Condominium allowance to head to Leavenworth City Council (WA)

Following a varied public hearing, the Planning Commission moved to approve its proposed code amendments for condominium ownership within the Residential zoning districts during its June 7 meeting. The Planning Commission’s recommendations will ultimately go before City Council for deliberation and a vote.    Read the article…………………………….

Camas homeowners association rule dispute heads to Washington Supreme Court

A neighborly dispute is headed to the Washington Supreme Court after a state appellate court decided a homeowners association rule preventing a member’s trees from obstructing others’ views could stand.  The issue stems from two homeowners in Camas’ View Ridge Estates, which sits north of state Highway 14 overlooking the Columbia River and Mount Hood.  […]

Just the judge: No jury in Homestead trial (WA)

It meant that, continuing Thursday and on into this week, contested issues regarding the north Lynden Homestead golf course and surrounding residential properties are being argued directly to Freeman for summary judgment. It is Freeman’s job to sort out what actions complied with applicable law and what did not.  At issue are the monthly maintenance […]

East Vancouver couple prevail over homeowners association on when political signs can go up before election (WA)

Homeowners associations can no longer dictate when residents put up political yard signs thanks to a Vancouver couple’s lawsuit.  Under Washington state law, homeowners associations cannot ban people from displaying political yard signs before an election. But the law doesn’t specify how long before.  That spurred an argument between Janet and Phil Landesberg and the […]

Homestead lawsuit goes to trial on April 30 (WA)

The plaintiffs’ side alone lists 66 witnesses and 101 exhibits in the multi-sided Homestead case scheduled to come to trial in Whatcom County Superior Court on Tuesday, April 30. Trial may last three weeks.  The four-year-old civil lawsuit concerns both the closed Homestead Farms Golf Club of north Lynden and some 600 surrounding properties of […]

Port of Bellingham hit with restraining order after developer Harcourt files countersuit (WA)

Harcourt Developments, the Ireland-based company constructing three multi-million dollar residential condo buildings along Bellingham’s waterfront, has filed a lawsuit against the Port of Bellingham, alleging Port officials have threatened to call police and request trespassing citations be issued if Harcourt did not remove its equipment from Port property.   Read the article…………………………….

HOA’s have different rules what it means for Police and streets (WA)

The city of Liberty Lake is known for its winding paths, street trees and homeowner’s associations. Recently, however, residents of some neighborhoods have been questioning the services they receive from the city, particularly police patrols and traffic enforcement.  Many neighborhoods in Liberty Lake were built by Greenstone Corporation, which set up HOA’s for each neighborhood. […]

Point Ruston’s legal battles grow as condo groups seek neutral party to govern site (WA)

Point Ruston’s lawsuits and financial woes now include legal action from condominium associations representing residents at the site.  On Jan. 25, five condominium associations representing building residents at Point Ruston filed a petition in Pierce County Superior Court against the Point Ruston Owners Association.   Read the article…………………………….

Lacamas Shores biofilter dispute divides neighbors in Camas (WA)

Earlier this month, a Clark County Superior Court judge ruled that a Camas homeowners’ association violated its covenants by failing to maintain a biofilter, which the complainant argues is polluting Lacamas Lake.   Read the article………………………………

Can a Homeowner Association Prohibit Political Yard Signs? (WA)

Every election cycle, homeowners often wonder if it is constitutional for their homeowner association (HOA) to require the removal of a lawn sign supporting a political candidate, especially if they suspect it is due to personal bias from a board member. The answer lies in understanding the First Amendment and the nature of community associations.  […]

Car sparks fire at Seascape Condominium garages (WA)

A charging car battery ignited a fire that spread to several garages in the Seascape Condominiums, at 1300 Peace Portal Drive, on June 30.  North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) chief Jason Van der Veen said a resident of the Seascape Condominiums was charging the car battery when smoke began pouring out of the garage […]

Hannah Heights water system highly contaminated (WA)

Hannah Heights Well #2, which provides drinking water to 46 households in the Hannah Heights HOA, was found to have Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) at levels 164 times the State Action Level (SAL) threshold. These levels are the highest numbers found in Washington state, other than one private well.  Read the article………………………..

