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ARTICLE XVI: GENERAL PROVISIONS
Section 1. Covenants Running with the Land. These covenants are to run with the land and be binding on all parties and persons claiming under them for a period of thirty (30) years from the date these covenants are recorded, after which time the covenants shall be automatically extended for 'successive periods of ten (10) years unless an instrument signed by a majority of the individuals then owning Lots has been recorded which reflects their intent to amend, or remove the covenants in whole or in part.
 
Section 2. Amendment. The covenants and restrictions articulated in this Declaration shall run with the land and bind the land for a term of thirty (30) years from the date that this Declaration is recorded. After 30 years have expired, the covenants shall be automatically extended in accordance with the provisions set forth in Section 1 of this Article. So long as the Declarant is either a Class A or Class B member of the Association, this Declaration may be amended only if (a) the Declarant gives the Declarant's express written approval of the amendment in writing, and (b) the Owners of at least 51 percent (51%) of the Lots, including those owned by Declarant, sign an instrument (which may be executed in counterparts) approving the amendment. At such time as the Declarant is no longer a Class A or Class B voting member of the Association, this Declaration may be amended if the Owners of at least 75 percent (75%) of the Lots vote to amend particular provisions of this instrument as then in effect (including any prior amendments). In no event shall any provisions expressly referring to the Declarant be amended at any time without the express written approval of the Declarant or the Declarant's successor, in interest (unless the Declarant, or Declarant's successor in interest, no longer exists). All amendments must be filed with the office of the King County Auditor.
 
Section 3. Insurance. The Association shall have no obligation to obtain any insurance on the Lots or the structures located on the Lots except as expressly provided herein.
 
Section 4. Enforcement. The Association (including the Declarant on behalf of the Association), the Board, or any Owner shall have the right to enforce, by any legal proceeding, all restrictions, conditions, covenants, reservations, liens and charges now or hereafter imposed by the provisions of this Declaration (including, but not limited to, Article XV, Section 15).
 
Section 5. Attorney Fees. In the event that it is necessary to seek the services of an attorney in order to enforce any (1) provisions of this Declaration, or (2) lien created pursuant to the authority of this Declaration, the individual against whom enforcement is sought shall be personally obligated to pay any attorney fees incurred. If the Owner fails to pay such fees within sixty (60) days, such fees shall become a lien against the Owner's Lot.
In any legal action commenced in order to enforce the provisions of this Declaration, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover all reasonable attorney fees and expert witness fees incurred in order to enforce the provisions of this Declaration. The prevailing party shall also be entitled to recover all costs.
 
Section 6. Liens for Other Charges. This Section shall apply to all fees, charges, penalties, interest, costs, attorney fees and other amounts assessed against an Owner or the Owner's Lot (the "other charges") and which are not described in Sections 3 and 4 of Article VIII of this Declaration (the "regular assessments"). Unless otherwise provided in this Declaration, the other charges shall be a personal obligation of the Owner, and also a lien against the Owner's Lot(s) identical to the lien of the regular assessments. The liens upon Lots for other charges may, be recorded, collected and foreclosed in the same manner as liens for regular assessments, with the costs (including reasonable attorney fees) of collection or foreclosure, or both, to be additional "other charges" for which the Owner shall be personally liable and which shall be a lien on the Owner's Lot enforceable as provided in this Section.
 
Section 7. Interest. All assessments, penalties, liens, fines, and other charges (defined in Section-5 of this Article XVI) shall bear interest, if not paid when due, at the rate of 12 percent (12%) per annum until paid in full. The interest shall accrue from the due date.
 
Section 8. Successors and Assigns. The covenants, restrictions and conditions articulated in this Declaration shall run with the land and shall accordingly be binding on all successors and assigns.
 
Section 9. Severability. The invalidity of any one or more phases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs or sections herein shall not affect the remaining portions of this Declaration or any part thereof. In the event that one or more of the phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs or sections contained herein should be invalid, this Declaration shall be construed as if the invalid phrase, clause, sentence paragraph or section had not been inserted.
 
Section 10. Rule Against Perpetuities. In the event that any provision or provisions of this Declaration violate the rule against perpetuities, such provision or provisions shall be construed as being void and of no effect as of twenty-one (21) years after the death of the last surviving member of the Temporary Board appointed by the Declarant in the Articles of Incorporation for the Association ("First Temporary Board") of the Association or twenty-one (21) years after the death of the last survivor of all of any of the First Temporary Board member's children and grandchildren who shall be living at the time this instrument is executed, whichever is later. All such provisions shall be given full effect until the particular provisions become void under this Section.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned being the Declarant herein, have hereunto set their hand and seal this 4th day of September 1996.
William E. Ruth
19222 - 108th Avenue S.E
Renton, WA 98055
 
STATE OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF KING
I certify that I know or have satisfactory evidence that William E. Ruth, signed this instrument, on oath stated that he was authorized to execute the instrument and acknowledged it as a free and voluntary act of such part for the uses and purposes mentioned in the instrument.
Date: 9-4-96
Signature of
Notary Public Janet J. Winkle
My appointment expires 10-30-94