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  • Point Ruston’s legal battles grow as condo groups seek neutral party to govern site (WA) February 17, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Condo group sues State Farm for water damage 30 years too late: Court (WA) December 20, 2023
    A Tacoma, Washington, condominium association that sued a State Farm Insurance Co. unit for water damage filed its suit nearly 30 years too late, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, affirming a lower court ruling.   Read the article………………………………..
  • Kennewick adopts new speed hump rules. Half in this neighborhood had to be ripped out (WA) December 11, 2023
    The Canyon Lakes Property Owners Association went through what they thought was the correct process and were issued a one time permit because city staff didn’t realize there was guidance in the rarely used administrative code.  It cost about $75,000 out of the owner association’s own funds.   Read the article……………………………
  • Lacey residents ask city for help with HOA board, accusing it of being ‘out of control’ (WA) November 19, 2023
    Four residents came before Lacey City Council on Thursday, urging the city to help them with a homeowners’ association board that they accused of being “out of control,” “rogue,” and of “twisting and violating HOA rules to fit their agenda.”    Read the article…………………………..
  • Washington appellate court hears dispute over state yard sign law November 4, 2023
    Under Washington state law, a homeowner association can’t ban people from displaying political yard signs before an election.  But the law doesn’t specify if there’s a time limit on how long before.   Read the article………………………………
  • Lacamas Shores biofilter dispute divides neighbors in Camas (WA) October 3, 2023
    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………………………………
  • Hardship assistance hard to come by for condo owner displaced by fire in Burien (WA) September 25, 2023
    A fire at a condominium complex in Burien is causing huge financial complications for the owner of one of the units, who has seen her housing costs more than double and still can’t move back into her badly damaged property.   Read the article………………………..
  • Can a Homeowner Association Prohibit Political Yard Signs? (WA) August 10, 2023
    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.   Read the article………………………..
  • Homeowners face $32,000 lawsuit from Pierce County over homeless camps on their properties (WA) August 4, 2023
    Pierce County is suing Golden Oak homeowners for $32,000 as they struggle to clean up homeless encampments on the shaded parts of their property.   The group of trees that runs across the backyard of neighbors’ houses has recently become a sanctuary for the homeless who have set up plywood and tent structures in the small patch of forest. But Percy Williams who lives on the property says that he never know that the property was their responsibility in the first ...
  • Lacamas Shores biofilter dispute divides neighbors in Camas (WA) July 27, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Lakewood residents on edge as 27 car prowls strike local condominiums in a single weekend (WA) July 26, 2023
    Lakewood residents are on high alert after 27 vehicles were broken into over the weekend.  The Lakewood Police Department (LPD) said they were investigating the string of car prowls that took place between July 21 and 22.   Read the article………………………..
  • Two dead after Mountlake Terrace condo fire (WA) July 20, 2023
    Two women died and other residents were displaced after a Monday night fire at a condominium building in Mountlake Terrace.   Read the article………………………..
  • Car sparks fire at Seascape Condominium garages (WA) July 6, 2023
    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 and grew quickly to the two garages on either side.   Read the article………………………..
  • Three condo units across from Lake Ballinger heavily damaged by fire Monday night (WA) July 4, 2023
    (Update – 2 found dead) South County Fire crews responded to a fire at Lake Village Condos in Mountlake Terrace Monday night. The blaze heavily damaged three units of a two-story building in the 22700 block of Lakeview Drive, said South County fire spokesperson Shawneri Guzman. It wasn’t immediately known if anyone was inside the units, she said.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘We are stunned’: Condominium drenched in poisonous fluid amid construction vehicle malfunction (WA) June 23, 2023
    A group of neighbors are in a messy situation, literally, after part of a construction vehicle malfunctioned Tuesday on a job site, shooting poisonous fluid into the air, sending it raining down across personal property.   Read the article………………………..
  • Two injured in Skyway condo building fire (WA) June 19, 2023
    A fire at a Skyway condominium complex injured two people and spread to nearby brush, according to the Renton Fire Department.   Read the article………………………..
  • Two-alarm fire at condo in Skyway injures two (WA) June 6, 2023
    A fire in Skyway at a condo injured two people Monday afternoon, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.  Read the article………………………..
  • Two Bills Sponsored by State Rep. Joel McEntire Signed Into Law by Gov. Inslee (WA) May 15, 2023
    House Bill 1043 will streamline rules and regulations in common interest communities. Depending on the type of community and the timeframe it was created, interest communities could be governed by any one of four statutes.  Read the article………………………..
  • Hannah Heights water system highly contaminated (WA) May 2, 2023
    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) April 13, 2023
    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 time of the acquisition, nearly an even split between minors and adults.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bill that would prevent HOA’s from banning child care passes state Senate (WA) April 7, 2023
    The Washington state Senate passed House Bill 1199 that would stop landlords and homeowner’s associations from placing restrictions on at-home childcare operations on April 6.   Read the article………………………..
  • Washington Senate backs reduction in building requirements for smaller condo projects in bid to lower costs February 16, 2023
    Condominiums with fewer than 12 units and fewer than three stories would be exempt from certain requirements prior to construction if a bipartisan bill passes in the state Legislature this session.   Read the article………………………..
  • ‘We’re sitting ducks’: Lake City residents fed up with condo building burglaries (WA) February 9, 2023
    Residents in a Lake City building said they are afraid to sleep in their homes at night because of burglars who continually break into their building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Bill aimed to prevent limitations on home daycares passes state House (WA) January 29, 2023
    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 in their homes.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lynnwood townhome fire kills one, displaces dozens (WA) December 25, 2022
    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………………………..
