Boulder HOA Dog-Walking Dispute Stirs Debate on Community Rights and Power Dynamics (CO)

The controversy over a dog-walking prohibition by a Boulder homeowners association (HOA) has ignited a wider discussion on the influence of HOAs and the rights of community members. This debate underscores the tension between individual freedoms and collective property rights, spotlighting the case as a microcosm of broader societal issues.   Read the article…………………………….

HOA insurance premiums skyrocket across Colorado, driving up condo dues

To say Rosalie Hayes was stunned when she opened the letter describing a dues increase at her Arvada condo complex this year would be an understatement.  “When I opened this letter, it was just like you could have knocked me over with a feather,” she said. “It was a shock.”  Read the article…………………………….

Some Colorado HOAs ban using fire-resistant building materials. This proposed law could overrule that

A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would block homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using fire-resistant building materials, a change that firefighters and insurance experts say would give communities more options to harden properties against climate-fueled wildfires.    Read the article…………………………….

Lawmakers advance bill that would void HOA rules that block wildfire-hardening (CO)

A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would block homeowners’ association rules that prevent residents from using fire-resistant building materials, a change that firefighters and insurance experts say would give communities more options to harden properties against climate-fueled wildfires.   Read the article…………………………….

Here’s what Colorado law says about HOAs

It’s no secret the cost of just about everything is going up, and for some property owners that may also be the case for HOA dues this year.  Nearly half of the state’s population lives in a homeowners association or “HOA”, and homes being built now are more than likely subjected to one.     Read […]

Boulder preschool loses playground access in HOA dispute (CO)

The owners of a small, nonprofit preschool in Boulder’s Iris Hollow neighborhood fear a disagreement with the homeowners association over access to a playground could eventually force them to move or close.   Read the article…………………………….

Colorado lawmakers introduce bill to foster more condo construction

In yet another effort to alleviate soaring housing costs in Colorado, lawmakers on Monday introduced a bill aiming to boost condominium construction in the state — an option historically seen as a way for first-time homebuyers to enter the housing market.  Read the article…………………………….

Many Colorado HOAs have rules that make homes more vulnerable to wildfires. New legislation could block those.

Colorado lawmakers on Friday advanced new legislation that would make it easier to build or upgrade homes to harden them against wildfires. The legislation would void language in existing homeowners’ association bylaws, deed restrictions or property contracts that prevent residents from installing or using fire-resistant building materials. It would also prohibit new restrictions. Read the […]

Residents still displaced after Feb. 1 condo fire (CO)

It will be a tough holiday season for residents displaced by a fire last winter at a condominium building.  More than 80 people had to move out of their homes at the Valencia condominiums on Feb. 1. A large unrepaired portion of the building remains surrounded by a fence.    Read the article……………………………

Highlands Ranch gingerbread house gets national attention (CO)

On ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” families from across the country compete to win $50,000 and a large light trophy.  With plans to film in early November, Hazard had to get approval from the Highlands Ranch Community Association to put his lights up early. He said the association and his neighbors were extremely supportive.  […]

Opinion: Don’t give developers and builders a free pass on shoddy work

As the unlucky buyer of a poorly built condo, the recent Denver Post editorial advocating for proposals that would weaken the rights for homeowners is infuriating. Buyers should expect developers to build their new home right – and if it’s not, be able to hold developers legally accountable to fix it.    Read the article………………………………..

Money & the Law: Fight over parking spot ensnares courts (CO)

It has long been my belief that civil litigation has replaced horse racing as the sport of kings, and may be more expensive. A case decided in October by the Colorado Court of Appeals added further evidence in support of my belief.  The lawsuit at issue here involved a parking space in an open-air parking […]

City of Greeley to host final homeowners association workshop of 2023 (CO)

The city of Greeley’s final free workshop about the management of homeowners associations and boards of the year will take place next week.  “Silent Documents — What Authority Do We Have?” begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greeley Family FunPlex, 1501 65th Ave., and ends at 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.   Read the […]

Colorado woman without renters insurance loses everything in condo fire

A woman in Aurora says her life was changed in an instant when the condo she was renting caught on fire. It serves as a reminder to invest in renters insurance. While most property companies require it, this is a lesson in how valuable it can be.   Read the article………………………………

HB23-1105 (CO)

Pursuant to House Bill 23-1105, signed into law on May 24, 2023, an HOA Task Force is to be appointed by August 1, 2023, to examine issues regarding homeowners’ rights and to perform other duties as noted in the new law. Each homeowner association in Colorado is required to notify owners about this task force.  […]

Update on HB23-1105 Homeowners’ Rights Task Force (CO)

The first meeting of the Homeowners’ Rights Task Force occurred on October 24, 2023. At this initial meeting of the task force, brief discussion occurred about such topics as HOA manager licensing, options for resolving association disputes with homeowners that would be outside of the traditional lawsuit actions, the HOA budgeting process and potential reform […]

HOA management company charging residents for certified mailings: “Do not do this” said Colorado lawmaker

Some residents of an income-controlled HOA in Denver are bristling over the fact their HOA management company has been charging them $35 to send them certified letters notifying them of potential fines for HOA rule violations. The management company, RowCal, has also been charging residents $75 for certified letters notifying them they are behind on […]

Colorado’s justices weigh immunity for municipalities acting as housing developers

…..However, the condominium association for Burlingame Ranch II, an affordable housing community that the city of Aspen developed itself, believed it could hold the city responsible for construction defects in a different way. Instead of claiming negligent construction, which the CGIA would block, the association argued the city breached its contract with homebuyers by not […]

Racist covenant dating to 1941 stricken from record (CO)

A nearly four-year effort by a small band of people in Colorado Springs to erase an 82-year-old racist covenant from the public record succeeded on Oct. 6 when El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Steve Schleiker ordered his staff to remove it.   Read the article…………………………..

HOA Task Force Meeting Set (CO)

The HOA Homeowners’ Rights Task Force created by House Bill 23-1105 will hold its first public meeting on October 24, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. by Zoom Webinar.  Read the announcement…………………….

Preserve HOA sues Hammersmith Management (CO)

On August 28, the Preserve at Greenwood Village Homeowners’ Association filed suit in Arapahoe County District Court against its former management company, HDM2 d/b/a Hammersmith Management, Inc. (HMI), which provided management services to the Preserve neighborhood for X years until August 2022, when the HOA terminated its relationship with Hammersmith.   Read the article…………………………………

HOA irrigation pipe floods Castle Pines Village home, causes $80,000 in damage (CO)

A family is on the line for over $80,000 after an irrigation pipe belonging to their homeowners association burst and flooded their home.  Their insurance won’t cover the damage because it came from an outside source, but the insurance company for the HOA found they weren’t liable because there was no proof of negligence. Now […]

Centennial HOA: How is affordable housing to be cared for? (CO)

We’ve all heard the lament from APCHA and Aspen City Council about the inadequate upkeep that pervades our affordable housing inventory. The Centennial Condominiums HOA Board and homeowners agree wholeheartedly with those concerns.   Read the article………………………..

Playing with fire (mitigation) (CO)

Repeated studies have shown global climate change is leading to larger, more severe wildfires.  The raging infernos that sparked Aug. 8 in Maui leveled thousands of homes and killed more than 100 people. The entire Canadian town of Yellowknife, which is about the size of Durango, was forced to evacuate last week under threat by […]