CAI WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE

There are two bills in the Washington legislature that need your immediate attention.

SB 5134 is a bill related to providing notice before certain enforcement actions taken by a homeowners or condominium association.

CAI Position: Oppose

This bill is concerning to residents in a condominium and homeowner associations because it mandates a 45-day notice requirement, prior to assessing fines for violations of an association’s governing documents. This unreasonably prolongs resolution of violations, many of which involve the health and safety of the residents, affect insurance coverage, subject the association to fines or penalties assessed by government agencies, and affect the ability of neighbors to sell their homes.

In addition, CAI is concerned with the “fair and impartial” standard added to the opportunity to be heard clause. The proposed revision is unnecessary due to the current statue providing adequate due process protection to individual owners and is likely to lead to costly disputes.

ACTION: Please register your opposition with your legislator by clicking here – Oppose SB 5134. And, please call or email Senator Angel’s office, chair of the Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance and ask her to Oppose SB 5134.Senator Jan Angel may be reached in Olympia at (360) 786-7650 or by email at Jan.Angel@leg.wa.gov.

SB 5250, an act related to amendments to bylaws of a condominium association.    

CAI Position: Oppose, unless amended

The bill is concerning because it does not recognize that bylaws differ significantly among condominium associations and the legislature should consider whether certain amendment topics should be excluded from the alternative process.

It is beneficial for people living in condominiums to have an alternative process for Bylaw amendment adoption where owner apathy prohibits change, but this bill doesn’t ensure there is an equal balance between the rights of individual owners and the authority of the association to fulfill their duty and obligation to the residents of the community.

 The alternative process should not be limited to votes conducted at a meeting. Many association governing documents provide for voting by written consent without a meeting and the alternative voting process should apply in those situations.

ACTION: Please register your concern with your legislator by clicking here – Opposing SB 5250, unless amended. And, please call or email Senator Angel’s office, chair of the Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance and ask her to Oppose SB 5250, unless amended. Senator Jan Angel may be reached in Olympia at (360) 786-7650 or by email at Jan.Angel@leg.wa.gov.

Thank you for advocating for better communities in Washington State. Your voice is important.

Sincerely,

The CAI Washington Legislative Action Committee