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  • Peace flag defender sparks online debate: The Ridge at Eagle Crest bans all flag displays but the Stars and Stripes (OR) May 7, 2024
    The Eagle Crest area west of Redmond is home to seven neighborhoods’ homeowners associations, one of which recently sparked debate by moving to ban the display outside homes of all flags except the US flag.   Read the article…………………………….
  • No peace symbol! Eagle Crest HOA cracks down on unauthorized flags (OR) May 5, 2024
    No peace symbols. That’s the message one man in Eagle Crest got from his homeowner’s association in what he calls a newly enforced ban on most flags.  Ken Bauman was notified this week his tie-dyed peace symbol flag did not meet the requirements, in a letter sent from The Ridge at Eagle Crest Owners Association. He said the rules permanently prohibit all flags throughout the neighborhood with the exception of the U.S. flag.   Read the article…………………………….
  • ‘It’s become us versus them’: Beaverton families face thousands in fines from HOA board, little recourse (OR) March 21, 2024
    A group of Beaverton homeowners, facing thousands of dollars in fines from their neighborhood’s HOA board, tried to remove their board president from his position — only for the board to change the neighborhood’s bylaws the very next day, making it ‘essentially impossible’ to be removed from power.     Read the article…………………………….
  • River’s Edge Golf Course sold to homeowners association (OR) March 15, 2024
    The River’s Edge Community Master Association announced its purchase of Bend’s River’s Edge Golf Course.  The members of the association closed the sale and received the recorded title to the property on Friday morning.  “This is a wonderful day for the community,” said Jeff Kramer, president of the association. “We saved the golf course, and by doing so preserved a beautiful and precious amenity for our homeowners, and an iconic public golf course for the Bend community.”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Cosmopolitan residents battle over Pearl District condo tower’s $31 million repair bill (OR) March 9, 2024
    For Tom Garcia, life at the posh Cosmopolitan condo tower became untenable during a heat wave last August.  The Pearl District building’s troubled HVAC system failed, again, meaning no air conditioning. The glass walls of his southwest-facing unit magnified the afternoon sun.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Here’s what it takes to remove racist language from Oregon home deeds March 7, 2024
    Lake Oswego homeowners Gerrit Koepping and Elisabeth Zeller were the first Oregonians to remove long illegal discriminatory language from their property deed and have the historic document archived under a new law that took effect Jan. 1.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Legal battle may resume between Lake Oswego condo association and builder of new luxury penthouses (OR) March 1, 2024
    A Lake Oswego condominium association recently asked the Clackamas County Circuit Court to reopen a civil case against the owners of a luxury complex along State Street.  The Oswego Talisman Condominium Association had initially filed a lawsuit against the owners of the future Frances condominiums, Hugh Development (and its affiliated LLC North D State), over a sewer line that the association alleges was ruptured during construction of the luxury condos next door.   Read the article…………………………….

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  • Navigating the Challenges of a Hard Insurance Market
    As board members of a homeowners association (HOA), it is crucial to stay informed about the ever-changing dynamics of insurance markets. These markets can fluctuate between being hard or soft, which directly impacts the premiums and coverage options available to your community. In this blog post, we will explore the differences between hard and soft insurance markets and discuss practical strategies for HOA board members to navigate the challenges of a hard insurance market.  Read the article………………………..
  • Food production in HOAs (OR)
    Egg prices were so high in some states at the beginning of 2023 that some people started joking about buying live chickens instead. This way, they could have a personal supply of eggs. But homeowners living in Oregon may soon get that opportunity if they really wanted to try farming their own eggs.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOAs Must Understand Use and Power of Contracts
    The board of directors in a homeowners association (HOA) is responsible for the functionality and governance of the community. One of the powers and duties delegated to the board of directors is the power to negotiate and enter into contracts, which is highly significant to the operation and bylaws of an HOA.   Read the article………………………..
  • How far will you go to reduce your wildfire risk?
    No one wants to lose their home in a wildfire. But what pushes people to act beforehand to protect their property — to cut down overgrown shrubs around decks, prune low-hanging tree branches or clear dead leaves from gutters?   Read the article………………………..
  • Where and why more new homes are getting wrapped into homeowner associations
    In the low-interest rate era that followed the 2008 housing crisis, real estate developers rushed to build housing stock to meet rising demand. Federal data suggests that nonprofit associations have been set up at an increasing rate to govern these new developments.  Read the article………………………..
  • Open Meetings In Oregon HOAs & Condos
    Oregon homeowners associations and condominium unit owners associations are subject to open meetings laws. The laws are found in ORS 94.640 for planned communities, and ORS 100.420 for condominiums. However, each of those statutes was amended by the legislature in 2021 by the adoption of Senate Bill 329. The rules for Oregon planned communities and condominiums are essentially identical.   Read the article………………………..
  • Receiverships in HOAs and Condos (OR)
    Volunteering to serve on the Board of a Community Association can, unfortunately, often feel like a thankless job. In many cases, conflict among the Directors, or between owners and the Board, can make service to the community an extremely stressful experience. Several of our clients have reported that they are finding it difficult to recruit new volunteers willing to serve, and they wonder what will happen to their Association if no members are willing to volunteer. Typically, the only alternative ...

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Oregon Condominium & Homeowner Association Laws

Condominium Act

Planned Communities Act

Nonprofit Corporation Act

Tax on homeowners association income

 

Oregon Condominium & Homeowner Association Resources

A Fair Housing Guide for Home Owner Associations in Oregon (PDF)

Community Associations Institute – Oregon Chapter

Oregon Washington Community Association Managers – was established in 2002 to serve community association managers and service providers of the Pacific Northwest. The primary goals are to enhance professional image, represent proposed licensing and legislation, promote education and provide a network for business opportunities.

Central Oregon Regional Council – CORC has been established to provide an opportunity for Central Oregon homeowner association volunteer leaders, community managers, management companies and business partners to participate in local education programs. CORC does this through educational seminars, workshops, luncheon meeting where recognized experts in the industry share their experience and training with attendees.

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The law firm of Vial Fotheringham LLP has a large number of articles available

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