January 2, 2019

Homeowners Associations Ruled Jointly Obligated to Maintain Pond

After examining the relevant plats and agreements, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled last month that two homeowners associations are jointly obligated to maintain a stormwater drainage pond.  The relevant documents were viewed to complement one other in a manner that established that shared obligation.  This case demonstrates that community associations must carefully evaluate their governing documents and agreements (and sometimes other associations' governing documents and agreements as well) when a dispute arises regarding maintenance obligations.