Legislation to change Washington state condo law appears dead

Marc Stiles | Puget Sound Business Journal 

Another year, another unsuccessful attempt in Olympia to make developer-friendly changes to the Washington Condominium Act.

A bipartisan proposal to allow developers to fix construction defects before a homeowners’ association could sue did not make it to the House floor before Wednesday’s cutoff, despite a recommendation from the House Judiciary Committee for passage.

Indications were the bill would not have passed the Senate.

It seemed like it would have been dead on arrival,” said Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island), who proposed the legislation and “absolutely” plans to re-introduce it in 2019.

“We need affordable housing, affordable condos,” she said.

It’s the latest blow to the years-long effort by brokers, affordable housing advocates and developers to reform the act. They argue the act has limited development of condos, which can provide first-time buyers a more affordable entry into homeownership.

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