Spring Chapter Mixer

Spring Chapter Mixer

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Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant, Kirkland

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You’re Invited!

WSCAI’s 2019 Spring Social & Networking Event

Wednesday, March 27, from 6-8 p.m.

2019 Spring Chapter Mixer

WSCAI hosts several Chapter Mixers at a variety of locations throughout the year. These social events are a great opportunity for members to get to know one another as well as network within the community association industry.

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When & Where

Wednesday, March 27
Appetizers and No Host Bar
6-8 p.m.

The Gaelic Room at Wilde Rover Irish Pub & Restaurant
111 Central Way,
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 822-8940
wilderover.com

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Pricing

Homeowners: $10

Community Association Managers:
$20 thru 3/20
$25 after 3/20

Business Partners:
$35 thru 3/20
$45 after 3/20

Non-Members: $60

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Additional Info

Parking:
The most convenient parking is behind the building, across from Marina Park. You can access this lot from either Kirkland Avenue, or, Central Way onto Lakeshore Plaza Drive. There is also metered parking on streets and in lots near Wilde Rover.

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Chapter Magazine

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Calendar

March 2019

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  • Communications Comm Mtg
7
  • Membership Committee Meeting- Seattle Marriott Redomond
  • Chapter Luncheon
8
9
  • Tacoma Educational Symposium
10
11
12
  • Education Comm Mtg - WSCAI
13
  • Law Day Comm Mtg
  • Board Meeting
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19
20
  • Community Outreach Committee Mtg - WSCAI
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  • Managers Only Meeting
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  • Social Committee Mtg (on site meeting)
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
  • Chapter Mixer
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Board Leadership Development Workshop

Board Leadership Development Workshop

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In Bothell, WA

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Education for Condo & HOA Boards

Saturday, April 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Learn How To Be An Even More
Effective Board of Directors

Education For Homeowner Leaders Just Got Better

Community association board members and volunteer leaders step up to take on positions of service and responsibility. They’re expected to anticipate issues, solve problems, meet the expectations of their residents and protect property values. The new CAI Board Leadership Development Workshop (BLD Workshop) can help you become a more successful board member as well as learn how to recruit and support new volunteers.

At the BLD Workshop, you’ll learn the role of the board, the president, and other leadership positions, and you’ll identify effective ways to work with professional managers and service providers. Additionally, the BLD Workshop will teach you how to communicate with association residents, hire qualified managers and service providers, develop enforceable rules, interpret governing documents and more.

The BLD Workshop provides a comprehensive look at the roles and responsibilities of community association leaders and conveys information to help create and maintain the kind of community people want to call home.

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When & Where

Saturday, April 6
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn
22600 Bothell-Everett Hwy,
Bothell, WA 98021

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Workshop Schedule

▸ 7:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast
▸ 8:00 a.m.
Workshop Begins
▸ Noon
Lunch Time
▸ 4:30 p.m.
Workshop Concludes

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Pricing

WSCAI Member Pricing:
$95 thru 3/22
$105 thru 3/29
$115 after 3/29

Non-Member Pricing:
$129 thru 3/22
$149 thru 3/29
$169 after 3/29

5 BLD Workshop Modules

The BLD Workshop is divided into 5 learning modules:

  • Module 1: Governing Documents and Roles & Responsibilities
  • Module 2: Communications, Meetings and Volunteerism
  • Module 3: Fundamentals of Financial Management
  • Module 4: Professional Advisors and Service Providers
  • Module 5: Association Rules and Conflict Resolution

Course Materials

The BLD Workshop includes a toolbox of support material:

  • The Board Member Toolkit, a best-selling book from CAI Press
  • The Board Member Toolkit Workbook
  • Brochures and publications, such as The Homeowner & the Community
    Association
  • A copy of CAI’s award-winning Common Ground™ magazine

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If you don’t want to register online, download and print a registration form and mail to:

WSCAI
19101 36th Ave W, Ste 205
Lynnwood, WA 98036

In addition to a toolbox of support materials, each student receives a certificate of completion and recognition on the CAI website.

