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Candyce is a founding member of the firm and co-managing partner.  She has an extensive background in community association law and provides practical counsel to community associations. Candyce has over 25 years of experience serving and representing community associations. This experience also contributes to Candyce's appreciation of the unique factors of each community she works with and her ability to formulate solutions for community needs. In addition to representing community associations, Candyce's background includes assisting developers in setting up new community associations.

Construction Defect Legislation on its Way for Governor’s Signature

Construction Defect Legislation on its Way for Governor’s Signature

Last month we reported on a press conference presented by Governor Hickenlooper and several legislators where the Governor announced consensus had been reached on the construction defect bill, HB17-1279.  Both the House and Senate passed the bill by overwhelming margins.  The Governor is expected to sign the bill on May 23, 2017.

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Consensus on Construction Defect Legislation - FINALLY

Consensus on Construction Defect Legislation - FINALLY

Governor Hickenlooper, state legislators and mayors had a press conference at the Capital on April 19, 2017, and announced that consensus has been achieved on a construction defect bill, this after years of bills related to construction defects were introduced and dying due to lack of consensus.  House Bill 1279 has not yet passed the House and will need to be approved by the Senate, but this announcement is the closest a construction defect bill has come to passage.  

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Rain Barrel Bill Back Again this Year

Rain Barrel Bill Back Again this Year

Colorado is the only state in the country where rain barrels are largely illegal. Last year, a bill to allow homeowners to collect two 55 gallon barrels of water for outdoor purposes passed out of the House, but was killed in the Senate based on the position that allowing residential property owners to collect two 55 gallons of water would constitute appropriation of pre-existing senior water rights.

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Emotional Assistance Animal Legislation Introduced

Emotional Assistance Animal Legislation Introduced

House Bill 16-1201 has been introduced and would require licensed medical professionals to meet with a patient and determine the need for emotional support animals.  These licensed professionals include physicians, physician assistants, anesthesiologist assistants, nurses, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and addiction counselors.  Prior to granting permission for an emotional support animal, the licensed professional would be required to determine if:

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U.S. House Passes FHA Approval Process Changes

On February 2, 2016, H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act” passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives and was referred to the U.S. Senate by a vote of 427-0.  H.R. 3700 addresses problems with the current FHA condominium program.  The bill directs the Secretary to streamline the project certification requirements so that recertifications are substantially less burdensome than certifications.  The bill also directs the Secretary to consider lengthening the time between certifications for approved properties and allowing updating of information rather than resubmission.

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