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Water Damage: Do You Have A Plan? and Have You Communicated the Plan?

Water events are common. Roof leaks, window failures, plumbing leaks, failed hot water tanks and dishwasher melt downs are going to happen. The only question is when. Sometimes the problem is discovered immediately and sometimes a leak can be hidden, resulting in significant damage prior to discovery. read more

WCIOA's Budgets Provisions...Trick, or Treat?

The Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (Chapter 64.90 RCW "WCIOA")) took effect on July 1, 2018. Since that time, board members, managers, owners and (definitely) attorneys have been studying to understand its reach and ramifications. read more

Responding to Sexual Harassment Claims

What will your community association do if a board member is accused of sexual harassment, or even assault? What if the allegation against the association's manager? What if the allegation is that another owner is sexually harassing another owner? What if the victim asks to keep their allegations confidential? "Nothing" is not an acceptable answer. read more

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Social Media - Some Pros & Cons

I think we can all agree that social media is becoming more and more pervasive. What used to be an occasional diversion to reconnect with high school friends, has become a significant source of news and social and political engagement for everyone from the Greatest Generation to Gen Z'ers. Of course, this includes homeowners and board members, many of whom believe social media should be a public square to discuss and debate association issues, and even to allow owners to air grievances. However, whether or not social media is a good thing for community associations is debatable. read more

If They Build it, ARC Will Come

Sheds, decks, hardwood flooring, and, yes, baseball fields. Homeowners associations and condominium owners associations in Washington and Oregon almost universally restrict what owners can and cannot construct on their lot or in their unit, and most use some version of an Architectural Review Committee ("ARC") to enforce it. read more

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