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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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Law a little gray on HOA ability to ban marijuana (CO)

Twice in recent weeks, I’ve been asked informally whether an owners association can regulate the possession, use and/or cultivation of marijuana. On both occasions, my response was: “Wow, that’s a really good question. I don’t have a clue.” I have,

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City’s construction defects law tweaked (CO)

Apartments and townhomes are being built around Durango, but condominiums are rare. The Durango City Council hopes to encourage such construction by adopting a local ordinance that would protect developers from construction defects lawsuits.     Read the article………….

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FHA Proposes Rule Restricting Reverse Mortgages in Super Lien States

Recently proposed changes in FHA lending programs and guidelines could have drastic effects for 22 states (including Colorado) and the District of Columbia. The proposed reforms would restrict owners’ eligibility for Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (i.e., reverse mortgages) in states

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Grazing Goats Provide Wildfire Mitigation For Metro Neighborhood (CO)

One homeowner’s association in Castle Pines has decided to use the eating power of goats as a long term solution to fire mitigation.  Three hundred goats have been deployed in the Pine Ridge neighborhood,     Read the article……………

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County commissioners approve addendum to Glacier Lily Estates covenant amendment for rentals (CO)

An amendment to the Glacier Lily Estate’s Declaration of Protective Covenants restricting the operation of short-term rentals ruffled some feathers when it came across the desks of the county commissioners earlier this year, but it now seems concessions have been

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Appellate court rules against condo complex in Snowmass (CO)

The Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled against the Woodbridge Condominium Association in Snowmass Village, finding that it does not own a half-acre of land at its entrance and opening the door for the parcel to be possibly developed with

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‘Garbage Mahal’ built to solve bear problem (CO)

A group of Steamboat Springs homeowners have made a $70,000 investment to ensure bears do not get into their trash.  Steamboat Ridge Townhomes homeowners association President Brian Harvey said they knew they had a problem.   Read the article………….

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Trailmark has interesting solution to geese problem near playground (CO)

Littleton’s Trailmark neighborhood near Chatfield Reservoir in south Jefferson County has been having a goose problem, and the homeowners association hopes some cardboard silhouettes will keep the birds away.    Read the article…………….

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Safety first is message at site of recent Boulder (CO) condo blaze

After the fire, the homeowners’ association worked to find houses where displaced residents could temporarily stay, according to the association’s president. That same week, they put together Saturday’s fundraiser picnic, which was held in the community park at 1467 Patton

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Repairs nearly complete on ‘Stormwater Canyon’ (CO)

Neighbors said runoff that increased partly after the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, flows through one section of the Pebblewood Condominiums along Golden Hills Road at the edge of a bluff above the canyon.  Read the article…………

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Longmont (CO) HOAs watch rising water rates closely

Some Longmont Homeowners Associations are watching a possible dramatic water rate increase closely as it will increase landscape watering costs and might cause them to raise dues.     Read the article………..

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16 people displaced after Hunting Meadows condo fire (CO)

Four children, 12 adults, and two cats are out of their homes after a destructive two-alarm fire at a Colorado Springs condominium building Tuesday.     Read the article……………

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Colorado Legislature advancing construction-defects study group rather than reform

Colorado business leaders’ consolation prize for their failed negotiations to put together a package of construction-defects reform bills this year may be a legislatively sanctioned study group that will recommend by March a way that future General Assemblies could move

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Construction-defects reform talks collapse in Colorado Legislature

Months-long negotiations on a legislative construction-defects reform package fell apart Thursday, leaving advocates unwilling even to introduce a bill for the fourth-straight year they believe is crucial to increasing the meager supply of affordable condominiums in Colorado.   Read the article……………

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Court of Appeals sides with Landmark HOA (CO)

In a unanimous decision, three judges on the Colorado Court of Appeals have sided with the Landmark Homeowners Association over UMB Bank, N.A., Colorado Bondshares and Marin Metropolitan District.   Read the article……….

