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  • Condominium Association Sues Allstate Over $9.7M Repairs (WA) July 12, 2024
    A Washington condominium association is taking legal action against Allstate Insurance Co., alleging the insurer breached their coverage agreement by refusing to cover $9.7 million in repairs for “hidden damage” to the buildings’ exteriors.  In a complaint filed Tuesday, Sammamish Hills Owners Association claimed the hidden damage to the exterior weather-resistive barrier, sheathing, and framing occurred incrementally and progressively during each of its policies with Allstate. However, the insurer allegedly denied coverage.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Appellate judges mostly rule against Hayden Christmas display (WA) July 11, 2024
    For a former Hayden couple known for hosting massive holiday shows, a recent federal appeals ruling was anything but Christmas in July.  In a split decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has mostly ruled on the side of the West Hayden Estates homeowner’s association in its opposition to Jeremy and Kristy Morris’ extravagant holiday display in a dispute that’s lasted years and even was featured on Apple TV+ titled: ‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Downtown Seattle Condo Unveils First Robot EV Charging System in the PNW (WA) July 9, 2024
    Spire, a $350 million, 41-story luxury condominium tower completed by Laconia Development, has launched the first robotic EV charging system in a condominium project in the United States.  Read the article…………………………….
  • Homestead judge nixes $93-a-month fee (WA) July 4, 2024
    The judge in the Lynden-centric Homestead case, at a Whatcom County Superior Court hearing on July 3, voiced the general shape of his decisions regarding the golf residential community that has been embroiled in a lawsuit for more than four years.  A two-week trial wrapped up in May.  In a key ruling, Judge David Freeman said he is invalidating the maintenance fee increase to $93 a month that MJ Management LLC put in place for 2020, triggering the legal action ...
  • Federal Judge Denies Quanex’s Bid to Dismiss Defective IGU Sealant Lawsuit (WA) July 2, 2024
    A Washington federal judge rebuffed Quanex’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it knowingly sold defective insulating glass unit (IGU) components to Viracon.  The Fifteen Twenty-One Avenue Condominium Association filed the suit in Washington Federal Court in late December 2023 against Viracon, a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises Inc., Quanex and the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC).    Read the article…………………………….
  • Condominium allowance to head to Leavenworth City Council (WA) June 9, 2024
    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 May 9, 2024
    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.  One couple, Ronald Haertl and Leslie Kolisch, claimed the other, Walter and Mariann Guetter, had trees blocking their view.    Read the article…………………………….

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  • WUCIOA Will Apply to All Washington State Community Associations in 2028
    Several laws relating to Washington condominium and homeowners asociations were recently approved. The most important of them states that the Washington State Common Interest Ownership Act (“WUCIOA”) will automatically apply to all such community associations beginning on January 1, 2028.   Read the article…………………………….     Link to the law…………………………
  • How condo insurance works (WA)
    Condo or townhome insurance offers coverage similar to homeowner insurance. It’s for people who own an individual unit within a larger condo or townhome community.  For people living in these communities, there’s typically two insurance policies that cover different parts of their living space. One is paid for by owner dues and covers certain losses for the community’s Homeowner’s Association (HOA). The other is an insurance policy the owner buys, which is sometimes referred to as an HO-6 policy. These ...
  • WUCIOA For All (But Not Yet) (WA)
    In 2028, all of us who reside in community associations, whether we reside in condominiums, co-ops, planned use developments (“PUD”s) or homeowners associations, will be governed by one statute, the Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (“WUCIOA”). Until then, we continue to understand that the time at which our condominium or homeowners association was created dictates which current act governs our ability to do certain things within our communities. Our governing documents, CCRs, Bylaws, and Rules, all still supplement the ...
  • WUCIOA For All – SB 5796 (WA)
    Did you know that the “WUCIOA for all” bill also makes changes to WUCIOA as it governs communities already subject to the statute? Most of those changes will take effect on June 6, 2024, while the “for all” portion of the bill does not take effect until January 1, 2028.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Major Win for HOAs on Enforcing Restrictive Covenants in Washington
    As recorded in the court’s decision, in 2018 the View Ridge Estates amended its CC&Rs to declare that: “No trees or other vegetation, in a view and/or view corridor area, shall be taller than a maximum of fifteen (15) feet …. Taller trees and shrubs are permitted so long as no Member’s view is unreasonably obstructed by the taller trees or shrubs”   Read the article…………………………….
  • Cost-Shifting Provisions In Governing Documents And The Value Of Carrying The Appropriate Homeowners Insurance Policy (WA)
    In the last two and a half (2½) years, we have continued to see a trend of more Associations adopting cost-shifting provisions that push uninsured amounts to the individual owner. Typically, these cost-shifting provisions are related to damage that is caused by anything located in an individual unit or caused by misconduct of a unit owner.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Farmers condo insurance case explores exclusion clauses (WA)
    The Gardens Condominium v. Farmers Insurance Exchange case revolves around an all-risk insurance policy issued by Farmers Insurance Exchange to The Gardens Condominium. The policy was designed to cover any direct physical loss unless caused by an excluded event. Notably, the policy included an exclusion for faulty, inadequate, or defective workmanship but also contained a resulting loss exception.    Read the article…………………………….

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Washington Laws

Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act 

Condominium Act

Homeowners Associations

Horizontal Property Regime Act

Nonprofit Corporation Act

 

Washington Condominium & HOA Resources

Community Associations Institute –  Greater Washington 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.

Washington State Case Law on Homeowners’ Associations 1980-2006

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

The law firm of Barker Martin has a number of resources available including  Webinars

 

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Seattle Condominium and Homeowners Association Attorney

Washington State Homeowner and Condominium Associations

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