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Trial opens in attempted-murder case stemming from Boulder County squirrel dispute (CO)

The trial for a Gunbarrel man accused of shooting his neighbor over a dispute about feeding the local squirrels began Monday as a Boulder County jury will be tasked with determining if the shooting was an attempted murder or an

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Baca Grande residents address owner/builder issues (CO)

About 70 Baca Grande property owners and builder hopefuls gathered Saturday at the Crestone Charter School to discuss ways to improve their relationship with the Baca Grande Property Owners Association (BGPOA) regarding the building process.  Many of those currently building

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Insights: Construction defects reforms cost lawyers, but it might not save much for Colorado home buyers

After years of Colorado legislative fights over how to save time and money on litigation, two significant but insufficient things happened over the last three weeks that help nail down the issue of construction defects.  If changing the rules of

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Supreme Court makes landmark ruling for condo developers (CO)

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld the right of condominium developers to require disputes go to binding arbitration, essentially putting into state law a contentious provision that construction-defects reform advocates said was the key to reviving a largely defunct

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Three pets killed in Legend Oaks condo fire (CO)

Fire crews responded to a group of condos in Legend Oaks for a large fire early Sunday morning. Residents tell ABC News 4 the fire started around 5 a.m. on Golf View Road. While no injuries were reported, we were

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A forbidden building becomes a welcoming community venue

When Todd Noreen moved to Highlands Ranch in 1991, his home backed up to open land and the historic property known as the Highlands Ranch Mansion. Red and green ivy vines engulfed the front of the castle-like building. Critters inhabited

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Conflicting views on value of licensing HOA managers in Colorado

Colorado’s licensing program for homeowners association managers will turn two in July, and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies is already weighing whether it should continue.  One scenario would be to let the nascent program, which requires background checks on

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Goats to reduce Castle Pine’s fire risk one bite at a time (CO)

You may see hundreds of goats in Castle Pines by the end of the month as they chomp down the risk of fire near the Douglas County community.  South Metro Fire Rescue, along with Pine Ridge Homeowners Association, will be

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Pockets of methane gas detected near site of deadly Firestone home explosion (CO)

Pockets of methane gas remain trapped underground near the site of a deadly home explosion in Firestone, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation said Thursday.  In a presentation to the Oak Meadows Homeowners Association, the COCG shared a photo showing

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Anadarko shuts down 3 wells in neighborhood of Firestone home explosion (CO)

Anadarko Petroleum will permanently shut down three oil and gas wells near the Firestone subdivision where a home exploded last month.  Officials announced the shutdown to the Oak Meadows subdivision Homeowners Association late Wednesday.   Read the article…………….

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Shoddy condo construction lawsuits in Colorado just got harder to file, but that doesn’t mean development slumber is over (CO)

Declaring that the measure “will help make our housing more affordable,” Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed into law one of the most hard-fought compromises of the 2017 session — a bill that will make it more difficult to sue

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How One Neighborhood Saved Millions of Gallons of Water With Native Plants (CO)

Don Ireland’s personal campaign to save water began when he moved to Colorado after years of working as a newspaper reporter. “I’m still curious about how things work,” he says. So when he started attending his homeowners association meetings and

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Aspen condo complex can hook back up with drain system

Aspen city officials allowed a luxury condominium complex to reconnect to the city’s stormwater system Monday, more than a year after discovering a sewage leak that contaminated parts of downtown with E. coli.  The reconnection comes more than nine months

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It could be a few years before Denver developers start adding condos

Legislators finally put together a deal this spring that could lead to more condos in Colorado. The big question now is whether developers will embrace the construction defects reform legislation that’s on its way to the governor’s desk and actually

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Vail records more than 1,400 unlicensed vacation rentals (CO)

Owners who use internet services to rent out their condos, townhomes and other units for short-term rentals are supposed to get Vail business and sales tax licenses. That isn’t happening.  As rent-by-owner services including Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner

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Senate committee gives unanimous OK to bipartisan construction litigation reform bill (CO)

Bipartisan legislation to make it more difficult for homeowners’ associations to sue condominium developers for defective construction is one step closer to becoming law after winning unanimous approval from a Senate committee Monday on its first vote in the upper

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Westminster firefighters rescue person from balcony of burning condo (CO)

Firefighters rescued a person from the balcony of a condominium that caught fire on Monday, the Westminster Fire Department said.  The fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. in the 12100 block of Melody Drive. The fire started in the kitchen

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Construction defects homeowner consent bill breezes through Colorado House

