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Why you still can’t swim in — or even touch — this Thurston County lake (WA)

New tests show that toxin levels in Thurston County’s Summit Lake still are more than 100 times higher than acceptable levels.  As a result, residents are being told to continue avoiding any contact with lake water, according to county officials.

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Officials search for reasons two upscale Wandermere homes’ foundations became unstable (WA)

In January, Dr. Joel McCullough agreed to pay $595,000 for a home in the upscale Wandermere Estates neighborhood north of Spokane.  At the end of March, he was told to get out, or risk his safety.  McCullough’s house and the

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Helen’s View case gets major hearing (WA)

Residents of the Helen’s View neighborhood on the edge of Ridgefield will have to wait to find out what will come of their fight against a would-be developer looking to build right next door.  In a hearing at Clark County

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Dispute over road repairs raises questions in Mill Creek (WA)

Help from the homeowners association certainly added volume to the latest complaints.  Before there was the city of Mill Creek there was the development of Mill Creek.  The nonprofit Mill Creek Community Association, formed by its developer in 1974, now

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One person dead in North Seattle condo fire (WA)

An elderly woman was killed in a condo fire Tuesday morning in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood.  It happened around 2:30 a.m.when crews responded to a suspicious odor call.      Read the article……………

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Small victory for homeowners in Helen’s View case (WA)

A small victory in the ongoing legal case between the Helen’s View Homeowners Association and developers seeking to build on an HOA remainder parcel happened last week as a county Superior Court judge ruled to remove lis pendens, or a

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Westport by the Sea condos erosion — the fix is in — again (WA)

A temporary fix for erosion issues at Westport by the Sea Homeowners Association Phase 3 was recently completed in front of the condominium complex at the foot of West Ocean Avenue in Westport. January storms that included high tides, wild

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Early morning condominium fire under investigation (WA)

Fire crews were busy putting out a fire at a condominium complex in Walla Walla. It happened on the 2200 Blk. of Plaza Way around 2:30 on Friday morning. Walla Walla Firefighters tell NBC Right Now when they got on

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Cleanup bill unresolved as development of Talus resumes (WA)

More than a year after a landslide stopped construction in Talus, development is set to begin in the subdivision after the city’s hearing examiner approved a plan to subdivide what’s known as Parcels 7 and 8……..The landslide caused damage to

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Helen’s View legal battle continues (WA)

The ongoing issue of a Ridgefield homeowners association against a would-be developer continues with a favorable court ruling in the developer’s favor happening earlier this month.  On Dec. 16, Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke granted a motion by

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Court rules in favor of developer in Ridgefield property fight (WA)

A developer seeking to build on a lot located on the edge of the city of Ridgefield scored a victory in court Friday, but the legal drama surrounding the subdivision that’s ensnared property owners won’t end until February.  Earlier this

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Clashing agreements have Ridgefield homeowner feeling stuck (WA)

That’s because Smith, who works as a sales executive, has become entangled in a legal drama between a developer, her homeowners’ association and the city of Ridgefield over the durability of a years-old agreement that restricts what can be done

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15 apartment complexes, condo buildings found violating fire alarm requirements (WA)

Fire officials in Snohomish County said more than a dozen condo buildings and apartment complexes aren’t updated with legally required fire alarms.  The compliance crackdown comes nearly a year after a fire killed a person in their Everett apartment on

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Short-term rentals, long-term fix

The planning department for the city of Spokane is trying to get the word out that short-term rental operators using online home-stay networks such as Airbnb and VRBO are required to obtain licenses from the city and state.  The Spokane

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Condo residents bonding over charity (WA)

Responding to the homeless crisis facing the city, several First Hill Plaza residents have formed a committee to provide support to local service organizations. The hope is that residents in neighboring buildings are inspired to do the same.  “It all

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Homeowners call HOA fines and penalties excessive

Owning a home is supposed to equal freedom and security, but many of the more than two million homeowners living in community associations in Washington complain they’ve lost both of those values at the hands of their association boards. KING5

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4 hospitalized, 20 displaced in Bellevue condo fire (WA)

Authorities say four people have been hospitalized and about 20 people have been displaced as the result of a blaze at a downtown Bellevue condominium building.  The Bellevue Fire Department said on Twitter Monday evening that firefighters were combatting flames

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Port Ludlow (WA) residents voice frustration over mediation between Jefferson County, Port Ludlow Associates

Residents of Port Ludlow continue to express their frustration over a perceived lack of progress in mediation between Jefferson County commissioners and Port Ludlow Associates over timber harvests around the Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort.  “The community is pretty much

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Seattle’s history of housing segregation remains apparent today

Take a look at the deed record for most of the thousands of properties in many Emerald City neighborhoods, particularly those north of the Ship Canal. This (or something similar) is what you’ll still find:  No property in said plat

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Condos flooded in Bellevue, residents dealing with damage (WA)

A Bellevue condominium building has serious water damage after a roofing mishap. Twenty units are damaged and owners living in ten of them will have to move out during repairs.  Workers were putting a new roof on the Bellevue Park

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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 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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