Presenter:

Paul D. Grucza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Paul D. Grucza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Director of Education & Client Engagement, CWD Group, Inc. AAMC®

Paul D. Grucza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, has been an industry practitioner for close to 34 years holding numerous prestigious positions within CAI including Institute President, Inaugural Chair for the APCM Board, CEO-MC Retreat Chair, Education Committee Chair, Ethics Panel Member for both CAI and CAMICB, Chapter President, an accomplished author for CAI penning and editing three books for CAI, published by Nolo Publishers, CAI Press and IREM, TV Show host, an in demand speaker for chapters nationally and internationally and a skilled Strategist called to conduct strategic planning for both CA Chapters and other business ventures over the years. He additionally participates as an industry expert crafting questions for the national CMCA certification exam and is actively engaged with the Foundation for Community Association Research. As Director of Education and Client Engagement for CWD Group, Inc. AAMC® he brings his many years of skill, association involvement and enthusiasm to the Pacific Northwest.

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Morris Management, Inc.
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  • Law Day Comm Mtg
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Community Association Law Day

Community Association Law Day

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In Lynnwood, WA

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An Educational Event for Condos & HOAs

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Benefiting WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee

Law Day for Condos & HOAs

This is a single-day event held at the Lynnwood Convention Center. There will be several legal sessions taught by experienced attorneys who understand the laws that affect Condominiums and HOAs in Washington State. All registrants will be provided continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. A silent auction will be held throughout the day and the winners will be announced during the afternoon reception. The event includes 30 industry-related exhibitors. Net proceeds benefit WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC). You can read more about CAI and our chapter’s advocacy efforts here.

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When & Where

Saturday, April 27
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St SW,
Lynnwood, WA 98036
www.lynnwoodcc.com

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WSCAI Member Pricing

(Per Person)
$65 thru 4/5
$75 thru 4/19
$85 thru 4/25
$95 at the door

*Registration includes continental breakfast, seminars, lunch, trade show and reception.

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Non-Member Pricing

(Per Person)
$89 thru 4/5
$99 thru 4/19
$109 thru 4/25
$119 at the door

*Registration includes continental breakfast, seminars, lunch, trade show and reception.

Support The LAC

Your contribution is critical in helping WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) fulfill their advocacy mission!

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Community Association Law Day Schedule

[8:00 a.m.]
Registration / Exhibit Hall / Continental Breakfast / Silent Auction Opens
[8:45 – 10:00 a.m.]  Concurrent Sessions (Select One)
[1A] Why you need to read & understand every provision of every contract you sign

Presented by:
Ken Harer, CCAL

We regularly have clients wanting to break off a relationship with a vendor, where the association (or their manager) signed a contract without reading or negotiating any of the contract provisions. Frequently the ability to terminate the contract is very limited. Other clients will come in complaining because what they thought they were buying is not what they received (usually construction and service contracts). We will discuss types of contracts and what to look for so that you and the vendor have common expectations, and so you can exit a relationship when you need to. Appropriate for all community types.

Types of contracts to discuss:
  • Management contracts
  • Cable TV contracts
  • Consulting contracts
  • Elevator Maintenance contracts
  • Service contracts (landscaping or cleaning)
  • Construction or repair contracts.
Biggest issues to watch for:
  • Automatic renewal of contract terms
  • Long contract terms (5 or more years)
  • Release of all liability claims against a professional
  • Termination provisions – Notice, fees and performance
  • Contracting for services that you may not need or want.
  • Requiring prepayment for services
  • Insurance requirements for client and vendor
  • Dispute resolution provisions.
  • Vague or no specifications about work to be performed.
[2A] Hot water heaters, toilets and other sad stories of water damage between units: who’s responsible for the deductible & losses not covered by the master policy?

Presented by:
Anthony L. (“Tony”) Rafel, Esq.
Brett Nebeker

Warning: this will not be another “dry” lawyer presentation; it will be all about wetness – that is, water events occurring between units in condominiums, and who bears the responsibility for repair costs not covered by the association’s master policy of insurance. This subject continues to bedevil boards, managers, unit owners and, yes, attorneys and insurance brokers alike. Nevertheless, attorney Tony Rafel and insurance broker Brett Nebeker will boldly wade into it and try to provide some clarity and guidance. What does it mean to say that the association’s policy is primary? How do standard declaration provisions allocate uncovered losses between owners and the association? Must the declaration be amended to alter the “default” and if so, what language should be used? Are there losses that are not covered at all under the master policy and, if so, who pays in those cases? And are unit owners covered under their individual HO-6 policies if the master policy deductible is assessed against them? If your brain hurts every time these issues arise in your community, this may be the presentation for you!

