News and Legal Updates

  • Lakewood Passes Construction Defect Ordinance

    The City of Lakewood has passed Ordinance 21, which places additional obstacles on residents and associations to have construction defects corrected.  The ordinance passed on a 7-4 vote.  The city council members did agree to some amendments to the ordinance, including allowing owners to vote by proxy on whether to initiate litigation against the builder, and allowing owners to object a repair offer from the builder. Despite these concessions, the ordinance still gives builders a righ ...

    by Jonah Hunt
    Friday, 17 October 2014
  • It’s Showtime!

    The City of Lakewood is considering an ordinance October 13th to make it harder for residents to have construction defects corrected.  This proposed ordinance is misguided. Property law is principally governed by the Colorado Constitution and legislation adopted by the Colorado General Assembly – not by ordinances of Colorado cities. The rights of Lakewood residents to protect their property from construction defects was established in 1876, when the State Constitution was adopted.   ...

    by Jerry Orten
    Monday, 13 October 2014
  • It's Not Winter Yet

    As winter approaches, many Associations are faced with the need to balance the interests of enforcing its landscaping restrictions with the inevitable end to the planting season.  However, there is still some time left and this article from Davey identifies several things to keep in mind as trees are planted.   There are a number of important considerations, but first and foremost call before you dig.  Identifying the location of water pipes, electrical wires and cable connection ...

    by Christoper Drake
    Wednesday, 08 October 2014
  • Grant Money Available to Associations from Some Cities

    Many cities, like Golden, have created grant programs to help support HOAs and neighborhoods.  The City of Golden has created the i-Golden Neighborhood Grants Program intended for community associations located within Golden. Golden has two grant levels:    * A small grant up to $500. This grant money is in the form of a reimbursement and is intended for block parties, neighborhood cleanup days or other small events.    * A matching grant of up to $2,500. Mat ...

    by Orten Cavanagh & Holmes, LLC
    Thursday, 12 June 2014
  • Roll Out The Barrels’ Food Drive a Huge Success

    We want to extend a thank you to all of the management companies and businesses who partnered with us to make the 2014 'Roll Out The Barrels' Food Drive such a huge success. Specifically, we'd like to thank MSI LLC, Hammersmith Management, Westwind Management Group, Colorado Management and Associates, The Management Trust and ACCU. This year's drive benefited Metro CareRing, www.metrocarering.org, a non-profit hunger relief organization operating one of the largest food pantries in Denver. ...

    by Orten Cavanagh & Holmes, LLC
    Wednesday, 21 May 2014
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