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Winter Park (CO) condo management companies merge

On April 15 two local, longtime vacation-rental and homeowner association management firms combined forces. Teverbaugh-Heaton Management Company (THMC) of Winter Park, operating under the trade names Destinations West and Beaver Village Condominiums, has been sold to Condominium Management Company, also

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Colorado HB 16-1217: another administrative, mostly unenforceable HOA Bill

We have received several emails that have asked why we haven’t been excited about HB 16-1217 (see below). The presentation of this Bill is that it will change things for home owners; it will implement the significant components of the

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Colo. Court Case Puts Spotlight on Special Districts That Issue Munis

A broad ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals in a case of a developer’s egregious fraud has sent lawyers to the state’s General Assembly for legislation to protect existing special districts that issue tax-exempt bonds.    Read the article…………

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Homeowner says landslides made home near Colorado Springs (CO) golf course ‘essentially worthless’

“We have huge HOA dues, and we’re not getting anything for it,” Spencer said. “They dropped the insurance three years ago. Everybody assumed at that juncture that the HOA had done something to take care of the insurance. They have

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Unmatched Property Damage Exclusion

Recently we learned that a nationwide property insurer has adopted an additional endorsement which becomes part of the association’s property insurance policy upon its renewal.  The endorsement states that the policy does not cover the cost to replace undamaged materials

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Stapleton HOA that blocked radon mitigation is now charging legal fees (CO)

The Stapleton Homeowners Association that blocked a homeowner from installing a radon mitigation system is now sticking her with the legal fees before she sells her house.    Read the article………….

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More Colorado Homeowners Associations consider pot rules

More Homeowners Associations are taking on the issue of marijuana. Some even passing rules and regulations that are much stricter than state laws.     Read the article………….

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Future raises new concerns for Snowmass Base Village condo owners (CO)

Some owners of already completed Base Village condos are concerned it will be them. They believe the new plans will have added expenses for the special districts that maintain operations in Base Village, which they pay into but feel they

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Airbnb-style rentals may be impacting neighborhoods and affordable housing

The growing popularity of short-term rentals — marketed on popular Internet sites like Airbnb and VRBO — apparently is beginning to change neighborhoods, putting a squeeze on affordable housing as landlords find they can make more money renting short-term than

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Durango City Council (CO) discuses affordable homes vs. legal rights

The Durango City Council voted to support a process homeowners associations would have to follow to sue a developer over defective construction.   Read the article…………

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It’s the Seventh Inning Stretch……Let’s See Where We Are (CO)

As we are approximately at ¾ of the way through the 2016 Regular Session of the Seventieth General Assembly, which is set to adjourn on May 11, 2016, we thought it was time to provide the seventh inning stats.  Since

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Homeowners want changes to HOA transfer fees (CO)

If you live in a condominium or planned community, you likely pay a monthly fee to a homeowner’s association (HOA), but did you know they could charge you hundreds of dollars at closing if you sell your home?    Read

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Aspen, Pitkin County, (CO) housing authority move to dismiss Centennial lawsuit

Three government entities named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Centennial homeowners association have now filed a joint motion in district court to dismiss the case. The defendants — the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority, the city of Aspen

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Construction defects Durango (CO) considers ordinance to discourage lawsuits, protect builders

Colorado has on its books a jumble of laws that address shoddy construction of multi-family residential units and what redress owners have available to correct the problem. The conversation, ongoing since 2007 and escalating since 2010, is a complex interplay

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Stapleton (CO) HOA won’t allow installation of homeowner’s radon mitigation system

A Stapleton Homeowner’s Association will not allow a homeowner to install a radon mitigation system, citing “harms and risks” to other neighbors.    Read the article…………..

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UMB vs. Landmark HOA (CO)

“This is an appeal your honor from trial-court rulings that improperly allowed The Landmark property owners, owners of high-end condominium units within the Marin Metropolitan District, to avoid their obligations to pay property taxes … that were approved in a

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Beware the Ides of March for Adoption of CD Ordinances! (CO)

On March 15, 2016, two more local governments adopted construction defect ordinances. Under local government public health, safety and welfare powers, municipalities are attempting to supplement perceived deficiencies in the Colorado Construction Defect Action Reform Act with the intent of

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Rain Barrel Bill Back Again this Year (CO)

Colorado is the only state in the country where rain barrels are largely illegal. Last year, a bill to allow homeowners to collect two 55 gallon barrels of water for outdoor purposes passed out of the House, but was killed

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HOA Files Lawsuit Against Grow House Owner, Renter (CO)

The homeowners association of a wealthy area in Larkspur has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a home and the renter who is growing pot inside.  The HOA has been trying for a couple of years to get rid

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Smaller assisted-living homes in Castle Rock stir debate among neighbors

But the growing number of residential care and assisted living facilities in Castle Rock, which has 14 scattered throughout eight neighborhoods, is raising the ire of homeowners’ associations who say the homes ignore HOA building regulations. They also worry about

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Fort Collins Mulls Condo Defects Regulation

Fort Collins is the latest Colorado city to consider creating its own rules covering construction defects and lawsuits against builders.  The City Council could pass a building ordinance at its meeting Tuesday. It’s aimed at getting more condominiums built in

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