[3A] Wait, What, WUCIOA?

Presented by:
Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.
Dean Martin. Esq.

When the Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (“WUCIOA”) was enacted last year, a lot of people know that some “new law” went into effect, but appreciating the full effect of the change is going to take a good amount of time. The 135-page statute replaces both the Condo Act (RCW 64.34) and the HOA Act (RCW 64.38) for all Common Interest Communities created after July of 2018. And, as most people are starting to realize, some portions of WUCIOA actually apply to existing Condos or HOAs, including the budget and “opt in” sections. Join Barker Martin attorneys Marlyn Hawkins and Dean Martin to get a better understanding of what WUCIOA is, how it applies to pre-existing communities and considerations for “opting in,” as well as updates from the most recent legislative session.

[10:00 – 10:30 a.m.]  Exhibit Hall / Silent Auction Break
[10:30 – 11:45 a.m.]  Concurrent Sessions (Select One)
[1B] Beyond Water Leaks: How to Determine When Your Association is Obligated to File an Insurance Claim

Presented by:
Daniel Stein, Esq.

One of the challenges of managing older condominiums is that they may need major repairs or renovations beyond the Association’s reserves. Not only is bringing a claim against the Association’s property insurance often a viable option to help defer the cost of major building envelope repairs, but bringing such a claim may be required by the Association’s governing documents. This session will make attendees aware of how older insurance policies may help cover the cost of building envelope repairs in certain circumstances; will help attendees recognize when an insurance claim should be considered; will help guide attendees through the insurance claim process; and will discuss recent, rapidly changing case law that strongly favors Associations.

[2B] Schizophrenics, Tap-Dancers, & Short Term Renters, Oh My! Welcome to your (problematic) neighborhood!

Presented by:
Michael D. Brandt, Esq.

This presentation will cover the variety of problematic occupancies that association boards, unit owners, and managers continue to contend with in condominium and homeowners association communities. We continue to deal with the “tap-dancing” neighbors above us, the cigarette and/or marijuana smoking neighbors below us, the short term renters (think AirBnB) next door, the schizophrenics and the hoarders, the rude users of common area space, the hyper-technical rule followers, and the investor-owned renters down the hall who are requesting a hardship exception to the existing rental cap. We will discuss the interpersonal and legal tools to help you understand and, hopefully, resolve all of these issues.

[3B] Drafting rules that comply with your declaration: Adopting necessary rules to affect the purpose of your Declaration

Presented by:
Ken Harer, CCAL

Many declarations provide the association (through its Board) with substantial powers to adopt rules about pets, signs, architectural control, use of common areas, fines, and any number of other areas related to the community. Often associations fail to adopt rules, or adopted rules, to affect changes which they are not authorized to do. Suitable for all types of communities.

Rules most communities should have, but may not (varies with your declaration):
  • Late fees and interest rates for unpaid assessments
  • Fine schedule, which is distributed to all owners
  • Lists of high-risk components, and how they must be maintained
  • ACC regulations on fences, colors, landscaping, etc.
  • Rules about signs, holiday decorations, etc.
  • Procedures for due process at violation hearings.
  • Pet rules regulating number, size, behavior, etc.
  • Rule about minimum rent terms when declaration authorizes such rules
  • Rules about use of cabanas and meeting rooms
    • Use by owners for their own business purposes
    • Alcohol use
  • Requirements to provide leases and insurance policies (if in declaration)
  • Obligations to register residents, pets, cars, etc. that reside in the home.
Rules some communities adopt that they may not have the power to:
  • Prohibition on short term rentals
  • Prohibition on rental of units, or a cap on the number
  • Limits on number of people residing in a unit
  • Prohibitions on all political yard signs
  • Prohibitions on emotional support animals
  • Rules against adult family homes
  • Rules against solar panels and satellite dish antenna
  • Rules prohibiting certain kinds of businesses.
  • Fees for change of occupancy, review of records, etc.
[11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.]
Networking Lunch & Legislative Update in Exhibit Hall

