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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

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

WCIOA Will Become Law This Summer - Are You Ready?

Whether any of us are truly ready or not, the Washington Common Interest Ownership Act ("WCIOA") takes effect on July 1, 2018. That date will be here sooner than you think. Are you ready? read more

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Update on the Infamous Open Garage Door Rule

On January 25, 2018, I blogged about an HOA in Auburn, California that passed a rule requiring all of its owners to leave their garage doors open during the day. The goal of the rule was to prevent owners from using their garages as living spaces. The patently overbroad rule—which, in effect, would render residents' possessions in their garages unsecured—subjected the association and board to local and national media scrutiny and criticism. read more

Child's Play

The HOA Act states that, unless otherwise provided in an association's governing documents, an association may adopt and amend rules and regulations. RCW 64.38.020(1). With such broad authority, how does a board know if a rule goes too far? Is there a rule of thumb? read more

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