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On January 6, 2015, the Director of the Colorado Division of Real Estate for the Department of Regulatory Agencies (“Division”) adopted Emergency Rules A, C and D related to Community Association Manager (“CAM”) licensure.  The adopted Emergency Rules outline the qualifications, education, testing, licensing, and insurance requirements necessary for CAM license applications and will expire on May […]

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a statement expressing concern over state statues, which allow community associations to obtain lien priority over first mortgages for unpaid assessments.  This includes Colorado’s Super Lien statute.  The FHFA is asking for the federal court to intervene in order to seek help for those mortgage services that have […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

HOAs and Directories of Owners and Residents

HOA directory of owners/residents were restricted in 2012 with the passage of the HOA records bill. Limitations on publishing owner/resident phone numbers, email addresses, or both have been eliminated by a bill enacted as HB-2014-1125. Effective August 6, 2014, owners and residents can give permission to the HOA to publish phone numbers and email addresses […]

2014 Management Company Disclosure Bill- Legislation in Process

The state legislature is considering and appears poised to pass a bill requiring HOA management companies to disclose funds they receive from third parties (i.e.: from someone other than the Association).  HB 2014-1254, as rewritten, would require these disclosures. What’s our firm’s position? — We recommend this bill be passed.  We have been and are […]

HOA Information Office 2013

Report February 1, 2014 The 2013 report is out and is available at the state’s website www.dora.state.co.us. A copy is also posted on our resource page at www.ochhoalaw.com. The HOA Information and Resource Center of the State of Colorado, Division of Real Estate (“HOA Info Office”) was created in 2010.  This Office registers HOAs, receives […]

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