Sponsored By: Yalnes, Inc.
Legislative Update Presented By: LAC Co-Chairs Greg Coxey, Esq & Patrick Rooney, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

[1:00 – 2:30 p.m.]  Panel Session
Mock Board Meeting

Why do some board members act the way they do from time to time? What do you do when the board meeting gets hot? Why are we meeting if we can’t even make a decision? How do we deal with difficult board members that have colorful personalities? You’ve probably had one if not all of these thoughts. Regardless of how you feel about board meetings, they are crucial to the governance of your community association. If board meetings are not run effectively, chances are your association won’t function well either. This interactive session will include a Mock Board Meeting touching on the basic roles, duties and responsibilities of the board, as well as some tips and best practices for board members and managers on how to run a meeting. Come and learn about the different personalities of board members (such as The Dictator, The Narcissist, and The Martyr), as well as how to diffuse hot situations and effectively run a board meeting.

[2:30 – 3:30 p.m.]  Reception

Sponsored By: PRIME & Superior Cleaning & Restoration

***Silent Auction Closes Between 3:00-3:15 p.m. (precise time will be announced at event)***

How To Get There:

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Lynnwood, WA 98036

Presenters:

Michael D. Brandt

Michael D. Brandt

Principal, Brandt Law Group

Michael D. Brandt is a former Director on WSCAI’s Board and a former Co-Chair of WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC), where he continues his work on WSCAI’s behalf. He has been an active member of the LAC for the last ten years, where he has worked on the WUCIOA legislation, reserve study legislation, manager licensing exemption legislation, and testified to the State Senate about solar energy legislation, among other things. Michael is the principal of Brandt Law Group, a Seattle law firm that provides legal services to condominium and homeowner associations, their officers, directors, and members, as well as to the owners of single-family residential properties and commercial properties. Michael has been practicing real estate law for 27 years in Seattle and lives in Snoqualmie, Washington, where he is a member of the Snoqualmie Ridge HOA.

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Ken Harer, CCAL

Ken Harer, CCAL

Managing Partner, Condominium Law Group, PLLC

Ken Harer, CCAL, is Condo Law’s managing partner. He’s an experienced attorney and has been working with community associations for more than 20 years. He offers legal assistance with contracts, construction disputes, and warranties related to the Washington Condominium Act and general legal advice on interpretation, enforcement, and modification of governing documents. Ken formerly held a Reserve Specialist (RS) designation and spends the majority of his time overseeing Condominium Law Group. In fall 2010, Ken was inducted into the College of Community Association Lawyers and now holds the CCAL designation. Ken served on a non-profit Board of Directors for more than 18 years.

His practice, formed in 2000, provides assistance on all types of legal matters for condominium and homeowners associations. Ken (also known as the attorney with all those initials after his name!) earned his Juris Doctor and LLM degrees from the University of Washington, as well as a MBA, a BFA in Industrial Design, and a BA in Architecture. An active WSCAI volunteer, Ken is a frequent speaker at industry events and homeowner association seminars, and contributes regularly to industry periodicals. Since 2008, his focus has been providing general legal advice to community associations.

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Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.

Marlyn Hawkins, Esq.

Partner, Barker Martin

A Puget Sound area native, Marlyn Hawkins’s practice ranges from construction defect litigation, to pre-litigation workouts to representing communities as general counsel. Marlyn began her legal career as a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the criminal division, moving to civil litigation in 2000, and has represented community associations almost exclusively since 2002. With extensive jury trial, bench trial and appellate experience, Marlyn’s general counsel practice focuses on ensuring that our clients avoid issues that lead to court scrutiny. Out of the office, Marlyn enjoys traveling, going to concerts, dancing and trying to keep up with her kids.

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Dean Martin, Esq.

Dean Martin, Esq.

