June 29, 2011

Seattle Condominium Flood Demonstrates Importance of Insurance

An overflowing bathtub caused by a sleepy owner recently plunged the Seattle condominium known as Mosler Lofts into a nightmare. Property damage was extensive, and many of the units had to be vacated for repairs. An unfortunate incident like this should remind condominium associations and their owners that purchasing adequate insurance coverage is advisable even when it is not legally required. It should also cause condominium boards to evaluate their governing documents to determine who pays their association’s insurance deductible in these types of situations. Ben Kakimoto’s discussion of condominium insurance on the Seattle Condo Blog earlier this month is well worth reading. For an overview of Washington condominium associations’ legal duty to purchase insurance, please review my previous post on that subject.