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Written By David A. Firmin | Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | State Legislation

The first major legislative issue concerning homeowners associations within the state of Colorado was kicked off today on competing fronts.  In a Call to Action sent by CAI’s Legislative Action Committee, community association professionals were alerted of pending legislation...

Monday, January 13, 2014 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

January 1, 2014 has come and gone with initial reports estimating sales at over one million dollars in marijuana for the first day.  Commencing early in the morning, lines began to form and wrap around marijuana retail outlets.

Going hand in hand with the high (pun intended) sales figures, law enforcement officials from neighboring states have warned that...

Written By David A. Firmin | Thursday, January 9, 2014 | CCIOA

As part of the sweeping changes to the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act in the 2013 legislative season, the Office of HOA Information and Resources was required to study the legislative and operational components of other states to determine how those regulatory structures work and deliver a report, along with recommendations back to the Legislature.


Written By David A. Firmin | Monday, January 6, 2014 | State Legislation

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 is first day the Colorado General Assembly convenes for 2014. This year most likely more than 600 bills will be considered with a few hundred being passed.  But, will any of those bills affect community associations?

Chances are there will be one or more bills affecting associations. As we discussed in our prior...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Monday, December 30, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous


Spring really is around the corner and now is the time to consider establishing a community garden in your association.

  A community garden is a shared space where residents gather to garden and grow food. They can range in size from one small raised bed to...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

A South Carolina homeowners association recently learned an expensive lesson when it comes to making representations that one of its owners is a registered sex offender—an $890,000 lesson


Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Monday, December 16, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about "10 things E-Cigarettes Won't Tell You" and two things stuck out for me, a non-smoker.  First, "We can't promise this won't kill you."  As we know many associations are moving towards prohibiting smoking in common...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group hypothesizes we’ll continue to struggle and see only modest economic growth through the end of 2013.

  The forecast is based on several factors, such as the temporary government shutdown, debt ceiling negotiations, and appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chair in January.  All these various factors are predicted to suppress...

Written By Elina B. Gilbert | Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

In Colorado, use of proxies by owners must be permitted by associations.  Therefore, associations in Colorado must allow owners to attend meetings and submit their vote via proxy.  But is the use of proxies a good or bad thing?

The Chicago Tribune recently posed this question...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

The City of Arvada’s Neighborhood Grant program is designed to help neighbors improve their neighborhoods and better connect with each other.  There are two grants available:

Know Your Neighbor Grants are $100 grants for improving neighborhood relations/communication with things such as clean ups, holiday celebrations, block parties, etc.  These grants are...