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What is WCIOA?

As many of you may already know, the Washington Common Interest Ownership Act (“WCIOA”) was adopted by the legislature this year and goes into effect on July 1, 2018

The 135-page bill will replace both the Condo Act (RCW 64.34) and the HOA Act (RCW 64.38) for all Common Interest Communities (“CICs”) created after July of this year.  WCIOA was based on a Uniform Act that was revised by a committee of industry attorneys (including Barker Martin) and other industry professionals over many years.

WCIOA represents a significant change in Washington community association law, especially for HOAs, including many default rules that may be different from what we are used to seeing with traditional communities.  And, as with any bill this long, there are liable to be some tricky provisions or unintended consequences that we all will need to look out for.

For all of these reasons, we are offering a Free Seminar for Community Managers to help get you up to speed on the ins and outs of WCIOA, including a comparison of key provisions to the HOA and Condo Acts and general information on how and whether current HOAs and Condos can “opt in” to the provisions of the new law. 

Please join us on Friday, May 11, 2018 to learn about WCIOA!  Barker Martin attorneys will be hosting a morning session from 9 to Noon, and an afternoon session from 1-4 at the Washington State Bar Offices in Downtown Seattle at 1325 4th Avenue.  Space may be limited, so please RSVP to to reserve your seat at either the morning or the afternoon session.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the noon hour for both morning and afternoon attendees.

If coming downtown is not your thing, we are probably going to schedule additional seminars on the Eastside or in South King County.  If you want to put in a vote for either of these locations, feel free to let us know at

A link to the text of the bill as signed into law can be found here: