Category: Commercial Real Estate

Landlord COVID Relief

With the COVID-19 pandemic came both federal and state moratoria prohibiting or limiting commercial and residential evictions.  Governor Inslee’s eviction moratorium ends on September 30, 2021.  But in the meantime, the Washington legislature passed strict new residential landlord tenant laws that permanently limit landlords’ ability to evict problem tenants.  The City of Vancouver also has…

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Escrow Relief for Residential Developers!

On May 12, 2021, Governor Inslee signed SB 5024, removing the requirement to place all earnest money received for a common interest community property (condos, subdivisions, etc.) in an escrow account.  Now, developers can simply secure a bond, instead and use the earnest money for construction costs. Since July 2018, developers of residential subdivisions and…

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Condo and HOA – Avoid Invalid Budgets

Washington condominium and homeowner associations formed before July 2018 need to be aware that the law requires all annual budgets and special assessments to be reviewed and approved by the members. Any budget or special assessment that is not provided to members for approval is invalid. The Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA) became…

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Property Insurance For Business

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Business Property Insurance and Understanding Your Commercial Lease You understand your business, your customers’ needs and how to provide your customers with the most quality service and products. However, understanding the property insurance provisions in your commercial lease is just as important for your business and plays a significant role in protecting your business’ assets…

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Plans for Recovery and How to Return to Work

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As the COVID-19 curve appears to be flatting somewhat, people are starting to think about and plan for coronavirus recovery and how to return to work.  The basic outlines of plans are starting to take shape.  As we hear details, we will post them here. FEDERAL The White House published a three-phased Opening Up America…

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COVID-19 and Force Majeure Clauses in Commercial Leases

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April 6, 2020 By: Natalya Belonozhko Coronavirus (COVID-19) and governments’ orders to close non-essential businesses in Oregon and Washington have impacted businesses’ ability to operate in their leased spaces and pay rent under their commercial leases. Force Majeure Clause Most commercial leases include a force majeure clause. A force majeure clause provides for the parties’…

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