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Board Leadership Development Workshop

Board Leadership Development Workshop

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In Bellevue, WA

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Education for Condo & HOA Boards

Saturday, June 1 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.

When & Where

Saturday, June 1
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sheraton Bellevue
100 112th Ave NE,
Bellevue, WA 98004

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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

Pricing

WSCAI Member Pricing:
$95 thru 5/17
$105 thru 5/24
$115 after 5/24

Non-Member Pricing:
$129 thru 5/17
$149 thru 5/24
$169 after 5/24

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

Printable PDF Registration Form

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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.

Sponsors:

Bell-Anderson & Associates, LLC, AMO
Farmers – John Galluzzo Insurance Agency
Morris Management, Inc.
Trestle Community Management
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  • Condominium Law Group, PLLC - General Counsel & Collection Services - Partners Ken Harer & Valerie Oman - Phone: (206) 633-1520 Website: www.condolaw.net
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Chapter Magazine

Community Associations Journal May 2019 Issue - Cover

Calendar

May 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • Communications Comm Mtg
2
  • CA Day Committee Mtg
3
4
5
6
7
8
  • Board Meeting
9
  • Managers Only Meeting
10
11
  • Tri-Cities Educational Symposium
12
13
14
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15
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Made For Managers Day

Made For Managers Day

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In Lynnwood, WA

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Managing With Mastery — Reaching Your Best

Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is Made For Managers Day?

Made For Managers Day is an annual educational event specifically tailored to industry professionals who manage common interest communities – condominiums, homeowners associations (HOA’s) and cooperatives.

The education offered is appropriate for industry veterans and includes a track for those new to the industry or looking for a refresher. Managers can earn up to four (4) continuing education clock hours by attending the sessions.

All registrants will be provided continental breakfast, a buffet lunch, and an afternoon reception providing opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and socializing. The event includes a trade show of 55 industry-specific businesses showcasing their products and services, with many exhibitors giving away exciting prizes to managers who enter their drawings.

When & Where

Thursday, June 6
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

WSCAI Member Pricing

(Per Person)
$85 thru 5/17
$95 thru 5/31
$105 after 5/31
$125 at the door (after Noon on 6/5)

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

Non-Member Pricing

(Per Person)
$109 thru 5/17
$129 thru 5/31
$149 after 5/31
$179 at the door (after Noon on 6/5)

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

Peanut Butter, Cereal & Canned Meat Drive

WSCAI’s Community Outreach Committee will be collecting Peanut Butter, Cereal and Canned Meat for the Pike Market Food Bank & Senior Center.  Each attendee who donates will be given one raffle ticket per item/$5 donation for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

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Program Sponsors

Made For Managers Day Schedule

[7:30 – 8:30 a.m.] Registration / Exhibit Hall / Continental Breakfast

Continental Breakfast Sponsored By: Allana Buick & Bers, CDK Construction, & McLeod Construction

[8:30 – 9:45 a.m.] Welcome, Thanks and Opening Session
14 Leadership Trends That Will Shape Community Management Over The Next Few Years

Presented By:

Becoming a great leader requires taking proactive steps to improve your own leadership capabilities. But there’s more to it than that. Engaged leaders need to stay on top of the current trends influencing them individually, influencing their companies and influencing others. To ensure you can continue to achieve great results, we will focus on 14 leadership trends that are shaping both today and tomorrow in a thought-provoking format.

[9:45 – 10:30 a.m.] Exhibit Hall / Networking
[10:30 a.m. – Noon] Three Concurrent Sessions (Select One)
[Option A] Hidden Dangers of Owner Improvements to Common Elements

Presented By:

Many HOA communities allow individual owners to make modifications or improvements to their unit. But this seemingly benign policy can have significant and costly impacts down the road.

Scenario 1: A condominium owner wishes to upgrade his or her windows. Windows are, according to this community’s bylaws, the responsibility of the unit owner. With the Association’s blessing, this owner proceeds with the planned window replacement. Years later water leaks begin to manifest in the units beneath. After an investigation, it is determined the leak has occurred due to an improper window installation, resulting in extensive damage to the building envelope. But who bears the cost?

Scenario 2: A penthouse owner wishes to construct a new deck on the roof top. Again, it is his responsibility and the Association approves the design. Years later repairs to the roof need to be made. However, the penthouse owner’s deck covers a large portion of the roof. Who bears the cost to remove and replace the deck to repair the roof? What if, upon installation of the deck, the roof is damaged?

In this panel, we discuss the hidden dangers to common owner improvements, and how Associations can protect their community from lasting adverse impacts and added expense.

