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Written By Melissa M. Garcia | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

A homeowners association in Austin is being sued for failure to conduct an audit, failure to allow homeowners access to financial records, and other money-mismanagement type claims. As stated in this recent story: homeowners are questioning the financial practices of the Sunchase...

Written By Trisha K. Harris | Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | State Legislation

Governor Hickenlooper has signed HB1237, the HOA records bill, into law.  The bill will go into effect on January 1, 2013.  So, what does this mean for you as a manager or board member?

  • The statue defines which...
Written By Melissa M. Garcia | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

Is your community association made up of people from numerous nationalities and cultures? If so, are you missing out on engaging this segment of your community due to language barriers?  You may want to consider adding a translation feature to your website, blog or other online media platform. This could increase your reach to your community, allowing members and residents of diverse...

Written By Melissa M. Garcia and David A. Firmin | Friday, May 18, 2012 | National Legislation

Based upon an almost three to one ratio of comments received by the Department of Justice in favor of further extending the ADA pool compliance deadline, the Department of Justice, in an announcement on May 17, 2012, pushed back the compliance deadline for swimming pool access to January 31, 2013.

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Written By David A. Firmin | Monday, May 14, 2012 | State Legislation

As a number of the complaints received by the Division of Real Estate's Homeowner Association Office related to transparency of associations, the Colorado legislature attempted to clarify what constituted an association record.  HB 1237 seeks...

Written By Melissa M. Garcia | Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | State Legislation

As reported in today's Side Streets blog post, Aaron Acker has resigned.  Mr. Acker ran the HOA Information & Resource Center, which was created under...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | State Legislation

Last week the Colorado Senate passed HB12-1237 with limited amendments.  The House must now approved the Senate's amendments which is expected to happen anytime.
 
One of the amendments approved by the Senate is very beneficial to...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Monday, April 16, 2012 | State Legislation

On April 12, 2012, Governor Hickenlooper signed SB12-030.  This bill become law on September 1, 2012, and will apply to foreclosures started after that date.  While most of the bill is administrative in nature and has minimal impact on...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Friday, April 13, 2012 | National Legislation

The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) March 15 final rule on deed-based transfer fees was a huge victory for community associations across the country. FHFA’s initial proposal would have banned federally backed mortgages for any property in a community association with a deed-based transfer fee. As originally drafted, the rule would have cut off nearly all mortgage funding for 11 million...

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

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...

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