Legislative Miscellaneous

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Written By David A. Firmin | Friday, April 18, 2014

Recently, Illinois became the final state to adopt conceal carry laws to authorize gun owners to obtain a permit to carry their firearm on their person.  This new legislation has again sparked the debate relating to gun control in relation to community associations and the extent to which associations may adopt rules to restrict guns within the community.


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Written By David A. Firmin | Friday, March 28, 2014

In an effort to follow up on the Legislatures’ commitment to electric vehicles, the Legislature sent SB 14-028 to the Governor for signature.  SB 14-028 is a bill that expands the eligibility of certain entities to receive grant funds...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Not only have condominium communities felt the heat of the FHA when it comes to leasing restrictions, but individual buyers of condominium units have also experienced their share of grief.

  For example, on July 19, 2013, FHA started requiring all borrowers to sign a...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Friday, February 8, 2013

The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) released its...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Denver HOC Condominium Team, which reviews applications for FHA approval of condominium projects is charged with determining whether condominium communities are eligible for approval of FHA backed  loans.  As a part of that review, the Team determines if the community meets the...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Friday, April 6, 2012

The rate of complaints about HOAs have been increasing in 2012 over 2011, as reported by Aaron Acker, the HOA Information Office of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.  Mr. Acker was one of the speakers at panel discussion on Manager Licensing and Legislative Update held during the April 5 Spring Showcase event by...

Written By David A. Firmin | Friday, March 16, 2012

The March 15, 2012 compliance deadline for ADA pool compliance deemed "POOL-MAGGEDON" by industry insiders has been extended. In an unexpected but not surprising move given the public outcry against the revised pool access rules, President Obama ordered a 60 day stay on the implementation of the enforcement of pool rules that require all "places of public accommodation" to be accessible, see...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Friday, February 17, 2012

The Secretary of State recently announced that they have added password protection for business owners and filers to safeguard against identity theft.   When association’s file their annual reports online, filers now have the option to create their own password.

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Written By Amelia J. Adair | Wednesday, December 7, 2011

What’s happening?  A mortgage company has been telling lenders that, in order to meet FHA and VA lending requirements, Colorado community associations must waive their priority assessment lien rights (often called “super lien” rights) in order for units in their communities to obtain federally-insured mortgages. 

HindmanSanchez does not believe there is any basis for...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Back in the day" it was easy to get a loan if you had a credit score of 800, if you had a banking relationship, and had 20% down.  In today's world that might not be enough.  As this complaint shows, lenders are scrutinizing condominium...

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