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Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act June 2024 Update

Associations be warned. Washington Senate Bill (SB) 5796 just took effect in Washington state as of June 6, 2024. A change that affects homeowner’s associations, condominiums, and planned used developments alike. The two changes to be aware of are 1) the provisions in existing common interest ownership act have been amended, and 2) effective January […]

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A Rock and a Hard Place: Homeowners’ Associations

Homeowners’ and community associations (“Associations”) play a pivotal role in managing the collective aspects of residential communities. The basic premise of an Association is this: the Association is funded by fees collected from homeowners, and in return are tasked with the responsibility of maintaining common areas, shared amenities, and enforcing rules decided by the community.

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New Rules for Independent Contractors

On January 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule that will change how companies classify workers as employees or independent contractors, starting on March 11. Specifically, the Department of Labor’s rule states that workers are to be considered employees rather than  when they are “economically dependent” on a company. Background This

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Eliminating Statutory Membership

Introduction Nonprofit organizations governed by the Washington Revised Code (RCW) 24.03A, often grapple with the concept of membership as well as the members’  rights and responsibilities of members. While members play a crucial role in the governance of these organizations, there are situations where nonprofits may consider eliminating statutory membership. This blog will address why

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Can Association Members Be Bound by Unrecorded Declarations?

Yes, is the short answer. The long answer is yes if certain facts exist within your Homeowner Association (“HOA”) or other Community Association (both of these may be generally refer to as “Association”). The longest answer is that Washington state courts are likely to bind someone to unrecorded restrictions, rights, and obligations.   Background The situations

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Introduction to Alcohol Permit Types for Fundraising Events

Welcome to our introduction on navigating the world of alcohol at events in Washington State. Whether you’re organizing a public fundraiser, a private soirée, or just curious about the ins and outs of serving alcohol, we’ve got you covered. Let’s break down the essentials in a friendly and easy-to-understand manner.  Alcohol plays a significant role

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Can My HOA get Tax-Exemption from the IRS?

Can an association – a homeowners’ association (“HOA”) or condominium association – receive tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). In short, maybe. There are three avenues for an association to qualify for tax-exempt status. These different paths are referred to by the section of the Tax code that provides the tax exemption, and

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Subleasing

During hard economic times, subleasing space can be a smart way for businesses to increase their income. By renting out unused portions of their leased space to subtenants, businesses can offset some of their rent and other expenses. Subleasing can also help businesses generate revenue without having to take on additional financial obligations, such as

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