A measure requiring that a majority of homeowners in a condo complex first approve a construction defects action against a builder — rather than just the association board — passed the Colorado House Monday and now moves on to the

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Money pours into legislative races as construction defects debate rages (CO)

Millions of dollars have flowed into state legislators’ campaigns in recent years from both sides of the contentious construction defects debate, even as opposing camps managed to reach a key compromise last week on what has proved to be an

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Leadership is lacking in Colorado’s construction defects battle

The legislative deadlock over construction defect liability has revealed an ugly truth: our state government can’t solve pressing urban problems. Our governor and mayors look on from the sidelines, while two interest groups negotiate over the critical housing issue facing

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Lawmakers announce breakthrough on construction defects reform measure (CO)

Lawmakers at the state Capitol say they have finally reached a compromise over a contentious construction defects reform bill that requires a majority of homeowners in a condominium complex — not just the homeowner association board — give consent to

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Aurora HOA wins $13.5 million award in dispute with Texas homebuilder

A homeowners association in Aurora has received an arbitration award of $13.5 million in a dispute with D.R. Horton Inc., according to a statement from the HOA’s attorneys, Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson PC.  The HOA for The Conservatory neighborhood,

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Sponsors again delay hearing on bipartisan construction defects bill, say negotiations ongoing (CO)

Lawmakers late Tuesday pushed back a scheduled Wednesday committee hearing on a bipartisan construction defects reform bill, saying negotiations involving critical issues are still unresolved.  Groups representing builders and homeowners have been facing off for years over attempts to rewrite

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Defendants lose fight to dismiss Aspen service dog suit (CO)

The defendants in a lawsuit that accuses them of violating federal laws regarding service animals and housing have lost their bid to have the complaint dismissed.  Senior Judge Wiley Y. Daniel’s order issued Wednesday determined allegations against Jack Smith and

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HRCA receives settlement for October fire in Backcountry (CO)

The Highlands Ranch Community Association has received a settlement for the wildfire in Highlands Ranch that it says was caused by Xcel Energy last October, an HRCA official announced at a March 21 board of directors and delegate meeting.  Citing

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Democratic lawmakers, business leaders reach impasse on construction defects legislation (CO)

Construction-defects reform legislation hit a snag as frustrated Democrats accused a group of business leaders and affordable housing advocates of throwing up roadblocks to a bipartisan bill that had been set for its first hearing Wednesday, but a spokesman for

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Aurora condo residents frustrated with hoarding neighbor (CO)

A frustrated and fed-up resident reached out to the FOX31 Problem Solvers, after her pleas for help went unanswered.  She says a neighbor’s hoarding and drug problems are putting her and her community’s health and safety at risk.  The trouble

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Highlands Ranch resident crusading against HOA transfer fees (CO)

You are about to sell your house in a local planned community. All the paperwork is ready. You notice a single line item charging you $350, labeled as a transfer fee for “unreimbursed expenses” incurred — usually by your homeowners

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Why Colorado lawmakers hope this is the year to solve the affordable condo crisis

This much perhaps everyone can agree on: Colorado is in an affordable housing crisis, whether you live on the Front Range, Western Slope or the Eastern Plains. Affordable housing is almost a myth, with rents in Denver for a one-bedroom

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(CO) Grantham: Don’t call new construction defects bill a ‘compromise’

Senate President Kevin Grantham tossed some cold water this weekend on the bipartisan backslapping that greeted the introduction of a new bill aimed at resolving longstanding tensions over construction defects litigation policy and spurring moribund condominium construction across the state.

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Homeowner consent bill introduced in House as latest salvo in construction defects battle (CO)

Yet another attempt to reform Colorado’s construction defects statute has been introduced in the legislature, this time a bipartisan bill that would require majority approval by homeowners to initiate a legal action against a builder rather than leaving that decision

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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan compromise bill to tackle construction defects issues (CO)

A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a compromise bill late Friday aimed at encouraging developers to build condominium projects while preserving the right of homeowners to have their day in court.  The legislation arrives at the end of a week

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Colorado construction-defects reform centerpiece assigned to ‘kill committee’ (CO)

House Speaker Crisanta Duran assigned the business community’s centerpiece construction-defects reform bill late Tuesday to the so-called “kill committee,” disappointing backers and sponsors of Senate Bill 156 and refocusing efforts on a yet-to-be-introduced successor bill that deals with fewer of

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Death of Democratic construction-defects bill refocuses effort on comprehensive reform (CO)

A Colorado Senate committee on Monday killed a construction-defects reform bill described by its author as a compromise measure to untangle the state’s year’s long battle over laws that many argue thwarting new development of affordable multi-family housing in Colorado.

