Condominium Law Group, PLLC
Representing Washington Condominium and Homeowner Associations

Dedicated to Community Associations

Condominium Law Group’s passion and practice is the representation of Washington State condominium and homeowner associations in the areas of general counsel, collections and litigation.  Our focus is representing people just like you – Condominium and Homeowner Associations.  Condominium Law Group’s number one priority is being responsive to its clients.  When clients call our firm, you will be able to speak directly to one of our attorneys, our legal staff or our executive director.  We reply promptly to your calls, emails and written inquiries.  We will work within your time-frame and budget.  Our goal is to find a cost effective solution that works for you.

• Declaration, By-laws, Rules & Regulations Review and Legal Opinions
• Governing Documents Amendments
• Board Authority & Governance Issues
• Governing Document Enforcement & Interpretation Assistance
• Contract Review & Advice
• Pre- & Post Transition Assistance
• Maintenance Matrix - Who Pays for What?
• Association Incorporation Process
• Insurance Claims Assistance

Declaration, By-laws, Rules & Regulations Review and Legal Opinions 
What do your governing documents say and what does it mean? It is often difficult for boards and association managers to parse out language in their declaration (or CC&Rs), apply it to a particular situation and know with certainty what the end result should be. We can help provide direction when questions arise. The process may be as simple as working it out over the phone or as involved as researching and drafting a formal legal opinion.

Governing Documents Amendments
Whether your documents are in need of minor adjustments or a complete overhaul, we can help get your association’s most important documents in shape. We assist associations with a variety of amendments including:
•  Leasing restrictions;
•  Updating insurance requirements and responsibilities for owners;
•  Defining maintenance and repair responsibilities and assigned responsibility between owners and associations;
•  Clarifying documents to be readable and accessible to owners.

The process of amending association documents can be lengthy and complex. We’ll walk you through step by step, keeping it as straightforward and simple as possible and addressing any questions or concerns you have.

Governing Document Enforcement & Interpretation Assistance
What do you do when an owner simply refuses to live by the rules governing the community, despite warnings, fines and loss of privileges? We can help provide tools and solutions for dealing with difficult owners. We look first to obtain compliance without legal action through alternative solutions, but will also take any necessary steps through the courts to protect your association. We work to pass the cost of obtaining compliance through to the offending owner, not the association, whenever possible. We assist boards in complying with their governing documents as well, especially when boards are considering major repairs or improvements, contentious homeowner meetings or special assessments. This ensures fewer challenges from owners to Board action.

We assist Boards with answers to day-to-day operations questions, frequently by phone or email. Questions from Board members and association managers range from “Who is responsible for replacing windows in a unit?” to “Does the Board have authority to take out a loan?” We review contracts for a variety of services provided to associations, including contracts from vendors, contractors and association managers (to name a few). We help boards balance the risks inherent in any decision while working towards association goals.

In a perfect world, owners pay assessments in full and on time. Unfortunately, delinquent assessments are a reality and a burden for many associations, making it difficult for associations to work within their budgets and provide necessary services to owners. The world of collecting assessments is fraught with uncertainty and involves the unpleasant prospect of taking hurtful action against a neighbor who may have sympathetic reasons to not pay. We understand that collecting past-due assessments is one of the most difficult and unpleasant tasks homeowner associations and association managers must face. We work closely with boards to make decisions on all stages of collection actions, from an initial letter to the owner through foreclosure of the home, if necessary. We help associations balance the risks and avoid legal pitfalls involved in any collection action, while recognizing individual owner hardships may not make rigid adherence to a collection policy reasonable. We help Boards establish clear collections policies which comply with their governing documents and which can be enforced promptly and consistently, while allowing flexibility when necessary. This reduces the number of collection actions in an association and increases the success of those actions.

• Identify & Formalize an Association Collection Policy
• Demand Letters, Liens & Payment Plans
• Foreclosure Procedures

Condominium Law Group provides construction defect evaluation and litigation services to community associations throughout Washington State. We have helped our clients recover more than $25 million in construction defect claims. We are happy to provide a free initial consultation and/or on-site evaluation of your condominium association.

Warranty Claim Services
• Claim Evaluation
• Litigation Services
• Alternate Dispute Resolution
• Litigation (if necessary)
• Appeal Process (if necessary)
• Post-Resolution Assistance

What our clients say!

From a Condominium Association Board Member:

"We have already expressed our thanks to you and your office through Jennifer Hill but I wanted to say a special thanks to you as well.
It is terrible to be falsely accused of anything and ours certainly wasn't a worst case scenario but for people like us who really believed that by conducting honest, dependable decent lives for as long as we have lived, we could avoid such an experience, it was devastating....4 months of unnecessary emotional trauma.
BUT your analysis and understanding of the situation made everything so much better.  We believe in intelligence, facts, knowledge and understanding as a path to honesty and that is all that matters to us but we really were unprepared for outright lies.  We tried to prepare ourselves for a big loss at the hands of nasty accusers and inadequate representation but fortunately the latter was not the case, thanks to you.
As I told you via phone some months before, we chose you from info taken from the internet including your impressive academic background beyond the study of law.  WE NEVER WERE DISAPPOINTED. We appreciated your posting of costs up front and all your prompt and informational calls and e-mails keeping us in the loop."

From a Condominium Association Board Member:

"I have a compliment from a homeowner to pass on to you.  ... he said that if he had a condo, you [Ken Harer] would be their lawyer, as he has great respect for your knowledge and savvy, extending into construction. (which he noted was unusual), and your advocacy."

From a Condominium Association Board Member:

"It is not often that one can say that one is so very satisfied with anyone's performance especially over time. In the case of Valerie Farris Oman we can say that she has consistently earned our praise and gratitude issue by issue and case after case.

We expected competent legal advice but Valerie has delivered extra value to our Homeowner's Association by providing guidance which has anticipated and avoided problems. She has diligently kept us informed about our cases in a very timely manner.

She has been generous with our board by respectfully sharing her knowledge and she makes the effort to be certain that everyone on our Board understands the issues. She has proven to be a savvy negotiator. Valerie has earned our trust and respect by bringing our cases to successful conclusion and by being certain that our Board does not stray from our chosen path. We feel fortunate to have found such a friendly and professional attorney."

From a Community Association Manager:
"In more than six years at this, you [Valerie Farris Oman] are the best collections attorney I have ever worked with."

From a Community Association Manager:
"I just wanted to take a quick moment and thank you for all your services with collections thus far.  Your firm has proven to be on top of its game.  A special thank you to Peter Wilburn as well.  He is a top notch guy with outstanding communications, follow through and guidance.  ALL my boards who have experienced Condominium Law Group, and particularly in working with Peter, have offered extremely favorable compliments."

Visit us at:
Condominium Law Group, PLLC
10310 Aurora Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133

T: 206-633-1520
F: 206-633-1521

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