May 17, 2019

Washington Court of Appeals Affirms Covenant Enforcement Jurisdiction

The Washington Court of Appeals recently ruled in an unpublished opinion that a superior court had jurisdiction over a covenant enforcement lawsuit by a community association against a set of its owners.  The litigation concerned the owners' decision to build an addition to their deck on their property without the approval of the association's architectural control committee as required by the association's covenants.  The superior court entered a judgment for the association that awarded over $200,000 in attorney fees, noting that it had original jurisdiction over actions for enforcement of covenants under Article 4, Section 6 of the Washington Constitution.