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Notice! Notice! Notice! Contractors – Provide Your Proper Notices!

Washington State Business & Real Estate Lawyer Babak Shamsi | 5/11/2021
Washington State, and particularly King and Snohomish Counties have grown rapidly in recent years. New construction and remodeling projects are a part of the familiar landscape of the area. Contractors and subcontractors who provide labor, professional services, materials, or equipment to improve real property, however, must navigate through the extensive statutory scheme contained in RCW… Read More

Even Single Member LLCs Need Written LLC Agreements

Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David C. Tingstad | 5/5/2021
Investors regularly make the mistake of assuming they do not need a written LLC agreement when they form a single-member entity. In the absence of a written LLC agreement, statutory default rules apply, which often come with surprising consequences. A Hypothetical Let us consider, for example, you purchase a fourplex in your own name then transfer… Read More

Recovering Your Security Deposit – A Statute Of Limitations Decision For Washington’s RLTA

Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David C. Tingstad | 4/28/2021
Recently, the Washington State Supreme Court published its decision in Silver v. Rudeen Mgmt. Co, a case surrounding Washington’s Residential Landlord Tenant Act (RLTA), RCW 59.18. The issue in Silver was the statute of limitations for recovery of a tenant’s security deposit. Facts Thomas Silver leased an apartment from Rudeen Mgmt. Co. from 2012-2015. Silver… Read More

Rental Housing License And Inspection Program – Coming Soon To A City Near You

Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David C. Tingstad | 4/7/2021
The City of Burien established a Rental Housing Inspection Program in September 2019 which applies to apartments, duplexes, triplexes and four-plexes. Currently, single-family homes, condos, townhomes, short-term rentals, and others are exempt from the licensing and inspection requirements in the City of Burien. In the City of Burien, the rental license is managed by the… Read More

Private Condemnation: A Remedy For Landlocked Property And Access Problems

Washington State Litigation and Real Estate Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie | 4/5/2021
Eminent domain, generally speaking, is the power of the government to take private property without the private owner’s consent.  Under the U.S. Constitution, the government exercising this power must compensate the property owner for the fair market value of the property taken.  The U.S. Supreme Court has held that it is not a violation of… Read More

Be Careful When Transferring Real Property To Your LLC

Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David C. Tingstad | 3/31/2021
Real estate investors regularly purchase investment property in their name and transfer the property to a wholly owned LLC after closing the purchase. In this case, on purchase, the “insured” is a person for title insurance. What happens to title insurance once the investor transfers the property to their LLC? This question was addressed in… Read More

Hammond v. The Everett Clinic And Shareholder Agreements

Washington State Business and Real Estate Lawyer David C. Tingstad | 3/24/2021
In last week’s blog, I discussed restrictions on the transfer of shares in a shareholder agreement. This week, taking it a step further, I will discuss certain transfer restrictions discussed in a recent Washington Court of Appeals Case: Hammond v. Everett Clinic, PLLC, No. 80772-2-I, 2021 WL 961130 (Wn. App. Mar. 15, 2021). Case Dispute… Read More

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