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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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Condo units in the Timbers can now rent short term (CO)

The Mt. Crested Butte Town Council approved a new plat for the Timbers Condominiums that includes an amendment allowing for short-term rentals. The Mt. Crested Butte Planning Commission recommended approval of the second amendment to the plat, as well as

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Housing coalition skeptical of Legislature’s plan to resolve construction-defect issues (CO)

Interests with the power to drive housing development in Colorado say the lone construction defects bill in the Legislature would do little to spur building.  House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver has pinned much of her hopes for bipartisan success this

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Bill Introduced to Fund Attainable Housing (CO)

As I mentioned in my blog entry kicking off the 2017 legislative session in Colorado, 8 to 10 bills relating to construction defects and the construction of affordable housing are expected to be introduced this session. In my January 12th

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Construction defects bill would tackle this vexing problem by trying to control insurance rates (CO)

Every year, Colorado legislators pledge to tackle construction defects reform, and every year it doesn’t happen.  Democrats and Republicans swear THIS IS THE YEAR, and there’s a bill with bipartisan sponsorship from state House and Senate leadership that focuses not

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Colorado legislators believe this could be the year for construction defects reform

Legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle believe this is the year to pass robust construction defects reform in an effort to spur affordable housing development.  Lawmakers outlined their legislative agendas Thursday at a forum hosted by the Denver

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Early morning condo fire forces dozens from homes on New Year’s Eve (CO)

Several people were displaced, and one person was seriously injured after a fire broke out on the second floor of a condo complex in Denver early Saturday morning.  Denver Fire crews responded to the Morningside Condo complex on Poplar Street

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More than 200 plaintiffs join Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands lawsuit (CO)

A lawsuit that started with two plaintiffs nearly a year ago has swelled to more than 200 complainants who allege the value of their fractional-ownership units at the Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands has dropped more than 80 percent because

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Breaking: Condo fire in Keystone extinguished (CO)

An apparent accidental fire Saturday evening caused significant damage in the Mill Creek condominiums in Keystone, but a sprinkler head kept it from spreading, and no one was injured.   The fire caused significant damage to two units and left

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HOA dispute has escalated to police, private security, lawsuit (CO)

A bitter dispute among members of the homeowners association at the North of Nell has escalated to involve law enforcement, private security and a lawsuit and counterclaims.  Thomas Daly, who owns commercial space in the mixed-use North of Nell building

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Delegates question HRCA after HOA management sale (CO)

Strife continues between a group of Highlands Ranch delegates and the Highlands Ranch Community Association Board of Directors following a decision to sell the division that managed the community’s homeowners’ associations.  Seventeen of the 20 subassociations — which represent about

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Aspen service-dog suit settles (CO)

An Aspen woman’s discrimination lawsuit against a condominium association and a property-management firm over her use of a service dog is on the verge of being settled.  Court papers introduced earlier this month indicate plaintiff Natasha MacArthur has reached an

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Pesticide battle pits homeowners in Lafayette against HOA (CO)

The lawns in Lafayette’s Lilac Hill neighborhood may be covered with fallen leaves but they are still lush and green.  The HOA wants to make sure the grass stays weed-free and in tip-top shape. To accomplish that, they use fertilizers

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Whistle blower: Management firm misused HOA funds (CO)

A complaint filed with the state of Colorado’s real estate regulatory agency alleges that a local property management firm has, since 2012, misused funds intended for homeowners’ association payments in the upscale residential neighborhoods at the base of Aspen Highlands.

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Action Line: Political signs, road closures and bed bugs

QUESTION — Can a homeowner in a homeowners association place political signs in their yard or at their condominium?  ANSWER — My editors said everyone knows what an HOA is, but there was a lot I didn’t know about them,

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Denver7 helps solve HOA dispute over an ugly green-colored paint (CO)

Imagine painting your home and halfway through being told to stop by the very homeowners association that approved it. That’s what one Lakewood family claims happened to them.  Emmanuel Zarate started painting his mother’s home in August. The green-colored paint

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Judge: Aspen service-dog dispute likely headed for trial (CO)

The joint owner of an Aspen condo and a homeowners’ association remain in a legal standoff more than a year after a federal lawsuit was filed over a service-dog dispute.  A pretrial order issued Aug. 9 by U.S. Magistrate Judge

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Security HOA meets about high levels of PFCs found in pool (CO)

Homeowners in the Copperfield subdivision invited a lawyer to take questions after high level of PFCs were found in the pool.  While the HOA president did not allow 11 News into the meeting, he did say afterwards that “for the

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Ticket from HOA parking violation raises concerns with residents (CO)

The two eventually learned the ticket was from a towing company hired by the Homeowners Association to patrol.  The property management president did tell the Problem Solvers that the tow company will issue tickers or tow expired vehicles, abandon cars

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Mystery artist has had it with potholes in condo complex parking lot

After multiple flat tires and dozens of complaints, the pothole problem at Sierra Pointe Condominiums does not seem to be getting any better.  One resident has taken matters into their own hands, painting explicit images around them.  “It’s pretty much,

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Fire at north Boulder (CO) condo complex displaces residents

A fire at a north Boulder condominium complex on Wednesday night left residents of four condos displaced, and crews remained on scene as of midnight.  Colvin said her husband was spraying water on the wall of their home, and she

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On Unsolid Ground: Colorado Springs residents in landslide zone preparing for worst-case scenario (CO)

Worry comes naturally to anyone living in a Colorado landslide zone these days, but you can reduce your risks and prepare for the worst-case scenario.  That’s what homeowners in the Broadmoor Resort Community, Littleton and Vail are doing.   Read the

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Security neighborhood pool tests with high level of PFCs

A neighborhood swimming pool in Security has tested with high levels of PFCs, the same chemical that prompted health officials to tell residents to stop drinking the water.  The Copperfield Home Owners’ Association held a meeting Thursday to discuss the

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Resident stunned when HOA sends her a bill for $16,000 (CO)

Last March Denver resident Monica Coulter received a letter from her HOA, “So I’m like, what do they want?” said Coulter.  What they want is money, a lot of money.  “I open it up and I get two coupons in

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New management for 20 homeowners’ associations draws opposition (CO)

Some neighborhood homeowners’ associations are upset with the recent decision by the Highlands Ranch Community Association to sell the division that managed the community’s homeowners’ associations to an outside company, saying they should have been notified and included in the

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Fires elsewhere have Vail residents on alert

This valley has been spared over the years from large-scale wildfires. But look around and it’s easy to see a big fire is certainly possible.    Read the article………….

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Former employee stole $90,000 from Inn at Aspen (condo) hotel (CO)

A former manager of the Inn at Aspen allegedly stole over $90,000 from the hotel in a scheme involving employee rental payments and the funneling of money to a company he owned.     Read the article………………

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Silverthorne development set for wildlife area sparks HOA outrage (CO)

Nearly 80 residents of Angler Mountain Ranch signed a petition requesting the application be denied, and several nearby homeowners associations have formed a taskforce to discuss the potential impact of the development. This includes the Eagles Nest HOA and its

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The rise of Sterling Ranch

Sterling Ranch has been the Smethillses’ dream for 12 years: A $4.4 billion multi-generational, eco-conscious development of 12,000 homes on 3,400 acres with schools, churches, shopping, recreation and the latest in technology to make life easier and keep pace with

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