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Colorado House Bill 16-1201, which would have established additional regulations for emotional support animals, has been killed by vote of a house committee.  Although the proposed bill did not attempt to provide guidelines for determining when support animals must be permitted under state and federal fair housing laws, it would have required Colorado licensed medical […]

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 […]

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 […]

As state legislators struggle to develop a cohesive approach to construction defect reform in Colorado, several cities continue their efforts to address this at the local level. Despite recent statements by the Governor advocating a state-level approach, local municipalities are still considering whether to take this on. Most recently, the City of Longmont announced that […]

Governor John Hickenlooper recently called upon the state assembly to continue bipartisan efforts to address construction defect reform in 2016. Based on the Governor’s comments, Coloradans will once again see bills introduced to try to balance the interests of builders, owners and HOAs.  According to the Governor, the issues surrounding construction defect reform are “too […]

The state has clarified management company record retention requirements following termination of an Association’s management contract. The management company is required to retain a former client’s records that were produced or involved the management company during the management term. As the Community Association Managers Practices Act became effective January 1, 2015, management companies should retain […]

Community Association Managers and HOAs beware! Nearly 6 months after community association managers were required to be licensed, the State is taking action against individuals and management companies that have yet to meet the requirements of the new law. As of July 1st, 2015, State law requires individuals and companies who manage HOAs without a […]

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Colorado Springs is taking construction defects to a municipal level.  In council chambers filled with builder-advocate groups, Council members recently voted unanimously on the first reading of this ordinance.  The ordinance seeks to restrict the rights of homeowners to hold builders accountable for defective construction. If the ordinance is approved by a final vote set […]

San Francisco and Washington D.C. have proposed regulation of short term lodging offered by internet providers, like AirBnB.  In response, that company has renewed its pledge of cooperation with cities.  The company has also asserted that the hotel industry “threatens the economic lifeline of home sharing.” HOAs often have issues with short term uses and […]

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