stealing from a condominium fund they were hired to administer.      Read the article…………

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Erosion watch continues at Westport by the Sea condominium complex (WA)

Homeowners at the Westport by the Sea condominium development, at the foot of W. Ocean Avenue in Westport, are continuing to watch the shoreline erode in front of their properties. Storm activity and extreme high tides this fall and winter

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Homeowners prepare for devastating disaster

Should a powerful earthquake hit the South Whidbey Island Fault, which scientists say is among the most hazardous in Western Washington, one group of Bayview homeowners will be ready.  Read the article………….

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Neighbors prepare to rely on each other (WA)

Fran Olin sorts emergency equipment that residents of her Port Orchard condo community have collected to be prepared for a major earthquake. Residents of the building have familiarized themselves with preparedness procedures, understanding that first-responders are unlikely to come to

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Court Upholds Association Foreclosure for Unpaid Fines

A Connecticut court recently upheld a foreclosure action after an owner refused to pay fines assessed for her failure to construct a deck in accordance with board approved plans. Although this case was decided by a Connecticut court and is

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Battle brewing over Christmas lights on Bothell (WA) home

A Bothell family has racked up thousands of dollars in fines from its homeowner’s association and has been told to take down their Christmas lights…….HOA rules do say holiday decorations must come down within 45 days of holiday passing and

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Sudden Valley (WA) rejects dues increases

Property owners in the communitywide homeowners association rejected four dues increases on a Saturday, Nov. 7, ballot, including a 28 percent increase for basic maintenance.  Read the article……………

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Poll: Homeowners association right

Weekend Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation says a homeowners association is right to fight Jeremy Morris’ plans to erect a huge Christmas display in his front yards, allegedly in violation of the HOA’s covenants.   Read the article…………..

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Kent condominium fire caused by discarded smoking debris

A Kent resident safely escaped a burning condominium late Wednesday, according to the Fire Department.  Crews were called just before 10 p.m. to the 5600 block of South 231st Place and found smoke and flames coming from the condo. The

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Working in partnership with HOAs (WA)

In 2008, Lake Elmo resident Sarah Hietpas called the Washington Conservation District (WCD) for advice. Her homeowners association, Hamlet on Sunfish Lake, was brand new, and landscaping in many of the common areas of the neighborhood had been left undone.

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Sudden Valley (WA) residents split over big dues increase

Leaders in this private community are asking property owners on a Nov. 7 ballot to pay a large dues increase for much-needed repairs and to get serious about routine maintenance.  Mitch Waterman, who stepped into a management position at the

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Families protest ‘unlivable’ conditions in Seattle (WA) condo building

Residents at Columbia City condos on Rainier Avenue took KOMO News on a tour of their units, showing mold growing on walls and windows. Window and door frames are also coated or so broken–they won’t even open.  They’re worried broken

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Mount Vista (WA) homeowners association files complaint

The Mount Vista Homeowners Association has filed a complaint against the members of Moving Mount Vista Forward over a recall election, which the HOA board of directors deems to be invalid.  The complaint was filed on Sept. 23 in Clark

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Debate rages on in Mt. Vista Homeowners Association (WA)

A total of 430 homeowners comprise the Mt. Vista Homeowners Association (HOA). We are situated right next door to the WSU campus. It is a beautiful neighborhood and many are beyond determined to keep it that way.  In Mt. Vista,

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Community Associations Day, September 26th

The Washington Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) is hosting its annual Community Associations Day, or “CA Day” for short, on Saturday, September 26.   Read the article………..

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Behind the veil, condos repaired (WA)

In late 2012, the owners at 2200 Westlake reached a construction-defects settlement with Vulcan — worth about $26 million, according to Windermere broker Jeff Reynolds, who blogs about the condo sector. A 12-phase repair project began in fall 2013 and

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Orting (WA) neighborhood defends watering, green lawns after scrutiny

An Orting community came under scrutiny after news broke that its neighborhood association was chiding residents for letting grass go brown during current concerns for the state’s water supply.  But the home owners association at the heart of the issue

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Some Orting (WA) homeowners required to water their lawns

The city of Orting made it clear it wants people to conserve water as much as possible.  The homeowners association in the Hidden Lakes community also made it clear it wants people to use more water.    Read the article………..

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One found dead in Clark County (WA) condo fire

lark County Fire District 6 responded to a condo fire Saturday early evening.  The fire was in a 3rd story condo in a 5 unit condo building located near NE 78th in Hazel Dell. The fire was called in as

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Mount Vista (WA) pool removal decision makes waves

For eight years, the 70,000-gallon pool sitting behind the Mount Vista Homeowners Association recreation center has sat unused.  Green grime covers the bottom and sides of the pool, turning the once-clear water murky. The plastering on the pool surface is

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Goats return to the Issaquah Highlands (WA)

Goats have returned to the Issaquah Highlands to clean up dry growth on the area’s steep hillsides, with nothing but the power of their prodigious appetites.     Read the article……….

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Major fire damages Queen Anne condo building; no injuries

Seattle firefighters battled a huge two-alarm fire at a three-story condo building in the densely populated Queen Anne neighborhood Thursday. Smoke was visible for miles across the city.  Fire Department officials said there were no injuries. The condo building had

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Message to residents: Use your air conditioner and you’ll be fined (WA)

A letter from Lakeland Homeowners Association Board of Directors warns one resident that she will be fined $30 a day for not removing an air conditioner from her window.     Read the article…………….

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Condo owners say 520 bridge work causing cracks in walls (WA)

Condo owners at the Canterbury Shores Condominiums in Madison Park believe pile driving work happening about 600 feet away caused the cracks. But the Department of Transportation says its 12 vibration monitors that stretch out to Montlake have picked up

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How Critical is Rental Percentage VS Owner Occupancy in an HOA

In previous years, the percentage of units within an building that were owner occupied was a big factor when it came to buying or refinancing using a mortgage. I wanted to clear up some recent confusion on this matter as

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Three-alarm fire at Renton (WA) condo complex

Firefighters battled a three-arm fire at the River Valley Condos on Maple Valley Highway on Sunday afternoon.  The fire was reported at about 2:15 pm. When firefighters arrived the fire was in the attic.  Deputy Fire Chief Eric Wallgren said

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Frisinger and Highlands Association given green awards

On April 10, the city of Issaquah named former Mayor Ava Frisinger and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association as recipients of city environmental awards.  Frisinger is the recipient of the 2015 Ruth Kees Environmental Award. The award recognizes individuals who

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Marysville (WA) homeowners association takes on fight against problem properties

Some neighbors in Marysville say the city isn’t doing enough to clean up properties that are a haven for crime, so now they’re taking action.  Eight to 10 complaints per day,” said Deryck McLeod , Marysville’s only code enforcement officer

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Washington Supreme Court Affirms Drainage Pipe Maintenance Decision

The Washington Supreme Court recently upheld an appellate court’s decision that the City of Bothell assumed responsibility for maintaining a drainage pipe installed in a residential subdivision in Snohomish County. The Court concluded that the only reasonable interpretation of the

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Is Your Condo Rental Cap Legal & Enforceable? (WA)

An interesting ruling regarding rental restrictions at condominiums came up in September 2014 that Washington condo owners and potential buyers should be aware of.  In the case of Filmore LLLP vs. the Unit Owners Association of Centre Pointe Condominium, the

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