Monthly Archives: January 2009
Small Condos to be Exempt from Reserve Studies?
The State Legislature has proposed an amendment (HB 5461) to the reserve study bill that passed in 2008. The amendment would exempt associations that have fewer than 11 units. There are four obvious flaws with the amendment. One, any association … Continue reading
WA State Legislature Proposes Construction Warranty Bills . . . Again
The Washington State Legislature has proposed two new residential construction warranty bills — HB 1045 and HB 1393. Neither bill affects condominium developments. It’s too early in the legislative session to determine whether the bills have sufficient legs to get … Continue reading
California: Court Goes Too Far on Smoking Ban?
In Birke v. Oakwood Worldwide, 2009 Cal. App. LEXIS 19 (January 12, 2009), the California Court of Appeals ruled that a cause of action for nuisance was adequately pleaded by a five year-old child against a company that managed an … Continue reading
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Foreclosures on the Rise in Puget Sound
The Seattle Times published an article today that documents the rising number of foreclosures in Puget Sound.
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Solar Energy and Homeowner Associations
Solar Panels and Homeowner Associations By Brian P. McLean, Leahy.ps On January 13 and 14, 2009, the State Legislature introduced two bills that would impose limitations on a homeowner association’s ability to regulate the installation of solar energy systems in … Continue reading
Renting in Non-Condo Homeowner Associations
Renting in Non-Condo Homeowner Associations By Brian P. McLean, Leahy.ps In Washington State, there is no blanket restriction in RCW 64.38 (HOA Act) on either the rental of single-family homes or the authority of the homeowner association to restrict rentals. … Continue reading
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