Partner, Barker Martin

Throughout his legal career, Dean Martin’s practice has focused on construction defect litigation. In 1993, Dean started devoting substantially all of his practice to condominium and multi-family residential defect cases. That practice has included successfully prosecuting claims directly against developers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers and their respective insurance companies. Dean has always assisted his construction defect clients with their day to day general counsel issues. In recent years, this area of his practice has expanded greatly. Outside the office, Dean is an avid fly fisher and golfer and is the proud father of two.

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Brett Nebeker

Brett Nebeker

Partner, Rice Insurance

Brett Nebeker is a Partner at Rice Insurance where he heads up the Condo/HOA Practice Group. Rice Insurance has made the Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies over the last two years.

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Anthony L. (“Tony”) Rafel, Esq.

Anthony L. (“Tony”) Rafel, Esq.

Managing Partner, Rafel Law Group, PLLC

Anthony “Tony” Rafel, Esq, serves as Vice President of WSCAI’s Board of Directors and a former Co-Chair of WSCAI’s Business Partners Committee. Tony has been practicing law in Seattle for 35 years, with a focus on community association law for the last 25 years. He is the Managing Partner of Rafel Law Group PLLC, with offices in Seattle and Portland, and practices actively in both states, handling construction and product defect, insurance coverage, covenant and rule enforcement, boundary and nuisance cases, among many others. Tony also serves as a trusted advisor to boards, helping them to solve problems, resolve disputes and practice good governance.  Tony has been peer-selected as Washington Law & Politics SuperLawyer™ every year since 2003 and holds the top peer-review rating for legal skill and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a past president of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington and lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Tony lives in Seattle with his wife, Megan, and their aging but still yummy Labrador retriever, Joey.

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Daniel Stein, Esq.

Daniel Stein, Esq.

Associate, Stein, Sudweeks & Houser

Daniel Stein, Esq., is a litigation associate specializing in insurance coverage and construction defect issues. He is also a contributor to the WSCAI’s Community Association Journal. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts at UCLA and his Juris Doctorate at USC Gould School of Law where he was a member of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal. Prior to joining Stein, Sudweeks & Houser, Daniel worked on complex class action lawsuits.

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March 2019

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4
5
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  • Communications Comm Mtg
7
  • Membership Committee Meeting- Seattle Marriott Redomond
  • Chapter Luncheon
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9
  • Tacoma Educational Symposium
10
11
12
  • Education Comm Mtg - WSCAI
13
  • Law Day Comm Mtg
  • Board Meeting
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15
16
17
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20
  • Community Outreach Committee Mtg - WSCAI
21
  • Managers Only Meeting
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23
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25
26
27
  • Social Committee Mtg (on site meeting)
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
  • Chapter Mixer
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Commonly Ignored Best Practices of Commercial Landscape Maintenance

Commonly Ignored Best Practices of Commercial Landscape Maintenance

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How you care for your plants makes all the difference in the lifespan and overall look of them. Here are some best practice tips for landscape maintenance:

Pruning

Pruning ClippersThe difference between hard pruning versus using hedge shears is significant when not shearing the correct plants. The more you improperly prune your plants, the more often you will need to be outside pruning them. Keeping the significant pruning to hard pruning in the winter will make a difference in how time consuming your plants are throughout the rest of the year.

Trees

TreeClearing low-hanging branches and overgrown plant material will open up lines of sight into your property, decrease potential hazards and eliminate safety concerns of individuals hiding in your plants.

Mowing

Lawn MowerWith the weight of a commercial mower and mowing in the same direction each week, your turf is prone to having a matted look, unhealthy and unsightly grass. You can help fix that by alternating your mowing pattern each visit encouraging standing turf.

Fertilizer

FertilizerFertilizer can be a great resource for your turf and plants, but too much of it can harm your landscape. Commonly referred to as fertilizer burn, having too much can cause yellow, brown or dead sections. Additionally, the more you apply fertilizer, the more dependent your turf & plants become on that particular fertilizer to look and stay healthy. Leaving your grass clippings is a great way to naturally fertilize your lawn. Organic fertilizers are also a great way to have a more balanced and sustainable landscape.

Seasonal Planting

Flower - AnnualsAnnuals are a great way to add seasonal color to your landscape, whether they are around entrances, signage, walkways or plant beds giving a fresh and updated look to a potentially older property.

