Condo-HOA Blog - Washington Hoa Law
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. read more
What do Your Rules Say about Your Community?
A lot has been said about community association rules, but most of these discussions center on the content of the rules as opposed to the overall language used or impression the rules give to owners within the community. Yet, there is another aspect of rules to consider. A good set of rules conveys not only what is permissible in a community, but says something about the character of a community. read more
Sidewalks: Keeping Your Liability off the Streets
It's an all too familiar story: a store customer slips on spilled liquid in an aisle, is injured in the fall, and sues the store. Whether the customer can hold the store responsible depends on a variety of specific facts, including whether the store knew or should have known about the spilled liquid before the customer fell, and whether the store took steps to protect customers from potential falls. In the legal realm, this is called "premises liability" - meaning a property owner can be held responsible for injuries sustained by guests, invitees, and, sometimes, even trespassers. read more
Directors v. Officers
One of the benefits of being general counsel for many community associations—both HOAs and condos—is that we can recognize frequently misunderstood, confusing and difficult issues, and help our clients avoid them. One misunderstanding that arises quite frequently is the failure to properly distinguish between directors and officers. With election season approaching for many of you, we thought a short discussion about a few director v. officer distinctions might be helpful.* read more
Winterization Tips for Condos
The last week saw high winds, power outages, and colder temperatures sweep into the Pacific Northwest, announcing that winter is on its way. For condominium owners, cold weather brings a variety of risks that, if left unaddressed, can impact not just their own unit, but the units of their neighbors. Thankfully, there are a number of simple steps owners can take to avoid these risks and make in through winter unscathed. read more