BRRR! Cold Weather Maintenance Headaches: Who is Responsible?

Date Posted: Monday, September, 12th, 2011

So far this winter, the Denver area has experienced mostly unseasonably warm weather, which has spared us from the usual flurry of snowflakes and frozen pipe claims.  But as we all know, Colorado weather is a fickle thing and a cold snap can strike at any time.  When the temperatures plummet, a common (and often… [Read More]

Top 10 Document Amendments Myths And Misunderstandings

Date Posted: Monday, September, 12th, 2011

Although document amendments lead to desirable results, boards frequently refuse to utilize this tool based on commonly held preconceived notions and popular myths about the process.  This article addresses the top 10 myths and misunderstandings pertaining to document amendments. Myth #1:  If a declaration contains a mortgagee approval requirement, it is impossible to amend. Fact: … [Read More]

Rules of Players in Document Amendment

Date Posted: Monday, September, 12th, 2011

Board Members Guide attorney regarding “wish list” and culture of the Association. Build grass root support within community by owner involvement, education and buy-in. Thoroughly review and understand proposed amendments.   Owners Become educated regarding proposed amendments. Provide feedback and input on drafts, surveys, etc. Provide consents necessary for approval.   Attorney Guide Board of… [Read More]

Five Reasons to Amend Governing Documents

Date Posted: Monday, September, 12th, 2011

Governing documents are often overlooked until a particular issue arises that brings shortcomings, inconsistencies, or problems to light.  When this occurs, it may be too late to amend the governing documents to properly address the issue at hand.  For this reason, associations should periodically review their governing documents to identify potential areas of concern which… [Read More]

Question:  How can community association boards alter the uses of common areas? Answer:  Very carefully, and with scrupulous attention to the requirements of the community’s governing documents and the wishes of its residents. A recent California appeals court decision illustrates what can happen when a board ignores this common sense advice. The story, which reads… [Read More]