Condominium Law Group Zoom Q&A - September 29, 2021

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DISCLAIMER - The discussions in this Zoom Q&A are not legal advice and cannot be used to advise any particular association with any specific question and/or circumstances. The comments in this Zoom Q&A are intended for informational purposes only.

Today's Topics:

  • CA Day coming up on October 9. Proof of vaccination required to participate.
  • COVID-19 updates: Statewide indoor mask mandate went into effect 8/23/21. Statewide outdoor mask mandate at events with 500+ people went into effect 9/13/21.
  • Effective 10/25/21, King County will require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for outdoor public events with 500+ people and at indoor entertainment and recreation establishments, including bars, restaurants, gyms, etc.
  • Seattle eviction moratorium extended through January 2022. Landlords newly required to give 6 months' notice of rent increase.
  • WA eviction moratorium extended through 10/31/21. Prohibits evictions for non-payment of rent only.
  • Statewide burn ban in effect though 9/30/21.
  • Homeowner Assistance Fund, part of American Rescue Plan Act.
  • If an owner fails to respond to a violation notice with due process, can the fine be assessed?
  • How to handle credit balances when owners sell their unit/lot.
  • Whether to send violation notices via certified mail in addition to regular mail.
  • How alternate board members "operate" when it comes to unanimous written consent.
  • Brief discussion of 1st Amendment right to free speech and question about hate speech.
  • Why a W-9 is necessary when hiring a vendor to provide services to your association.
  • Can an association regulate smoking in units/homes by rule, or is a declaration amendment required?
  • Does a new set of rules supersede, invalidate, and make obsolete older rules documents?
  • Best approach to governing document revisions to make deck maintenance, repair, and replacement an owner responsibility.
  • Options for dealing with an owner whose unit creates a hazard to the building or other owners (i.e., hoarding, bed bugs).
  • Community created in 1965 (pre-HOA Act) - how do they know if they are an HOA?
  • How to make reserve disclosures in your budget summary.
  • If/how to respond when an owner is sending out letters with misinformation about board decisions, etc.
  • Question about amending bylaws.