“The Mystery of the Super Loud Air-
Associations are also parties to
litigation on occasion, though board
members are mostly protected indi-
vidually against liability for their as-
sociation-related actions. A lot of our
work involves reaching resolutions
before a lawsuit gets filed. However,
newer condominiums are frequently
involved in construction-defect law-
suits with the developer, and asso-
ciations have to be wary of premises
Some community association lawyers focus their practices on recovery
of delinquent assessments. Assessments pay for things like maintenance of the common parts of the
condominium, liability and property
insurance, and certain utilities. If an
owner fails to timely pay his assessments, there is an automatic lien on
his home that may be foreclosed. A
couple of years ago, owners were not
paying assessments because they
didn’t have the money. Now they just
don’t want to pay.
The good news is that, due to the
breadth of issues we encounter in our
practice, a typical community association lawyer rarely lives the same day
at work twice. The bad news is that, at
any time, we may get a phone call from
a client about a four-alarm condominium fire caused by someone’s hyperactive pet marmoset who likes to play
with matches … and neither the primate nor its wildlife-smuggling owner
has homeowner’s insurance. NWL
PERYEA is a
representation of community asso-
ciation clients. She rents a condo-
minium unit in Seattle, and once got
in trouble for failing to break down
her cardboard boxes in the recycling
bin. She can be reached at allison.
Robert V. Boeshaar
ATTORNEY AT LAW | LL.M., PLLC
206.623.0063 | boeshaarlaw.com
1000 Second Avenue, Suite 3000 | Seattle, WA 98104
Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation
Over 14 years experience with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel
I help individuals and businesses
find the best resolution to their
disputes with the IRS.
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2015); Utter v. Bldg. Indus. Ass'n of Washington, 182 Wn.2d
398 (2015); City of Bellevue v. Pine Forest Properties, Inc., 185
Wn.2d 244 (2014); In re Guardianship of Jensen, 187 Wn. App.
325 (2015); Cedar Grove Composting, Inc. v. City of
Marysville, __ Wn. App. __ (July 6, 2015); Wuth ex rel.
Kessler v. Laboratory Corp. of America, __ Wn. App. __ (Aug.
24, 2015); Estate of Hambleton, 181 Wn.2d 802, (2014);
Holmquist v. King County, 182 Wn. App. 200 (2014); United
Services Auto. Ass’n v. Speed, 179 Wn. App. 184 (2014);
Marriage of Valente, 179 Wn. App. 817 (2014); Fair v. Powers
& Therrien, 181 Wn.2d 117 (2014); Anderson v. Dussault, 177
Wn. App. 79, rev’d 181 Wn.2d 360 (2014); Walsh v. Reynolds,
183 Wn. App. 830, rev. denied, 340 P.3d 938 (2014); Expedia,
Inc. v. Steadfast Insurance Co., 180 Wn.2d 1014 (2014); LKO v.
TCG, 168 Wn. App. 862 (2012), aff’d 181 Wn.2d 48 (2014);
Tamosaitis v. Bechtel National, Inc., 182 Wn. App. 241 (2014)
Dellen Wood Prod., Inc. v. Dept. of Labor and Indus., 179 Wn.
App. 601 (2014); Marriage of Wright, 179 Wn. App. 250
(2014); Camicia v. Howard S. Wright Const. Co., 179
Wn.2d 684 (2014); Miller v. Kenny, 180 Wn. App. 772 (2014)
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