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March 5, 2008 4:00 PM

New homeowner in the dark about homeowners association

Posted by Elizabeth Rhodes

Q: Having recently purchased a home in Sammamish, I know I'm governed by association rules, and pay annual dues. However, I don't have the slightest clue how to contact the association or who they are. The only success I had was finding a very outdated Web site with no contact information whatsoever.

I suppose I could post a very large and hideous sign in my front yard that violates half of the association rules (maybe put a big antenna on top of it too, for good measure) and wait for them to contact me with a warning, but there must be a better way.

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March 5, 2008 10:00 AM

Action by homeowners association board upsets resident

Posted by Elizabeth Rhodes

Q: I live in a neighborhood governed by a homeowners association. Among other things, the board held an election without giving proper notice and is establishing rules and fines regarding private property that are not provided for in our governing documents. Is there any precedent for claiming a board to be invalid or for disregarding a board's decisions?

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