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  • Colorado Supreme Court shoots down condo association’s lawsuit against Aspen for construction defects June 19, 2024
    The Colorado Supreme Court clarified on Monday that litigants may not use a judicial doctrine focused on breaches of contract to sue municipalities for negligently constructed housing, effectively sidestepping the broad immunity state law provides to government entities.  The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, with limited exceptions, shields public entities from lawsuits over injuries they cause. Its purpose is to protect tax dollars and prevent a flood of lawsuits from disrupting government services.    Read the article…………………………….
  • It’s a perfect storm for fire insurance (CO) June 11, 2024
    Westerners have begun looking at their homes differently these days. Are those trees too close? Should I move all that firewood stacked up next to the deck?    In Colorado, Tiffany Lockwood said she was dropped twice by fire insurance carriers over the 10 years she’s lived in Evergreen, a heavily forested exurb of Denver.    Read the article…………………………….
  • Snowmass HOA rules could impact new accessory employee unit requirements (CO) June 5, 2024
    The Town of Snowmass Village is pausing an effort to update its accessory dwelling unit requirements after the Snowmass Homeowners Association said the regulations would not apply to the nearly 900 homes in the association.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Legislature’s inaction on HOA reforms will hurt seniors (CO) June 4, 2024
    According to the state demographer, Colorado now has more citizens over the age of 65 than teenagers. Today, seniors represent the fastest-growing segment of our population, and by 2035, one out of every five Colorado residents—or an estimated 1.3 million people—will be aged 65 or higher. In Adams County alone, our senior population is expected to jump from 62,000 today to nearly 83,000 by the end of this decade.  So why does this matter? To begin with, more than half ...
  • Coloradans seeing big rate hikes for homeowners insurance May 29, 2024
    The cost of owning a home in Colorado is about to get even more expensive. Homeowners insurance rates are skyrocketing, and experts told FOX31 there is no major relief in sight.  “We’re on a collision course with escalating market conditions, where everything that insurance pays for is going up in price,” said Carole Walker, with the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Ban on gas grills rolling through Colorado mountain HOAs: “These changes affect all of us” May 28, 2024
    More and more homeowners associations in Colorado’s mountain communities are rewriting their policies to ban the use of gas grills by residents as insurance companies increasingly say they won’t insure HOAs that allow residents to use gas grills on their decks or balconies.  “It is going to impact tens of thousands of people who live in condo associations,” said David Firmin, an attorney whose law firm represents some 2,500 HOAs, primarily in the mountains.   Read the article…………………………….
  • IAM Western Territory Wins Landmark NLRB Ruling, Union Election for Colorado Homeowners Association Workers May 23, 2024
    In March, a road and facility technician working for the Crystal Lakes Road and Recreation Association in Colorado reached out to IAM about organizing a union in his workplace, consisting of himself and two other technicians.  IAM Western Territory Grand Lodge Representative Steven Van Wie collected union authorization cards and filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a union election for workers to vote on representation by IAM Local 47.    Read the article…………………………….

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  • 2024 Public Policy Legislation (CO) June 18, 2024
    It has been quite some time since the HOA industry in Colorado has seen as much legislation as we saw this year! Of the 13 bills signed by the Governor, three pertain to public policy, which is a clear trend in legislative goals: HB24-1091 – Fire-hardened building materials, HB24-1152 – ADUs (accessory dwelling units), and SB24-134 – home-based businesses.   Read the article…………………………….
  • The Ethics of the Fiduciary Duty from the Litigators’ Lens June 9, 2024
    The topic of an association’s board of directors’ fiduciary duties is not new to this publication. However, as trial attorneys that have seen a lot of HOA litigation, including representing community management companies, we have seen how this duty plays out in court cases for both board members and community managers. Moreover, as our industry has changed, we have seen how certain business practices have raised ethical considerations when those practices are called into question during litigation. With that, it ...
  • To Give or Receive: A Guide to Crafting a Gifting Policy for Managers, Management Companies, and Boards June 9, 2024
    Gift-giving in the workplace amongst managers, management companies and vendors can be a thoughtful gesture, but it can also be complicated by the untrue perceptions or lack of understanding where “the line” is. To ensure a positive and ethical environment, management companies need clear gifting policies that managers and our vendor partners understand and abide by. When your company or Board is considering creating a formal policy, here are a few key things to consider:     Read the article…………………………….
  • The Corporate Transparency Act – Ethical Issues with Reporting Requirements June 9, 2024
    The Corporate Transparency Act is a major new federal law that imposes strict reporting requirements on nearly all business entities in the US, including community associations. This new law is significant, as it will impact every community association and every individual homeowner who serves on an association’s board of directors. Compliance with this new law is mandatory, and failure to comply can lead to severe penalties, which include fines of up to $500 per day and/or imprisonment of up to ...
  • Spring Is Here – Time To Get Your Architectural Review House In Order June 3, 2024
    Winter is over and spring has finally arrived! For many homeowners this means that the time has come to begin thinking about home improvement projects. Installing gardens, refreshing landscaping, expanding patios, constructing sheds, and house painting are common spring and summer projects. For associations, and their architectural review committees, this could mean an influx of design review requests.   Read the article…………………………….
  • The Art of Taking Meeting Minutes June 3, 2024
    Taking good meeting minutes is a bit of an art form; on the one hand, minutes should be brief (hence the term “minutes”), but on the other hand minutes need to contain enough information to accurately report all actions that took place during the meeting. So, what is the secret to taking good meeting minutes?   Read the article…………………………….
  • New Laws Protect Homeowners in HOA Foreclosures, Regulate Metro Districts Acting as HOAs (CO) May 23, 2024
    The Colorado Legislature has taken a hard look this session at issues facing common interest communities and unit owners within them, considering several bills related to attorney fees in homeowner association (“HOA”) foreclosures, licensure requirements for community managers, new policies and requirements for metro districts, and execution requirements for community declarations.   Read the article…………………………….
  • The Ethics of the Fiduciary Duty from the Litigators’ Lens May 21, 2024
    The topic of an association’s board of directors’ fiduciary duties is not new to this publication. However, as trial attorneys that have seen a lot of HOA litigation, including representing community management companies, we have seen how this duty plays out in court cases for both board members and community managers. Moreover, as our industry has changed, we have seen how certain business practices have raised ethical considerations when those practices are called into question during litigation.   Read the article…………………………….

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HOA Information Office and Resource Center (Ombudsman)

CAI – Rocky Mountain Chapter
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As of March, 2011, every homeowners association organized under the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CRS 38-33.3-101 et seq.) must file an annual registration with the newly created HOA Information and Resource Center .  To register your HOA

The Colorado HOA Information Office and Resource Center, housed within the Division of Real Estate, has published a number of consumer resources.  They can be found on this page – click on the General Publications for HOA Members 

There are additional resources for board members here

Community Association Manager Licensing Rules

 

 Colorado HOA Forum

 

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HOA Blog

Ascent Management Professionals

Williams & Strohm, LLC – W & S Insights Blog

 

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