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Governance and Other Policies

Most homeowner associations are required to adopt specific governance policies as per the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act and the Colorado consumer protection and cybersecurity statutes.  Interested in hearing specifics about these policies and why they may be required? Check out the article written by Jerry Orten regarding governance and other policies required for most HOAs […]

With the recent increase in cyber-related crimes, now more than ever it’s essential that common interest communities arm themselves with the knowledge and tools needed to prevent a cyber breach, or to quickly remedy the situation should a cyber breach occur.  Attorney Aaron Goodlock recently presented a manager education class on cybersecurity and data privacy […]

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

The Response of HOAs in Attached Home Communities Bedbug infestations have become more prevalent in condominiums, attached homes, apartments and other high-density communities.  These pests can quickly spread between units, floors and into common areas.  They are attracted to humans and love to hide in clothing, furniture, suitcases and (not surprisingly) bedding.   When bedbugs are […]

Denver voters will consider these questions as Initiative Ordinance 300 (“Initiative 300”) on the ballot for the May 7, 2019 election (along with candidates for mayor, other offices and Initiative Ordinance 301). Initiative 300 would allow anyone to use streets, parks and other outdoor property of the City: With a “right to rest” (in an […]

Recently our firm has seen an increase in various service providers attempting to introduce new fees in the performance of their contracts with community associations.  These fees are typically introduced on an invoice, and accompanied with a short explanation that they are associated with some cost incurred by the service provider.  When assessed on a […]

Community Association Manager Licensing Bill IntroducedOn February 25, 2019, HB19-1212 was introduced in the Colorado Legislature to reenact the CAM licensing laws that were repealed last year and to reestablish the CAM program. HB19-1212 is substantially similar to the prior law, but there are some changes that managers and management companies should note if the […]

NOTICE to our clients and managers

NOTICE to our clients and managers alike – effective September 1, 2018, Colorado made changes to the law which affects how Associations and Management Companies store and handle the personal identifying information of its members.  The law impacts all communities whether self-managed or professionally managed.  Associations should contact their attorney to discuss and adopt the […]

Normally, property taxes on common areas are paid by the membership through taxes on their own property.  For the members of an exclusive San Francisco community, however, an unpaid tax bill lead to the sale of the private street that fronts their homes.  How did this happen?  Bad record-keeping or the failure to record the […]

How do you Mitigate Wildfire? …Goats.

Yes, goats…300 goats!  A new… and unique…method to help reduce the spread of wildfire has gained our attention.  Recently, a Castle Pines homeowners association enlisted the services of a herd of 300 goats to help mitigate the spread of wildfire in its community.  The goats eat and remove about one acre of tall grass and […]

On June 5, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its ruling in Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc. et al. (Supreme Court Case No. 15SC508).  The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals and ruled: The Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (“CCIOA”) permits a declarant to reserve the unlimited right […]

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