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Mayors campaign for construction defects bill (CO)

While mayors around the metro area are backing a state legislative effort restricting construction defects lawsuits that they say discourage the building of attainable housing — such as condominiums and townhomes — critics say it would take away a homeowner’s

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Construction defects bill OK’d by state Senate committee (CO)

The second piece of legislation aimed at resolving concerns with construction defects in Colorado passed 5-2 Monday by the Senate Business, Labor and Technology committee.  Senate Bill 156 would require homeowners seeking restitution for faulty work by contractors to go

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Apartments v. Condos: Colorado’s construction defect debate, explained

Once again, state lawmakers are arguing about changing construction defect laws.  At the heart of this issue is condo buildings– specifically, the lack of them.  Those who want to change the law argue it’s too easy to sue the builder

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Duran says she’ll monitor GOP bill to steer construction complaints to arbitration (CO)

House Speaker Crisanta Duran said this week she intends to monitor a Republican-sponsored Senate bill aimed at encouraging construction of condominiums by changing how disputes over construction problems are resolved and “see what shape it takes” as it makes its

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Coalition of Colorado Mayors Calls on Legislatures to Pass Senate Bill 156

A bipartisan coalition of metro area mayors in Colorado called on legislatures to pass the Republican-sponsored Senate Bill 156, described as “Homeowners’ Association Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines.” The Colorado Statesman staffer Ernest Luning explains that the bill is likely

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Latest (and Greatest) Colorado Construction Defect Reform Bill—SB17-156

The lack of more affordable housing in Colorado has been well documented over the last several years, and there have been a number of attempts to address reform of the current laws by legislative action. More than 13 communities with

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Can a piecemeal approach get Colorado to construction defects reform?

For years now, construction defects reform has been a top priority for city officials, for affordable housing advocates, for builders and developers, and for years, it hasn’t happened.  The way to make progress on construction defects reform is through narrowly

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Floor-pounding party north of Regis University leads to floor collapse, broken gas line, fire (CO)

A packed, floor-pounding party in a north-metro condo near Regis University grew so intense that the floor collapsed and a gas line broke, leading to a fire early Sunday that burned and blackened the building.   Read the article………….

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Colorado construction defects bill opposed by groups it is designed to help

A bipartisan bill described as getting to the “heart” of the construction defect litigation issue saw widespread opposition Wednesday from the very groups it is intended to help.  The bill still passed the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee by

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(CO) Capitol Conversation: Construction Defects

Lawmakers in both parties are trying to make it more difficult for homeowners to sue condo developers over construction defects. They hope it will lead to more condo development and lower rents. But despite widespread support for the concept, legislation

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Republicans introduce construction-defects reform bill – and it’s got a familiar ring (CO)

Colorado Republicans introduced the centerpiece bill of their construction-defects reform effort Wednesday — and it looks very similar to failed efforts from the 2014 and 2015 sessions.  Senate Bill 156, sponsored by Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, would require that

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Lawsuit filed against HRCA over sale (CO)

Seven community members, including homeowners and delegates — individuals who represent Highlands Ranch neighborhoods — have filed a civil lawsuit against the Highlands Ranch Community Association over the sale of its division that managed the community’s homeowners’ associations.  In short,

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(CO) Lawmakers try a new strategy to help bring condos back to Colorado

A precision-strike approach at the state Capitol to reform Colorado’s construction defects laws — rather than a comprehensive, catch-all bill — may be the best way to jump-start a condo market that has fallen way behind the recent population boom

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Rescuers Find Mother, 2 Kids Unconscious During Condo Fire (CO)

Two children, their mother and a sheriff’s deputy are in the hospital after a Friday morning fire at a condo building in Arapahoe County.   Read the article………..

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Construction-defects reform: Colorado House Speaker lays out changes she will back

Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran would support legislation requiring more homeowners to approve a construction-defects lawsuit and providing more information to those condominium owners about the effect of legal actions, she said Thursday.  It’s the legislative leader’s first indication that

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Bill Introduced Granting Limited Immunity for Unauthorized Practice of Community Association Management

On January 20th, Representative Kevin Van Winkle (R) introduced House Bill 17-1112 (HB 1112) which would provide immunity from penalties for individuals who engage in the unauthorized practice of a profession regulated by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), like

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