News and Legal Updates

  • HOA Reserve Studies

    Jerry Orten was quoted in a May 2015 article in the Orten Cavanagh & Holmes LLC on HOA reserves.  Jerry said: “Each community should decide for themselves whether to have a reserve study, who to obtain it from, how often to update it, and how to implement it.  Most HOA’s are required to have a governance policy on these aspects of reserve studies and funding.  Ideally, the community determines what is best, consistent with the expectations and demographics of owners in the co ...

    by Jerry Orten
    Monday, 27 July 2015
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    Ouch! HOA Sued Again!

    In light of a second lawsuit recently filed against a condominium association in Aspen, managers and boards of directors should be mindful of state and federal anti-discrimination laws. The pending lawsuits stem from separate occurrences between the association and residents’ on service/support animals. Association boards and managers who receive accommodation requests from owners or residents must be careful to avoid overreaching when requesting information relative to an individual’s disabilit ...

    by Aaron Goodlock
    Monday, 13 July 2015
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    CCIOA Public Policies that Supersede Restrictive Covenants

    Colorado statutes, in the Common Interest Ownership Act, supersede many restrictive covenants. Which ones?  CCIOA allows for: U.S. Flag Military Service Flags Reasonable accommodations for modifications Emergency vehicles Clearing trees and shrubs to create defensible space Cedar shake shingle covenants are void Political Signs (in season) Xeriscaping Energy saving modifications Energy generating modifications Electric vehicle charging stations Contact an attorney or profe ...

    by Jerry Orten
    Monday, 06 July 2015
  • Insurance Requirements for Licensed Managers

    Insurance requirements for community association managers (CAMs) are provided by statute and CAM “D Rules.” Licensed CAMs who are employees of a management company are required to obtain and maintain errors and omissions insurance and crime/fidelity insurance in amounts described in the rules. Licensed managers who are employed by an owner association are to be named as an additional insured on the Association’s fidelity policy. The state will accept a community’s D&O policy in lieu of an E& ...

    by Aaron Goodlock
    Friday, 26 June 2015
  • Obtaining a Provisional CAM License if you Fail the Exam

    The deadline to become licensed is quickly approaching. For those managers who have not successfully passed the CAM exam on their first try – all hope is not lost! Here is what you can do to obtain a Provisional License: Complete and submit a license application for a Provisional License (applications are available from DORA’s Community Association Manager homepage) Submit fingerprints along with your application in order to complete the required background check and avoid further delay Sho ...

    by Aaron Goodlock
    Wednesday, 24 June 2015
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