Helping real estate owners with the condo conversion process

Converting your leased property into condominiums is never a simple task. The process in Washington State involves many specific steps and requirements that property owners must follow and meet in order for the conversion to be successful and in accordance with the law. If you are considering the conversion of your property into condos, you should always have the assistance of a real estate lawyer who is familiar with the process and all applicable laws.

At the Dickson Frohlich, our lawyers understand how to assist with condo conversions to ensure your conversion is completed in the most efficient and compliant manner possible.


The condo conversion process

During a condo conversion, the sole owner of a rental property reorganizes the way the property is owned and managed. Instead of having one party who owns and manages the entire multi-unit property and leases units to others, the units are each sold to individual buyers who then share in the management and ownership responsibilities of the common areas. This process, however, is more complicated than one may imagine, must follow Washington condominium laws1, and generally requires the following:

  • Housing code inspection and completion of all necessary repairs
  • Issuance of a Notice of Condominium Conversion and public offering statement
  • Offer units for sale and providing purchasers with specific documents set out by the Washington Condominium Act.
  • File a declaration to convert into condos with the correct local government/records agency.
  • Properly notify tenants that their building will be converted into condos.
  • Allow any tenants with lease agreements to finish out their lease term.
  • Determine which tenants will receive relocation assistance.
  • Submit all necessary documents to the proper Planning Department2
  • Obtain all other necessary permits and inspections.

If you do not follow all necessary procedures, you may face serious penalties for noncompliance, so it is always wise to have the guidance of an experienced attorney to ensure you comply with the law during this process.

Contact an experienced condo conversion attorney for assistance today

The experienced real estate attorneys at the Dickson Frohlich know how to help property owners through every step of the condo conversion process.


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    Attorney Thomas L. Dickson

    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    Attorney Robert P. Dickson

    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Attorney Daniel J. Frohlich

    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Daniel E. Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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    Attorney George Knight

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    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, George is active in the firm’s civil litigation and transactional departments. His practice is mainly centered around business law, real estate law, construction law, employment law, and probate law.

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    Attorney Chris J. Lindemeier

    Chris J. Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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    Attorney Kerry P. Zeiler

    Kerry P. Zeiler

    Kerry P. Zeiler is an experienced trial lawyer with over 16-years of experience representing small businesses and consumer plaintiffs in litigation matters. He is admitted to practice in the States of Washington, California and Minnesota.

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    Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer is an associate attorney at Dickson Frohlich where her current practice focuses on real estate law, contract and commercial disputes, and business law.

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    Cambria is an Associate with Dickson Frohlich PS in the civil litigation department, where she practices primarily real estate and probate law.

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    Since becoming an attorney, Alex Britain has practiced extensively in the areas of estate planning, probate, and civil litigation, especially related to probate issues.

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    Katherine E. Baals

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Katherine practices in a range of areas, including real estate, construction, business, and civil litigation.

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