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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • Colorado lawmakers weigh rules to spur more building without stripping homeowner protections March 4, 2024
    Construction-defect law in Colorado has been the subject of bruising battles in the Capitol for more than a decade. After taking a breather from the last round in 2017, lawmakers are again juggling consumer protection and rules that some worry will stifle much-needed building.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Colorado lawmakers target HOAs with more restrictions to protect homeowners from foreclosure March 3, 2024
    Homeowners associations’ foreclosure filings on thousands of Coloradans’ houses over unpaid fines and fees have spurred fresh attempts by lawmakers to better regulate HOAs and metropolitan districts with the hope of preventing more people from losing their homes.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Boulder HOA Dog-Walking Dispute Stirs Debate on Community Rights and Power Dynamics (CO) March 2, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Several southern Colorado leaders back bill they say would bring more condos to the state March 2, 2024
    Colorado Springs’ mayor is one of more than two dozen mayors across the state supporting a change they say could bring more condos to Colorado.  The proposal is aimed at reducing construction lawsuits against condo builders. Right now, only two builders will are willing to build condos in Colorado, according to Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, who sponsors the legislation named ‘Right to Remedy Construction Defects.’   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA insurance premiums skyrocket across Colorado, driving up condo dues February 23, 2024
    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 February 22, 2024
    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) February 21, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Housing Matters: Capital reserves study for HOAs on the horizon (CO) February 15, 2024
    During the recent Jan. 17 Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority board meeting, the APCHA board approved spending $170,000 to fund capital reserve studies for up to 40 APCHA homeowner’s associations.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Here’s what Colorado law says about HOAs February 8, 2024
    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 the article…………………………….
  • Boulder preschool loses playground access in HOA dispute (CO) February 8, 2024
    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 February 7, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Introduction to HB 24-1051 (Tow Carrier Regulation Bill) and Its Potential Impact on HOAs (CO) February 2, 2024
    The Tow Carrier Regulation Bill (HB 24-1051) was recently introduced during the 2024 legislative session. In part, it can potentially adversely impact private and commercial entities, including community associations, that oversee and enforce parking regulations on their property. Read the article…………………………….
  • Many Colorado HOAs have rules that make homes more vulnerable to wildfires. New legislation could block those. February 2, 2024
    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 article…………………………….
  • In high-cost Summit County, soaring HOA fees are squeezing homeowners’ budgets, raising rents and stifling sales (CO) February 2, 2024
    Fueled in part by a surge in insurance premiums, the heightened fees — coupled with property taxes — continue to challenge Summit’s middle class Read the article…………………………….
  • After residents spend weeks without water, 65-year-old Denver condo building condemned (CO) February 1, 2024
    Residents are now out of an 80 unit condominium complex at 1121 Albion Street in Denver after the building was ordered vacated by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. Read the article…………………………….
  • Denver condos deemed unlivable because of lack of water (CO) January 31, 2024
    The health department said people can’t live in the building because it doesn’t have water. It could be 3 weeks to 6 months before residents can move back in. Read the article…………………………….
  • Snowmass condominium associations ask town to abandon nearby workforce housing plans (CO) January 30, 2024
    Several condominium associations in Snowmass Village are asking the town to abandon plans for proposed workforce housing developments near its condos.
  • Homeowner fights HOA after being told Christmas-themed skeleton display wasn’t ‘seasonally appropriate’ (CO) December 23, 2023
    Kyle Sarazin fought the law, and this time he won.  The Sterling Ranch resident decided to do something different with his Christmas display this year, converting his 12-foot yard skeleton into Santa Claus and turning the smaller skeletons from his Halloween display into Santa’s reindeer.    Read the article……………………………
  • Residents still displaced after Feb. 1 condo fire (CO) December 22, 2023
    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) December 16, 2023
    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.    Read the article………………………………
  • Opinion: Don’t give developers and builders a free pass on shoddy work December 15, 2023
    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) December 10, 2023
    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 lot at a condominium development   Read the article……………………………
  • State lawmaker calls HOA charges “excessive” following CBS News Colorado investigation December 6, 2023
    A new law intended to protect HOA residents in Colorado may need some revisions or clarifications according to the sponsor, after a CBS News Colorado investigation revealed one management company charging high fees to send certified letters to HOA residents.  Read the article………………………………….
  • Fire-related insurance challenges to blame for high HOA fees in Colorado, says insurance division December 6, 2023
    It’s not just rural mountain communities in Colorado that have to worry about wildfire risk anymore, and insurance companies know that.  The ability to live so close to nature and open spaces is a big part of why people choose to live in Douglas County. But it’s also the reason the county is in the top 10 in the country with the most properties vulnerable to insurance correction due to fire risk   Read the article……………………………..
  • Colorado homeowners left with more questions than answers about skyrocketing HOA insurance December 3, 2023
    Homeowners in Castle Rock’s Latigo neighborhood made their voices heard in a meeting over the Homeowner’s Association board’s new budget proposal.  We expect to know on Monday whether the community will move forward with their latest budget proposal or if they’ll have to go back to the drawing board.   Read the article……………………………
  • City of Greeley to host final homeowners association workshop of 2023 (CO) December 3, 2023
    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 article……………………………
  • Castle Rock community HOA fees skyrocket after insurance premium increases by 600% in Colorado November 29, 2023
    Homeowners in Castle Rock’s Latigo community, near Metzler Ranch, will see their Homeowner’s Association fees skyrocket in 2024 after the HOA’s insurance premium went up by 600%. The reason behind the increase comes down to high property valuations and Colorado’s extreme weather.    Read the article……………………………….
