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Preparing Your Community Associations

Preparing Your Community Associations

THERE ARE MANY laws and regulations in Washington State that community associations should be aware of and prepared to address. Common area safety and electric vehicle charging are two examples that we elaborate on below.

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Application of the 10/25/2021 King County Public Health Order to Common Interest Communities

Application of the 10/25/2021 King County Public Health Order to Common Interest Communities

The King County Public Health Officer issued an order on September 16, 2021, effective October 25, 2021. The Local Health Order requires people ages 12 and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result to enter certain establishments and events, including but not limited to restaurants and bars, gyms, indoor recreational events or establishments, and outdoor events with 500 or more people. A question has arisen as to whether the order applies to gyms, restaurants, and meeting rooms within common interest communities. The text of the order is not clear on the scope of its application. It does not make any exception for members-only establishments. It does refer ambiguously in one place to “public” facilities.

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LAC End of Legislative Session Report 2020

LAC End of Legislative Session Report 2020

Washington’s 2020 Legislative Session ended on March 12. The Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) had a very successful year. The bills described below and outcomes noted are a small snapshot of the hundreds of hours of work by WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and the Chapter’s professional lobbyists to advance the interests of homeowners living in community associations in Washington State.

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Housing for Older Persons – FHA Legal Requirements for Condos and HOAs

Housing for Older Persons – FHA Legal Requirements for Condos and HOAs

This article explains the key requirements for communities to maintain their status—and special legal privileges—as “housing for older persons,” which is of greater importance as the population ages.

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Uncollected Assessments: HOA Budgeting for Bad Debt

Uncollected Assessments: HOA Budgeting for Bad Debt

Budgeting for bad debt is something that associations should consider doing even in the best of times. Saying that associations need only budget for uncollected assessments in a down economy would be as shortsighted as… well, not budgeting for uncollected assessments.

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HOA Countdown – Top 10 Year-End Financial & Tax Items

HOA Countdown – Top 10 Year-End Financial & Tax Items

The end of the year is approaching and before long we will be setting New Year’s resolutions for 2017. But before that new beginning, we need to wrap up 2016. For associations whose year-end is December 31st, there are financial and tax items that need to be addressed by the board and/or management.

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“Getting away” in an HOA:  What can associations do about vacation rentals?

“Getting away” in an HOA: What can associations do about vacation rentals?

Vacation rentals are incredibly popular today. They provide extra income to homeowner “hosts” and inexpensive accommodations for vacationing “guests,” but can impose unwanted burdens on community associations. What can associations do to address these burdens?

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