[Option B] Order From Chaos — Enforcement options when asking nicely doesn’t work

Presented By:

Increasingly, we see associations with owners who just don’t seem to understand or care about their obligations. Letters and fines don’t work. They don’t pay the fines, or they pay and don’t change behavior. We explore options related to using collection remedies to force compliance, using the courts, and alternative dispute resolution programs. Suitable for all community types.

Manager Toolbox Series - Icon[Option C] Manager Toolbox Series

Two topics covered for newer managers, or veterans looking for a refresher.

Governing Documents

Presented By:

This session is designed to reinforce knowledge of community association governing documents with an emphasis on what terms commonly differ between communities, so that newer community managers (or those looking for reinforcement of the basics) can create a customized summary of key provisions for each community you represent.

Are Communications Between Association Managers and the Association’s Attorneys Confidential?

Presented By:

While Communications between attorneys and board members are privileged as matter of law, is that privilege lost when the association manager is communicating with the attorneys on behalf of the board? This seminar will discuss how if handled properly, communications with association managers can be kept privileged and confidential. A discussion of recent case law will also be included in the seminar.

[Noon – 1:15 p.m.] Lunch & Exhibit Hall
[1:15 – 2:30 p.m.] Three Concurrent Sessions (Select One)
[Option A] Managing Remediation Projects and Assessments: On Your Marks….Get Set….WHOA!

Presented By:

From leaky windows and aged roofs, what seems like a minor problem can grow into a major expense. Experts will discuss best practices in evaluating the problem, legal considerations, how to prepare and qualify for financing, and project and assessment management. Take away useful tools to keep the project on track.

Manager Toolbox Series - Icon[Option B] Manager Toolbox Series

Two topics covered for newer managers, or veterans looking for a refresher.

One Size Fits All – Budgets under WUCIOA

Presented By:

This session will cover the applicability of the Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act’s (WUCIOA’s) budget process and what managers may need to do differently during budget season. We’ll discuss the extent to which these provisions apply to pre-existing communities and how managers can help their community association clients understand what provisions of their governing documents no longer apply (if any).

Reserve Studies

Presented By:

We will discuss the basics of the process for preparing a reserve study, how to read your study, and how to determine which communities are required to perform an annual study. We will also discuss what disclosures are required under WUCIOA. Whether you are a new manager to the industry or simply want a refresher, this class will be packed with practical tools for your management tool box.

Reverse Trade Show Icon[Option C] Reverse Trade Show

With Management Company CEOs/Executives and Business Partners

What Is A Reverse Tradeshow?

Managers, this is your opportunity to meet new Business Partners for your associations!
Business Partners, this is your opportunity to ask a room full of community association managers your burning questions.

[2:30 – 4 p.m.] Exhibit Hall Reception

Reception Sponsored By: Arborwell and OAC Services, Inc.

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Made For Managers Day Presenters:

Jo Flannery, Esq.

Jo Flannery, Esq.

Attorney, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Jo Flannery, Esq. is a member of the Litigation and Real Estate departments at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC. Raised by a real estate agent, and a former Realtor herself, she has a particular interest in the many facets of real property law.

Now in her third decade of practice, she primarily focuses on community association law; construction defects and disputes; environmental contamination and regulation; general real property; and insurance law.

Alicia M. Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Alicia M. Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

Community Association Manager, CWD Group, Inc. AAMC

Alicia M. Graham, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Community Association Manager, CWD Group, Inc. AAMC has been working in the Community Association industry since 1999. In her role as Community Association Manager for CWD Group, Inc., she specializes in the management of her team, mentoring fellow Managers, budget development, administration, and management of hi-rise, mixed-use, retail, and master Condominium Associations in Seattle and Bellevue. Alicia has remained on the cutting-edge of industry needs by maintaining strategic partnerships with Business Partners, and positive working relationships with Boards of Directors, Homeowners and Residents. She has been a very active volunteer for WSCAI, currently serving as President WSCAI’s Board of Directors. Alicia was awarded the WSCAI Community Association Manager of the Year award in November of 2015.

Dave Gramann

Dave Gramann

Principal, Amento Group

Dave Gramann’s 19 years in the construction industry has given him extensive hands-on knowledge of estimating, construction management, building envelopes, and cladding systems. Prior to joining Amento Group, Dave worked for a high-profile construction company in the Seattle area as a Project Manager and Head Estimator where he continued to refine his skills and knowledge in the remediation industry. His skills developing critical path construction schedules and preparing estimates for large scale remediation projects enhance Amento Group’s depth of construction knowledge. With a well-rounded field background, Dave brings a practical approach to solving building envelope issues with a focus on constructability and aesthetics.