  • Colorado woman without renters insurance loses everything in condo fire November 27, 2023
    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………………………………
  • How thirsty bluegrass lawns became the default for homeowners associations in Colorado (CO) November 22, 2023
    Some Colorado HOAs have started moving the needle, while state legislators prod others into water-wise landscapes; plus, a history of how we arrived at a certain idea of landscape perfection.   Read the article………………………………..
  • HB23-1105 (CO) November 17, 2023
    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.     Read the article…………………………..
  • Aurora HOA’s limits on solar installations “over the top,” residents say (CO) November 17, 2023
    Dick Cunningham and Walter Rozycki want to do what a lot of other Denver-area homeowners have done: put solar panels on their roofs. But the Aurora residents say their homeowner association board pulled the plug on their plans in defiance of state law.   Read the article………………………………
  • Club Valencia condo owners charged thousands for damage assessments one year after fire (CO) November 15, 2023
    Club Valencia condo owners are now receiving bills — some more than $2,000 — for damage assessments one year after a fire ripped through the Arapahoe County complex.    Read the article………………………….
  • Update on HB23-1105 Homeowners’ Rights Task Force (CO) November 8, 2023
    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 of the process, and the HB22-1137 bill and continued concerns and issues involving same.   Read the article………………………………
  • Arvada homeowner finally moves back into condo after Denver7 gets to the bottom of delayed repairs (CO) November 6, 2023
    A homeowner forced out of his condo for the last 18 months was finally able to move back in after a fire at the condo next door spread to his own in April of 2022.   Read the article…………………………….
  • HOA management company charging residents for certified mailings: “Do not do this” said Colorado lawmaker November 2, 2023
    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 payments.  Read the article…………………………
  • Colorado’s justices weigh immunity for municipalities acting as housing developers October 19, 2023
    …..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 addressing the defects.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Racist covenant dating to 1941 stricken from record (CO) October 18, 2023
    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) October 7, 2023
    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) October 5, 2023
    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…………………………………
  • New condos are hard to find in Colorado. Getting developers to build more will roil the Capitol next year October 2, 2023
    Construction defects liability has been politically fraught, but the failure last year of Gov. Jared Polis’ signature land-use measure has reignited the push for lawmakers to take on the issue   Read the article………………………………
  • Many Colorado homes and power grids aren’t ready for more electric vehicle charging. Here’s what experts say needs to be done. October 2, 2023
    With hundreds of thousands more electric vehicles expected on Colorado highways in the next few years, CBS News Colorado has learned many power grids aren’t yet ready to handle the added power demands to charge those vehicles.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Aurora council votes to let HOAs, special districts plow residential streets (CO) September 27, 2023
    As winter approaches and the mountains start to see snow, Aurora’s City Council decided Monday that the city will let special districts and HOAs plow their own residential streets this winter.   Read the article…………………………………
  • A Denver couple are suing after sewer gas leaked into their home for nine months (CO) September 26, 2023
    About a month after Sanford and Angela Smith moved into a 16th-floor condo in the high-rise Candlewyck Condominium complex in southeast Denver in 2021, they began smelling a foul, eggy odor.  Eventually, little black gnats were breeding and circulating around the unit.   Read the article………………………..
  • HOA irrigation pipe floods Castle Pines Village home, causes $80,000 in damage (CO) September 18, 2023
    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 the couple is left to pick up the pieces.    Read the article………………………..
  • Residents outraged by HOA’s bizarre move after a devastating disaster: ‘They should understand more than anyone’ (CO) September 2, 2023
    A huge residential fire in Denver killed two people in December 2021 and saw more than 1,000 homes and businesses destroyed.   Known as the Marshall Fire, it was caused and made worse by high winds in Boulder County. On December 24, a residential fire was lit to burn scrap wood and tree cuttings. Wind gusts approaching 100 miles per hour uncovered the buried embers on December 30, pushing them into dry brush, The Colorado Sun reported.   Read the article………………………..
  • Centennial HOA: How is affordable housing to be cared for? (CO) September 1, 2023
    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………………………..
  • Arvada condo owner in limbo after he says HOA dragging feet in fire damage repair (CO) August 21, 2023
    An Arvada homeowner had to move out of his newly purchased condo only 10 days after buying it because a fire spread to his unit. Now, nearly 16 months later, he is fed up over the lack of progress his homeowners association has had in making the necessary repairs to the building.  Read the article………………………..
  • Playing with fire (mitigation) (CO) August 21, 2023
    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 fires pushing up against the town’s edges.   Read the article………………………..
  • Jared Polis, Democratic state lawmakers call for more changes to Colorado’s HOA laws after Colorado Sun investigation August 16, 2023
    The Sun’s investigation, published this week, found that HOAs have filed roughly 3,000 foreclosure cases since 2018, more than 250 of which have resulted in properties being auctioned off. At least 100 of the properties auctioned off were sold for $60,000 or less, according to court records.  Read the article………………………..
  • HOA-foreclosed homes in Colorado are auctioned off for a fraction of their market value, erasing years of equity August 14, 2023
    A Colorado Sun investigation found that more than 250 HOA-foreclosed properties have been auctioned off in the state since 2018. At least 100 of them were sold for $60,000 or less.  Read the article………………………..
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