November 14, 2020 by Steve Horvath | Last Updated: November 15, 2020

Despite a myriad of maintenance, repair and replacement, COVID-19 has undoubtedly become the hot topic of 2020 in nearly every residential multi-family community across the world.  Relatively frequent guidance updates from multiple sources including the CDC, WA State governor's office and our local King County and Seattle governments, some of which do not perfectly align, create a minefield of both regulations and guidance to navigate.  Since mid-March, the residential community response to COVID-19 has been brisk, but varied.  Board members and management companies are at a crossroads of literature, regulations, guidance and best efforts to address owner and resident concerns for common amenities impacted by virus precautions.

Stating in April 2020, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 20-51 eliminating requirements for community associations like condominiums to hold meetings in person based on provisions in RCW 24.03 (Nonprofit Corporations Act) and RCW 64.90 (WUCIOA).  Many associations did not already have language in their governing documents requiring in-person meetings, so this loosening of requirements was in some cases a reminder of the ability to meet virtually.  Some associations managed to arrange virtual annual meetings close to their usual dates while others pushed these important events several months out while grappling with the realities of COVID-19.  The push to meet virtually has enhanced general meeting attendance at some organizations and provided opportunities for increased transparency.

Meetings aside, COVID-19 has presented a host of other challenges and raised some important questions that still circulate in condominium conversations.  Below are several of these question and some answers.