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What can an association charge back to an owner? — By Bennett A. Taylor, Esq. —


h are regular assessments for common expenses; however depending on the facts, several types of


charges can be levied against owners and their property. This article will focus on different kinds of amounts  related to “misconduct” and when it is appropriate to charge these expenses back to owners.


Enforcement Fines:


If an owner is behaving in a manner in violation of the governing documents, one method to try and get them  Due process is at the foundation of levying enforcement  the owner notice of the alleged infraction and a right to be heard before the board prior to the levy of the  64.90.405(2)(l).


Fines must be ‘reasonable’ and pursuant to a previously  is a possibility for such behavior. Assuming the owner has 


22 Community Associations Journal | December 2020


 then become an ‘assessment’ which can then be levied against the owner and their property. The take-home here  


“Misconduct”:


 penalize noncompliant behavior, or restore compliance, sometimes an owner may be charged for the actual damage they cause. If a common expense is caused by the “misconduct” of an owner, then the association may assess that expense against the owner’s unit. See RCW 64.34.360(5). For associations governed by RCW 64.90, the expense must arise from “willful misconduct or gross


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