Monday, September 8, 2014
Washington State Condominium Owners May Have Less Restrictions
Division One of the Washington Appellate courts may have just increased the number of rental units on the market in the Seattle/Bellevue area. The division came down with a decision of interest to both condo owners and condo associations. The case was Centre Pointe Condo Association vs. Fillmore and it may have a big impact on whether or not condominium association rules restricting the use of the unit are valid. In this case the condominium association had passed an amendment with multiple restrictions on the “use” of the condominiums including a prohibition on renting the units. The court held that under the Washington Condominium Act this type of prohibition requires a vote of 90% of the current owners in favor of the restriction. Condominium associations should be reviewing any amendments to the rules and covenants they have made that impact on the use of the unit. Condominium owners who have been restricted from renting their unit should review the rules of the association and if the use restriction was a later amendment or addition to the original covenants then check to make sure 90% of the owners voted for it. If they didn’t then you may be able to rent that unit.
Dianna CaleyWong Fleming | Washington