Remembering Shady Acres: the once ‘peaceful,’ affordable community to be covered by Kittitas County Event Center expansion (WA)

Shady Acres was a mobile home community of primarily immigrant families that held 34 homes, 24 owned and 10 rented, according to a census taken by the Shady Acres Homeowners Association (SAHA) in 2016, provided by former Shady Acres resident and daughter of Margarita, Guadalupe Huitron. 66 adults and 59 children resided there at the […]

Bill aimed to prevent limitations on home daycares passes state House (WA)

The sponsor of HB-1199, Representative Tana Senn, said Washington is in a childcare crisis, with not enough options for families. That is why she was concerned when she spoke to around 90 daycare providers in the state who are either getting fined by their homeowners’ associations or are being threatened with eviction for running daycares […]

Lynnwood townhome fire kills one, displaces dozens (WA)

Today, crews from South County Fire, Everett Fire, Northshore and Shoreline responded to a late morning fatal townhome fire at 6707 196th St SW in Lynnwood that has left one person dead, two injured, and more than 20 residents displaced.  Read the article………………………..

How technology is helping remove racist language in Washington state property deeds

If you live in a home built before the 1950s, there’s a chance that lurking in its property records is racist language.  For decades in the first half of the 20th century, developers, real estate companies and communities inserted covenants into property deeds and neighborhood association bylaws that forbid Black, Asian and Jewish residents from […]

Red Cross installs more than 60 smoke alarms in Dungeness Meadows (WA)

The effort was “terrific” and “extremely well organized,” said Jane Martin, a volunteer and Dungeness Meadows Homeowners Association board member.  “No one could believe it was free,” Pratschner said.  Installations were pre-arranged with residents through the Homeowners Association, and volunteers chose Dungeness Meadows — which includes 205 manufactured, mobile and stick-built homes — for the […]

Olympia woman facing fines over sign inside her home (WA)

An Olympia woman is being threatened with fines over a sign hanging inside her home.  Shirley Pavao’s homeowners association called a Black Lives Matter sign a violation of the Lost Lake Resort community policy. However, she said she has become a target of a policy that is not legal.    Read the article………………………..

Homestead suit narrows to golf course owner (WA)

The class-action lawsuit of Homestead property owners is narrowed down to only the company owning the Homestead Farms Golf Course as defendant.  The City of Lynden and managers on behalf of 18 Paradise LLP have been removed from the legal action.    Read the article………………………..

Condo sewage leak closes shoreline south of Alki Point (WA)

Thanks for the tip about the warning signs up along part of West Seattle’s shores. Waterfront areas south of Alki Point are posted as “closed” because of water pollution. We asked Seattle Public Utilities about it and just received this statement detailing the reason for, and location of, the closures:    Read the article………………………….

Residents team up to tackle wildfire risks (WA)

The increasing frequency and severity of wildfires — and an understanding of what it means to live in wildfire country — has prompted hundreds of property owners around the valley to team up in work parties to clear brush, limb trees and load chippers.   Read the article………………….

Why are condos in Seattle so rare and expensive?

The average home in Seattle costs over a million dollars. And now, rising interest rates have made mortgages more expensive. Homebuyers just can’t seem to get a break.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Beachwalker rejects city’s easement settlement (WA)

The city of Blaine and Beachwalker Villas Association are in an easement disagreement that have already cost both parties thousands in legal fees to determine whether the city can construct a trail in front of the condominium property. A beach pathway in front of Beachwalker already connects the Semiahmoo Spit trail loop, but the trail […]

Firefighters rescue cat and lizard in Renton condo fire (WA)

Around 4:07 a.m., Renton firefighters responded to a report of a car fire that spread to a our-unit condo in the 3200 block of Southeast 12th Street in Renton.  When they arrived, they found heavy fire on the front and roof of the building, which extended to the attic.   Read the entire article……………………………….