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.

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.

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.

Jill Jones

Jill Jones

Senior Association Banking Officer, Columbia Bank

Jill Jones is an experienced lender specializing in lending solutions to Homeowners and Condo Associations throughout the State of Washington. Jill is active in the WSCAI serving on the Business Partner Committee. She has served as Treasurer of her condo association for over 19 years giving her a great understanding of the issues and concerns facing board members and homeowners. Jill is a former CPA with over 20 years of lending experience.

Nicole Lemons, CMCA

Nicole Lemons, CMCA

Director of Project Administration, Emerald Management and Consulting

Nicole Lemons, CMCA, is an experienced property management professional with over sixteen years in the industry. She is a leader in the Community Association management field, an active member of the Washington Chapter of community Association Institute (WSCAI), and holds the CMCA certification. Nicole specializes in providing administration services for construction projects and insurance claims.

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS

Project Manager, Association Reserves of WA

Karen McDonald, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, RS, is a Project Manager at Association Reserves of WA. A former association manager, 2018 marks Karen’s 18th year in the community association industry where she now helps bridge the gap between associations and their reserve studies. Karen is President Elect for the WSCAI Chapter and serves as liaison to the Communications Committee and the Market Expansion Committee. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening and traveling.

Valerie Oman, Esq.

Valerie Oman, Esq.

Partner Attorney, Condominium Law Group

Valerie Oman, Esq., is a partner at Condominium Law Group, where she has practiced since 2009. She represents community associations on collections, general counsel, and governance issues. Valerie is passionate about providing high quality, practical legal services and solutions to our clients. Valerie graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law (2005). Valerie grew up in the Pacific Northwest, is an avid Seahawks fan, and speaks four languages with varying degrees of fluency. Valerie loves spending time with her young child, family, and friends as well as her dog, Dot. She can often be found hiking, cooking, or planning her next travel adventure. An active WSCAI volunteer, Valerie is a speaker at industry events, management seminars, and community associations, and contributes regularly to industry periodicals.

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.

David Silver

David Silver

Partner & Seattle’s Lead General Counsel, Barker Martin, P.S.

David Silver is a partner and Seattle’s lead general counsel at Barker Martin, P.S. Dave’s practice focuses on advising condominium and homeowner associations regarding all aspects of governance, assisting associations with their day-to-day interactions with third parties, and interpreting, amending and enforcing CC&Rs. Dave is an active member of WSCAI and has been a speaker at numerous educational events.

Daniel Stein, Esq.

Daniel Stein, Esq.

Partner, Stein, Sudweeks & Stein

Daniel Stein, Esq., is a partner at Stein, Sudweeks & Stein and specializes 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 & Stein, Daniel worked on complex class action lawsuits.

Josh Strange

Josh Strange

Project Construction Manager at Amento Group

Drawing from his breadth of knowledge and experience, Josh Strange’s neighborly rapport is one of his greatest assets: crafting a narrative that expertly steers clients through the construction or remediation process. Josh’s own story began right here in Seattle at Pioneer Masonry and then on to UW as a building envelope mason in the Facilities Maintenance and Construction Department. His 15 years’ field experience in building forensics, historic masonry, and commercial waterproofing led nicely into his work at Amento Group. In 2014, Josh joined Amento Group as a Field Technician, scaling Seattle’s skyline to perform condition assessments and leak investigations. Now a Construction Project Manager, Josh provides construction management services, building defect analysis, investigation forensics, litigation support, remediation planning and historic masonry restoration & preservation.

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Chapter Magazine

Community Associations Journal May 2019 Issue - Cover

Calendar

May 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Communications Comm Mtg
2
  • CA Day Committee Mtg
3
4
5
6
7
8
  • Board Meeting
9
  • Managers Only Meeting
10
11
  • Tri-Cities Educational Symposium
12
13
14
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
15
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
  • Community Outreach Committee Mtg - WSCAI
16
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
17
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
18
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
19
20
21
22
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
  • Chapter Mixer
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
  • Market Expansion Comm Mtg Conf Call
30
31
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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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Chapter Magazine

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Calendar

May 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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  • Communications Comm Mtg
2
  • CA Day Committee Mtg
3
4
5
6
7
8
  • Board Meeting
9
  • Managers Only Meeting
10
11
  • Tri-Cities Educational Symposium
12
13
14
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
15
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
  • Community Outreach Committee Mtg - WSCAI
16
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17
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
18
  • CAI Annual Conference (Orlando, FL)
19
20
21
22
  • Business Partners Comm Mtg
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23
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27
28
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  • Market Expansion Comm Mtg Conf Call
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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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If you would like to join the LAC, please reach out to Krystelle Purkey, contract lobbyist, at krystellepurkey@icloud.com.

