Homeowners Associations

Gregory F. Cromwell, is a partner with Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC, a law firm located in Kent, Washington. He has been a licensed and practicing lawyer in Washington since 1976. His law practice focuses on representation of homeowners' and condominium owners' Associations. He has provided legal representation for Associations for over 30 years. He and his team of attorneys and paralegals currently represent over 200 Associations, working with property managers and self-managed Associations to ensure the best possible outcomes on client issues. He speaks at seminars and workshops for directors and officers of Associations. He is a member of the Community Associations Institute, a national organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of homeowners' associations, with resources with aid in handling Association issues. He has been an expert witness in a federal court case, assisting an Association defend its actions in enforcing no-business-use covenants.

He and his Team's representation of Associations includes, among other services:

  1. Interpretation and advice regarding enforcing covenants and other governing documents provisions.
  2. Assistance with collection of unpaid assessments:
    • letters to owners;
    • preparation and recording of assessment liens;
    • preparation and filing of releases or satisfactions of liens, once payment is made by the owner;
    • recovery of attorneys' fees incurred by the Association as part of the collection efforts.
  3. Assistance with enforcing compliance with covenants:
    • letters to owners;
    • personal contacts with owners.
  4. Filing and prosecution of litigation regarding Association issues, including but not limited to:
    • assessments collection (including recovery of the Association's attorneys' fees incurred before and during the litigation);
    • covenant interpretation and application;
    • covenant compliance/injunctive relief.
  5. Advising on and assisting with drafting documents and handling issues regarding:
    • governing documents [covenants, articles, bylaws, rules & regulations];
    • amendments to governing documents;
    • meeting documents:
      • proxies;
      • minutes;
      • other documents relating to Board meetings and actions.
  6. Attending Board meetings to speak about and answer questions regarding ongoing Association issues, and assist with issues/advice on general matters of importance to their Association
  7. Attending annual owners' meetings to answer owners' questions and discuss with members procedural and other issues important to their Association's operations, often speaking about roles, duties and responsibilities of serving as a Board member for an Association.

He and his team have successfully completed hundreds of assessment collection and compliance issue projects and cases benefiting out client Associations, through diligent efforts, courteous and professional dialogue with Boards and owners, and using effective legal techniques involving negotiation and litigation.