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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

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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What's Your Authority?

I was reminded this week of a common pitfall: Don't choose your authority to fit the argument you're trying to make at the time. read more

Elevator Pitch

I recently read an article published by U.S. News & World Report titled, How to Win a Fight With your Condo Association - Without Going Broke by Teresa Mears. The article includes some solid guidance. A more accurate but less flashy title might have been - How to influence Association Policy - Without a Fight. read more

Buyer Beware

The Washington Condominium Act (WCA) implied warranties are again under attack by some in the building industry. In the 1990s and early 2000s there was a glut of terrible construction that resulted in huge repair costs and a lot of litigation. The WCA warranties provided recourse for many owners with construction defects during that time. The warranties have also forced the construction industry to raise the "industry standard" when it comes to quality construction. Removing such protections would pave the way for a repeat of past mistakes read more

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