  • Condo HOA Wants Insurer to Pay $11.5M in Hidden Storm Damage Suit (WA) December 3, 2022
    This Thursday, the Seattle-area condo association filed a lawsuit against Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. and at least 10 other insurers, accusing them of refusing coverage for approximately $11.5 million in hidden water damage.  Read the article………………………..
  • How technology is helping remove racist language in Washington state property deeds November 29, 2022
    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 living in those homes.    Read the article………………………..
  • Federal Judge Orders Deposition of Attorney in Insurance Bad Faith Case (WA) November 18, 2022
    In the case of Water’s Edge Condominium Owners Association v. Affiliated FM Insurance Company, in the U.S. District Court of Seattle Washington, Judge James L. Robart, made a precedent-setting ruling by granting Plaintiff’s 69 Motion to Compel.   Read the article………………………..
  • Red Cross installs more than 60 smoke alarms in Dungeness Meadows (WA) November 9, 2022
    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 proximity between homes, and age of homes, she said.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOMESTEAD LAWSUIT: Scholten father and son willing to run golf course, but not until lawsuit is gone (WA) November 3, 2022
    But Scholten says he will not be buying if he must deal with a new overall homeowners association for the 600-plus Homestead homeowners surrounding the course as part of the original Planned Residential Development. And for sure, he will not be doing anything as long as there is an active lawsuit hanging overhead — with one of its objectives to have the encompassing new HOA.   Read the article………………………..
  • Olympia woman facing fines over sign inside her home (WA) September 30, 2022
    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………………………..
  • Mount Vernon homeowners push back on plans to turn former golf course into Christian retreat (WA) September 22, 2022
    The Eaglemont community was built 30 years ago as a public golf club.  A total of 277 homes surround the Eaglemont Golf Course, which closed and was resold during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now, it’s future sits in a bit of a sand trap.    Read the article………………………..
  • Eaglemont owner won’t pay for what’s needed to reopen golf course (WA) September 16, 2022
    The new owner of Eaglemont Golf Course has no intention of reopening the course without outside financial support, according to a letter sent to the course’s neighbors and the city of Mount Vernon.   Read the article………………………..
  • Eaglemont residents ask Mount Vernon to weigh in on golf course closure (WA) September 13, 2022
    Begley said the homeowners association has hired legal representation, and believes that based on the city ordinance that allowed the Eaglemont development to be built, the new owners are required to operate the property as a public golf course.  Read the article………………………..
  • Homestead suit narrows to golf course owner (WA) September 7, 2022
    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………………………..
  • Police: Condo resident arrested after threatening employee with rifle, sword (WA) September 3, 2022
    A man who police said threatened to kill a condo complex employee with a sword and gun was arrested Wednesday but not until after he held officers in a standoff for more than an hour.   Read the article………………………..
  • Neighbors at The Preserve threatened with annexation and a big bill (WA) July 9, 2022
    The little-known Hopkins Drainage Ditch District #2 in Thurston County is seeking up to $380,000 from the owners of homes in The Preserve at Tumwater Place.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo sewage leak closes shoreline south of Alki Point (WA) July 7, 2022
    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) July 7, 2022
    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? May 3, 2022
    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) April 7, 2022
    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 the city proposes would connect the adjacent Marin and Semiahmoo Shores properties through a more inland pathway.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Firefighters rescue cat and lizard in Renton condo fire (WA) March 27, 2022
    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……………………………….
  • College Place agrees to take ownership of private infrastructure at Autumn Meadows to ensure improvements are made (WA) February 10, 2022
    The Autumn Meadows Homeowners Association, which governs a residential subdivision in College Place, has agreed to transfer ownership of all privately owned infrastructure to the city and pay around $200,000 for that infrastructure to be brought up to city standards.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • In Everett, many new apartments, but where are the condos? (WA) February 6, 2022
    Developers throughout Washington began to think twice about building affordable or market-rate condominiums. A state law aimed at protecting condo owners ignited a flurry of questionable lawsuits against condo developers, causing insurance premiums for builders to skyrocket.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • State condo law aims to ease restrictions, but is it enough to spur development in Spokane County? (WA) December 20, 2021
    Spokane County’s brisk real estate market has caused a shortage of available properties and record-breaking prices, prompting developers and real estate industry officials to advocate for a variety of housing types to boost homeownership.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Residents Near Cle Elum Still Without Water, Experience Power Outages After Bridge Collapse (WA) December 15, 2021
    There’s still no water for a residential neighborhood near Cle Elum after the only bridge into the area collapsed under the weight of a large garbage truck Monday.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Decatur Shores Community Association response to the Journal (WA) December 11, 2021
    This letter is in response to the San Juan Journal article, dated Tuesday Dec. 7, titled “Decatur residents upset over changes in mail delivery services”, written by Sienna Boucher.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Decatur Island continues to search for solutions for mail obstruction (WA) December 11, 2021
    Some Decatur Island residents have been expressing concern over changes that have been made to their mail system put in place by the Decatur Shores Community Association. Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Decatur Island in a state of unrest after being cut off from mail delivery services (WA) December 7, 2021
    Decatur Island residents are up in arms over new ownership of its mail system.  Items are no longer delivered to the island free of charge. Instead, an annual fee has been instituted. Otherwise, packages and letters are kept at the post office in Anacortes while USPS is locked out of the Decatur mail shed per the decision of the Decatur Shores Community Association, which only constitutes approximately one-fourth of the island.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Fire at condos off Kitsap Way draws massive response (WA) November 23, 2021
    Firefighters from Bremerton Fire Department, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue and Navy Region Northwest responded to the blaze at the complex off Kitsap Way.   Read the entire article……………………………….
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