Landscape Debris

Wheelbarrow - Yard DebrisCleaning up the landscape debris after you are done maintaining your property, instead of blowing it into the street or a native area will help you to be more responsible as a community association manager or owner and it will make your property and the surrounding areas more appealing and help to reduce pollution problems.

Mulch

GlovesHaving a mulch bed around your trees helps protect the trees’ trunks from mechanical damage caused by mowers and trimmers and improves the overall appearance of the property. Mulching your beds throughout the property can help nourish your plants, increase curb appeal & reduce weed infestation.

Proper Equipment

Gardening ToolsOne mistake seen frequently is people using the wrong equipment for the task at hand. Whether it is hand pruners, string trimmers or mowers, be sure that you or your service provider is giving you the proper and best resources for maintaining your landscape.

Misunderstanding the pitfalls caused by regular landscape maintenance can lead to long-term failure of your landscape. Focusing on the ‘big picture’ of your property and where you want to take the landscape can have a lasting impact on your budget, overall aesthetic and how much effort is required to keep the property looking good long term.

(Editor’s Note: This blog article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Community Associations Journal.)

By Tim Hawkins

By Tim Hawkins

Owner, Brookstone Landscape & Design

Having been involved in the landscape industry for over 15 years, Tim Hawkins takes pride in developing solutions and opportunities for people! In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and spending time with his family.

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Washington State Legislative Update

Washington State Legislative Update

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The Washington State’s 65th Legislative Session adjourned on March 8th. For only the third time in the last decade, the Legislature did not go into Special Session. This is no small feat, finishing on time has only occurred during the short (non-budget) legislative sessions of 2008, 2014, and now 2018. The next Legislative Session will begin on January 7th, 2019. CAI’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) has already started planning for next year.

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Government Icon Retirements

There is a high probability of another long session looming, leading to several lawmakers announcing they will not seek reelection in 2018, with more announcing every day.

“It’s almost like we need to be a full-time Legislature, or figure out a different schedule,” Representative Lytton said to The Seattle Times.

As of the end of March, 13 lawmakers have announced they will not be seeking reelection, leaving a large vacuum of political power in Olympia. Political jockeying to fill those voids of power has already begun.

The surprise retirement announcement of Senator Sharon Nelson (34th – Vashon Island), who is the current Majority Leader in the Senate, will mean that no matter what happens in November the Washington Legislature will have a completely new leadership structure. Several Democratic Senators have started throwing their names into the mix as the potential new leader.

In the Senate Republican Caucus, Michael Baumgartner (6th – Cheney) has announced he will be running for Spokane County Treasurer, instead of seeking another term as Senator. Rep. Jeff Holy, Sen. Baumgartner’s current seat mate, will be vying for this seat.

IIn the House of Representatives, three House Democratic Chairs have also announced their retirement:

  • Rep. Kristine Lytton (40th – Anacortes), Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Rep. Ruth Kagi (32nd – Shoreline), Chair of the Early Learning & Human Services Committee
  • Rep. Judy Clibborn (41st – Mercer Island), Chair of the Transportation Committee

On the Republican side of the aisle, 9 GOP House members have announced their retirement, including the House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen (39th – Monroe). J.T. Wilcox (2nd– Yelm), who was the Deputy Minority leader, was elected as the new leader before the Legislature adjourned.

This large exodus of lawmakers means that the Legislature will have a lot of new personalities and new leadership in all four legislative chambers come 2019.

Government Icon 2018 Election Cycle

In 2018, every member of the House Representatives and half of the Senate is up for reelection.

Both parties have announced that they will be targeting key races throughout Washington State. The Democrats, wishing to secure their majority in all chambers, have announced their top targets as follows: Sen. Mark Miloscia (30th – Federal Way), Sen. Joe Fain (47th – Kent), Sen. Jan Angel (26th – Gig Harbor), and Rep. Mark Harmsworth (44th – Snohomish). The Republicans have announced they will be targeting Senator Steve Hobbs (44th – Snohmish), Rep. Christine Kilduff (28th – University Place), and Rep. Brian Blake (19th – Aberdeen).

Candidate filing deadline is on May 18. All candidates running will need to have declared by this date and then the campaign season will truly kick off.

