Municipal Law
May 24th, 2022

Whenever real property is co-owned by multiple individuals, disputes are bound to happen. The owners may disagree about how to develop or maintain the property, whether to sell the property, and so on. The rights of each individual and how disputes among them may be settled depend greatly on the kind of tenancy at play,…

January 15th, 2020

Chong Yim v. City of Seattle, –Wn.2d–, 451 P.3d 675 (2019), also called Yim I, made headlines for its holding that Seattle’s first-in-time rule, which required landlords to rent to the first qualified applicant, was not facially unconstitutional. But it also made a huge change to Washington regulatory takings law by adopting the federal definition of regulatory takings…

October 15th, 2018

The PRA allows members of the public access to public records held by a state or local agency…But sometimes, it is not clear whether a particular organization is an “agency” under the PRA.

September 28th, 2018

While some documents are available online, many documents agencies use or rely on are not readily accessible. The Public Records Act allows you to access records used or held by Washington governmental agencies.

March 23rd, 2015

The Washington Supreme Court recently issued a decision further clarifying what constitutes a sufficient explanation of how an exemption under the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) applies to a public record which is withheld from disclosure.

July 26th, 2013

Meetings of governing bodies of the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County and the governing bodies of public agencies have to comply with the Open Public Meetings Act (RCW 42.30).

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