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.

Written By WSCAI's Legislative Action Committee (LAC)

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Federal Tax Law Changes in 2018 for Community Associations

Federal Tax Law Changes in 2018 for Community Associations

[ Blog/News ]

Qualifying residential homeowners and condominium associations have the unique option in Federal taxation to file one of two tax forms. (This discussion does not include nonresidential, timeshare, cooperatives, commercial or exempt associations).

(Editor’s Note: This blog article first appeared in the April 2018 issue Community Associations Journal. It is a second in a two-part article. Part One appeared in the March issue.)

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Community associations can file form 1120-H, U.S. Income Tax Return for Homeowners Associations or they can file form 1120, U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return. The determination as to which tax return to file is outside the scope of this analysis. However, it should be noted that if the association qualifies to file form 1120-H, this is an annual election and an association can change between the two tax returns each year.

The new Federal tax law makes no changes to form 1120-H. There is a flat tax rate on taxable income of 30%. That remains the same.

However, there is a Federal tax rate change when filing form 1120 effective January 1, 2018. 

From 2005 through 2017 there was a phased tax rate schedule as follows:

Over But not over Tax is Of amount over
$0 $50,000 15% $0
$50,000 $75,000 $7,500 + 25% $50,000
$75,000 $100,000 13,750 + 34% $75,000
$100,000 $335,000 $22,250 + 39% $100,000
$335,000 $10,000,000 $113,900 + 34% $335,000
$10,000,000 $15,000,000 $3,400,000 + 35% $10,000,000
$15,000,000 $18,333,333 $5,150,000 + 38% $15,000,000
$18,333,333 35% $0

It is common to hear that the U.S. corporate tax rate has been 35%. However, as noted above, that is not entirely true – and especially not for most community associations. In our experience, we have found that the majority of associations have taxable income under $50,000; thus, their tax rate has been 15%.

Under the new tax law there is a permanent flat corporate rate of 21%. Thus, many community associations will actually see an increase in their tax rate from 15% to 21% when they file their 2018 1120 tax returns.

Additionally, while we are not discussing the pros and cons of filing 1120 vs. 1120-H, it should be noted that filing 1120 is a much riskier tax option and requires much more diligent accounting and financial reporting. At times, the community association has been swayed into filing form 1120 due to the 15% tax differential. However, now that the tax rate difference is 9%, (21% vs. 30%) some associations may consider the cost versus benefits and conclude that the risk is no longer worthwhile for only a 9% tax savings.

For those associations filing form 1120, there are some additional tax law changes:

  • Expensing of short-lived assets (rather than depreciating them). This is fully in effect through 2022, and then gradually phased out by 2026.
  • Elimination of net operating loss carrybacks and limitations on carryforwards.
  • Elimination of the corporate alternative minimum tax.

Quite frankly, most associations will not be affected by the above items. The large, high taxable income community associations should discuss all the new tax law ramifications with their tax preparer. However, most associations filing form 1120 are limited in their ability to use the above deductions. Nonmembership and investment income is taxable. Tax regulations (IRC Section 277) do not allow for an offset to taxable income from membership losses, including depreciation deductions. Again, this is another reason that filing form 1120 is a more complex matter than form 1120-H.

Summary of Impact on Community Associations

  • Form 1120-H – No Change
  • Form 1120 – If taxable income under $50K, tax rate increase from 15% to 21%
  • Form 1120 – If taxable income over $50K – would need analysis based on specifics

By Gayle Cagianut, CPA

Owner, Cagianut & Company, CPA

Gayle Cagianut is the owner of Cagianut & Company (C&C), and has been a leader in the community associations industry for over 25 years. C&C now works with almost 800 associations in Washington and Idaho performing audits and tax returns. As education is a primary focus of C&C, Gayle provides numerous volunteer hours speaking and writing about accounting, auditing and tax matters specific to condominiums and homeowners association.

Gayle is a member of the Washington State Community Association Institute (WSCAI) and Washington Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs. She is a CAI National Faculty Member and was elected to CAI National Business Partners Council. 

A prior CAI National Author of the Year Award winner, Gayle is an original co-author for the “Guide to Homeowners Associations” for Practitioner’s Publishing Company (PPC), a national CPA manual. She is also a current contributing author/editor for a Commerce Clearing House (CCH) national CPA manual.

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