Government Icon CAI Specific Legislation

During the 2017-18 Biennium, the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) advocated for the interests of CAI members. Over 20 pieces of legislation were actively worked on or monitored this year, however only 3 passed.

Substitute Senate Bill 6175 – WUCIOA

Brief Summary: Establishes the Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA) to govern the formation, management, and termination of common interest communities including condominiums, homeowner associations, and real estate cooperatives.

Only two sections of WUCIOA will automatically apply to existing common interest communities (condominiums, homeowner associations, and cooperatives) in Washington. One addresses the process for an existing community to elect to be governed by WUCIOA and the other addresses budget ratification and assessments. The full Act will only apply to common interest communities created after its effective date.

Prime Sponsor: Senator Jamie Pedersen

Bill Status: Governor Inslee signed the bill into law on March 27, 2018.

Effective Date: July 1, 2018

Second Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2057 – Foreclosure Fairness

Brief Summary: The striking amendment introduced by Senator Mullet is the culmination of a two-year process with over twenty stakeholders. The final bill is the agreed upon language that touches on everything from Department of Commerce’s foreclosure fairness fees to how the financial server can “maintain” the property. The two sections that impacted community associations were: deceased borrower and nuisance abatement.

The deceased borrower provisions created a process for servicer and associations to follow if an individual passes away without a will and is in a foreclosure procedure.

The nuisance abatement section forces servicers to conduct maintenance on the property if it falls into all three of the following categories:

  1. It is in a foreclosure
  2. The property is abandoned
  3. The city or county has deemed it a nuisance under prudery. Associations will be continuing the nuisance discussions over the interim

Prime Sponsor: Representative Tina Orwall

Bill Status: Governor Inslee signed the bill into law on March 29, 2018.

Effective Date: June 7, 2018

Substitute House Bill 2514 – Discriminatory Provisions Found in Written Instruments Related to Real Property

Brief Summary: Authorizes an owner of property subject to a written instrument containing provisions void by reason of Washington’s Law Against Discrimination to record with the county auditor a restrictive covenant modification document. Changes the list of unlawful provisions that homeowners association boards may (and in some cases, must) remove from their governing documents by majority vote to include all provisions that are void by reason of Washington’s Law Against Discrimination.

Prime Sponsor: Representative Christine Kilduff

Bill Status: Governor Inslee signed the bill into law on March 15, 2018.

Effective Date: June 7, 2018 – except for section 1, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

Government Icon What to Expect in 2019

Throughout the 2018 Legislative Session there was a constant chorus of “Washington needs a more robust housing supply.” However, with the Democrats gaining control again, they had several key pieces of legislation they wanted to pass, pushing the housing discussion off until next year.

This is where the LAC will come into play and we must prepare for what is to come. The following is a list of potential top housing issues for 2019: construction defect claims, dispute resolution programs, and association voter apathy.

As the LAC begins planning for the 2019 Legislative Session, it is always good to start with what was introduced during this last biennium, but did not pass, as it is likely to be reintroduced again.

House Bill 1172: Low-water landscaping

Brief Summary: Prohibits homeowner association and condominium association restrictions that limit private property owners’ ability to deploy low-water landscaping techniques.

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Tina Orwall

Substitute House Bill 1494: Private Road Maintenance

Brief Summary: Requires the holders of an interest in an easement to maintain the easement and permits agreements that allow maintenance obligations to be allocated to fewer than all holders of an interest in an easement. Requires the cost of maintaining an easement to be shared by each holder of an interest in the easement.

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Morris

House Bill 2022: Homeowners’ Association Violations

Brief Summary: Entitles an aggrieved party, if a willful violation of a homeowners’ association is found, to exemplary damages up to two times the actual damages sustained.

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Christine Kilduff

Substitute House Bill 2475: Tolling of Construction Defect Claims

Brief Summary: Revises the notice and opportunity to cure process in a construction defect action, adding a mediation process and further detail with respect to the termination of this process. Extends tolling provisions and provides for tolling in the context of claims by one construction professional against another.

