February 20, 2014

Can a Condominium's Common Parking Spaces Be Reserved for Board Use?

I was recently interviewed by HOAleader.com regarding the proper use of common parking spaces at a condominium.  In the resulting article, I discuss how board members who vote to reserve common parking spaces for their own use could be found to be engaging in self-dealing and abuse of authority.  Board members are entrusted with a great deal of power, and they are obligated to exercise that power for the good of the community.  Using that power to benefit themselves is almost always a bad idea.  

If a board wants common parking spaces to be reserved for its members, then the safest course of action is to submit that matter to the owners for a vote. An attorney can help the board identify the correct voting procedure and approval standard.

February 13, 2014

Paralegal Stephanie Chapman Has Joined My Office!

A quality paralegal can be an immense help to a busy attorney.  I am therefore happy to announce that paralegal Stephanie Chapman has joined my office.  Stephanie graduated from the University of Washington in 2006 and earned a paralegal certification from Edmonds Community College in 2012.  She performed office administration services at a law firm that focuses on condominium law from 2009 until 2013.  I look forward to working with Stephanie to provide our Washington condominium and homeowners association clients with the tools they need to succeed.