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Misadventures in Rulemaking

Arguably the most challenging task a community association board of directors can undertake is drafting rules and regulations for their community. Good intentions, but bad drafting, can lead to unanticipated results and make enforcement difficult or impossible. read more

Security & Privacy Meet in the Hallway

Incorporating technology into our homes is big, big business in the Unites States. Where once we were clapping at our lamps, now we can control virtually everything inside and outside of the home with the sound of our voice or apps on our phones. As part of this growing trend, video doorbells have become immensely popular, and offer real-time video and audio streams, as well as cloud-based recording. Companies like Ring, August, Nest, and Honeywell have a wide variety of devices with near limitless options. read more

Insurance Industry Responds, and Owners May Pay the Price

Events of casualty damage, even when some of the damage is covered by an association's insurance policy, can be very expensive for condominium and homeowners associations, primarily because association insurance deductibles are typically tens of thousands of dollars per claim. The deductible expense is really just the portion of the cost to repair that is not covered by insurance, and is often a common expense paid by all owners. Whether an association can pass that expense—often the amount of the association's deductible—directly to the owner who caused the damage, or to the owners whose units were damaged, often depends on the provisions of an association's recorded declaration. 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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Beware Binding Arbitration

Over the last several years, mandatory arbitration provisions have become more and more prevalent in the contracts we sign and agreements we make. They have appeared in nearly every agreement we enter into as consumers - including the warranties for products we buy and agreements for services we use. That is no different for community associations. It is exceedingly important to be aware of when your association's contract requires arbitration instead of seeking a remedy through the court system. read more

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