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Cindy Ryu

Substitute House Bill 2485: Low-Water Landscaping

Brief Summary: Prohibits homeowner association and condominium association restrictions that limit private property owners’ ability to deploy low-water landscaping techniques.

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Tina Orwall

Substitute House Bill 2790: AGO Dispute Resolution Program

Brief Summary: The Office of the Attorney General (AGO) is directed to establish a dispute resolution pilot program in Clark, King, and Spokane counties, for the resolution of disputes between condominium and homeowners’ association boards and owners. The pilot also instructs the AGO to create educational materials on the rights of homeowners and the authority of the boards.

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Vicki Kraft

Substitute House Bill 2831: Association Notice Requirements w/Condo Defect Litigation

Brief Summary: Requires increased notice, a meeting, and a majority vote of the homeowners before the board of a condominium or homeowners’ association may commence a construction defect action.

Prime Sponsor: Rep. Tana Senn

SB 5082: Fire safety compliance

Summary: Requires an insurer, before issuing or renewing a policy of insurance to the owner of commercial or residential rental property for coverage of the premises, to require the owner to certify that he or she is in compliance with fire safety requirements. Requires an insurer, before issuing or renewing a policy of insurance to an association for a condominium, to require the association to certify that the condominium is in compliance with fire safety requirements.

Prime Sponsor: Sen. Kirk Pearson

SB 5134: HOA Notice and Opportunity Provisions Relating to Certain Enforcement Actions Taken by a Homeowners' or Condominium Association

Summary: Before a homeowner’s association or unit owner’s association may impose and collect charges for late payments of assessments, the owner must be give 45 days notice and an opportunity to be heard by the board of directors or their designee. It is also clarified that the opportunity to be heard must be fair and impartial.

Prime Sponsor: Sen. Bob Hasegawa

SB 5250: Condominium Association Bylaw Amendments

Summary of Bill: Revises the condominium act with regard to voting requirements when amending the bylaws of the association.

Prime Sponsor: Sen. Karen Keiser

Senate Bill 5377: HOA Budget Ratification Voting Requirements

Summary of Bill: Removes provision that a budget is ratified unless a majority of the ballots cast in the association vote to reject – and instead, adds requirement that the majority of ballots cast by those in the association present, by person or by proxy, determines the proposed budget vote.

Prime Sponsor: Sen. Tim Sheldon

Senate Bill 5428: Condo Association Litigation Costs

Summary of Bill: Revises the condominium act regarding costs of litigation for condominium associations by changing the definition of constructional defect and prohibits the board of directors from taking action on behalf of the association to: institute, defend, or intervene in litigation or administrative hearings.

The parties to a construction defect dispute must engage in mandatory binding arbitration.

Prime Sponsor: Sen. Mike Padden

Substitute Senate Bill 6001: Amendments to Bylaws

Brief Summary: The bylaws of a condominium may be amended by applying the minimum percentage of affirmative votes to the number of votes received rather than the total number of votes allocated if: 1) the proposed amendment is not seeking to amend the method of amending the bylaws; and 2) three notices are sent by certified mail, at least ten days apart, to the unit owners in advance of the vote either at a proposed meeting or other voting method authorized by the governing documents.

Prime Sponsor: Sen. Karen Keiser

Substitute Senate Bill 6005: Protecting Lienholders' Interests While Retaining Consumer Protections

Brief Summary: County treasurers, at least 180 days before the issuance of a certificate of delinquency, must provide notice to the record owner of residential property that contains information regarding the potential for the homeowner to access mediation under the Foreclosure Fairness Act.  The fee a person may charge a non-natural person to locate abandoned property is 35 percent of the value returned to the owner.

Prime Sponsor: Sen. Mark Mullet

We Need Your Support!

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The LAC thanks all the members who have stayed involved and diligent this year. We will continue to fight for all community associations throughout the State, but we will still need your support.

In 2019, housing will be one of, if not the most, debated issues at the Washington State Legislature. Please keep a look out for CAI’s “Calls-to-Action” and let your lawmakers know how important it is for them to support our industry. We are essential to a thriving and prosperous Washington.

If you are not receiving emails for CAI’s “Calls to Action” and would like to get on the distribution list, please contact Dawn Bauman at Dbauman@caionline.org.

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