Castilian Hills Homeowners Association v. Chaffins, (Wash. Ct. App. Oct. 22, 2018)
Homeowner bought home in 2004. In 2016, the homeowner failed to pay his $147 assessment. The homeowners association (“HOA”) assessed a $20 late fee. The homeowner still did not pay, despite the normal language in the HOA governing documents about interest, the right to lien and reasonable attorney fees. After more notices, the HOA filed a lien for $525.52 and then a complaint against the homeowner seeking the $525, plus interest and attorney fees. The homeowner argued to the court that the HOA was “required by statute to provide notice and an opportunity to be heard” prior to filing a foreclosable lien.