News and Legal Updates

Lauren is a founding member of the firm.  She provides experienced and practical advice to associations as a transactional attorney. Lauren has extensive experience identifying legal issues in a proactive manner and recommending realistic solutions based upon a keen understanding of homeowners associations. In addition to providing day-to-day legal advice, she educates boards on how to conduct legal and effective meetings, has assisted in successfully amending governing documents and has assisted associations with communicating the importance of the amendment and obtaining the necessary owner approvals.


Lauren aids associations in preventing the escalation of disputes with owners, and reviews association insurance policies for compliance with governing documents, Colorado law and best business practices. Lauren also assists associations in dealing with local governments on issues related to code enforcement, condemnation, new development, easements and other issues. Lauren is a frequent speaker at educational programs for managers and boards sponsored by both the firm and community organizations, and has been recognized for her dedication to the education of board members and managers.

New Harassment Rules Added to Fair Housing Act

HUD recently issued its final rules regarding quid pro quo (“this for that”) harassment and hostile environment harassment under the Fair Housing Act.  The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status.  Although community associations do not typically consider themselves to be “housing providers,” the Fair Housing Act applies to associations and plays a role in how the community relates to its residents.

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Will Assessments Become Tax Deductible?

On March 3, 2016, two members of the House of Representatives from California introduced H.R. 4696 which would amend the tax code to allow certain homeowners to deduct homeowner association assessments.  The act, called the “Helping Our Middle Income Earners Act” or “HOME Act” would allow homeowners earning $115,000 or less to deduct up to $5000 in regular assessments related to their primary residence from their federal taxes.  The bill has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee.

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