Condominium Law Group, PLLC
Representing Washington Condominium and Homeowner Associations


Condominium Law Group is committed to educating association Board members, association managers and homeowners.  With this in mind, in fall 2015 we updated and published "CondoLaw's 2015 Handbook for Community Associations."  This book is an update to our 2012 book, which we have removed from this site.  

Are you thinking about updating your governing documents?  In fall 2015, we also published a book titled "Restating the Obvious - How to Revise Your Association Governing Documents to Better Serve Your Community."  If you would like a copy of this book, please email us.  Otherwise, feel free to view the links below. 

Would you like to receive automatic updates about topics affecting WA State Community Associations?  Please email us and we will add you to our distribution list.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the book's chapters below. 

You may print and share these chapters with your association.  However, we request that you do not alter this material in any way.  We will periodically update this page with new chapters so check back frequently.  We are always available to answer your community association questions.

This is not legal advice as you may need to consult an attorney to review the documents and specifics for your association.

Looking for our 2017 & newest handbook for Community Associations?  Click on the title below.

2017 CondoLaw's Handbook for Community Associations

2015 CondoLaw's Handbook for Community Associations 

2015 Handbook for Community Associations

1. Animals: May a community ban or restrict them?

2 Sex offenders and criminals: Can they be banned by a community?

3 Smoking: Can an association ban smoking?

4 Satellite dishes: Can an association restrict the installation or use of satellite dishes?

5 Solar Panels: Can an association restrict the installation or use of solar panels?

6 Restrictions on Use: Can an association restrict use of a swimming pool/other amenities to adults only part of day?

7 Restrictions on Use: What percentage of owners must approve a rental restriction in a condominium?

8 Restrictions on Use: Can an HOA prohibit short term rentals?

9 Restrictions on Use: Can Associations limit Airbnb rentals of an owner's home, or part of home, if owner lives there?

10 Restrictions on Use: What is required to create new covenants in an HOA?

11 Restrictions on Use: Can property owners be bound by unrecorded restrictions, rights, and obligations?

12 Board of Directors: Is an association required to have a board?

13 Board of Directors: Can board members be elected without quorum?

14 Board of Directors: What is a board member's duty of care?

15 Board of Directors: Can board members be held liable for their actions?

16 Board of Directors: Can the board exclude and adversarial board member from board meetings?

17 Board member eligibility: Does a person have to be an owner to serve on the board?

18 Board Member Eligibility: Can you prevent some people from serving on the board?

19 Governing Documents: Hierarchy of control

20 Governing Documents: How to deal with conflicts between statutes and governing documents

21 Quorums: What are they and how are they met?

22 Proxies: When are they valid?

23 Cost Allocation: How are costs allocated among owners?

24 Association Budgets: Are major repairs to common areas additions and improvements that require member approval?

25 Association Budget :Must an association ratify a new budget if the board proposes a spending change?

26 Accounting Methods: What are they and is an association required to use one method or the other?

27 Association Property Insurance: Who is insured?

28 Association Property Insurance: Is damange within a COAs property insurance policy deductible considered "uninsured damage"?

29 Statutes of limitations: How long after an amendment is recorded can it be challenged successfully?

30 Association Records: How should association minutes and records be maintained?

31 Association Duties: Does an association have a duty to prevent crime in common areas under its control?

32 Association Businesses: Can an association operate a business to support the community?

33 Fines and Enforcement: What procedures must the association follow when issuing sanctions to enforce covenants?

34 Notice: What does notice mean?

35 Fines and Enforcement: What does opportunity to be heard mean?

36 Disruptive owners: Can the board expel a disruptive owner from a meeting?

37 Withholding Assessments: Can an owner withhold assessments if he does not use association amenities or has a dispute?

38 Inspection and Repairs: How can an association gain entry to an owner's property for inspection or repair?

39 Pets: How does the association remove an offensive or neglected pet from a home?

40 Disabled parking: Must an association provide parking for disabled residents?

41 Association Records: Must an association disclose names of delinquent owners?

42 Association Records: Are emails and electronic documents association records?

43 Attorney Client Privilege: Are communications between an attorney and an association's mgmt protected by AC privilege?

44 Delinquent Owners :Can an association recover an owner's delinquent assessments from a tenant living in the unit?

45 Tenant Rights: What rights does a tenant have relative to the association?

46 Solar Panels: Can owners get tax credits for use and installation of solar panels in a condominium?


Condominium Law Group is committed to educating association board members, association managers and homeowners.  With this in mind, in 2007 we published our book, “Condominium Common Sense: A Handbook for Washington State Condominiums.”  

Click here for the Condominium Common Sense book

Chapter 1--Basic Legal Concepts and Information

Chapter 2--Best Practices for Running an Association

Chapter 3--Condominiums are Multi-Family Housing (Our most requested article!)

Chapter 4--Mistakes You Can Avoid

Chapter 5--Keeping Minutes for Your Association

Chapter 6--Officers of the Board and Conducting Meetings

Chapter 7--Avoiding Personal Liability as a Board Member

Chapter 8--Risk-Based Decision Making

Chapter 9--Evaluating Association Contracts

Chapter 10--Making the Most of Delinquent Assessments (Contents in this chapter have changed.  Please contact us for more information.)

Chapter 11--Choosing Among Collection Options (Contents in this chapter have changed.  Please contact us for more information.)

Chapter 12--Budgets and Planning for the Future

Chapter 13--Reserve Studies (Contents in this chapter have changed.  Please contact us for more information.)

Chapter 14--Insurance

Chapter 15--Water Damage and Who Pays for It

Chapter 16--The Who, How and Why of Condominium Inspections (Contents in this chapter have changed.  Please contact us for more information.)

Chapter 17--How to Choose a Contractor

Chapter 18--Condominiums Borrowing Money

Chapter 19--Restricting Satellite Dishes and Antennas

Chapter 20--Restricting Pets in Your Community

Chapter 21--Noise: The Dull Roar of Condominium Living (Contents in this chapter have changed.  Please contact us for more information.)

Chapter 22--Restricting the Renting or Leasing of Units (Contents in this chapter have changed.  Please contact us for more information.)

Chapter 23--Glossary of Condominium Terms

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