guest blog by Stan Hrincevich (coloradohoaforum.com)
Colorado Springs Town Hall Meeting: let us know how you can help get the word out about this meeting on Feb 13: contact legislators, post flyer at your HOA, local media, etc.
Construction Defects Legislation: here we go again with the Denver Post exclusively contacting the Community Associations Institute (CAI) to represent homeowners’ interests in how homeowners’ money is used in litigation. Below is our letter to the editor of the Denver Post and copied to legislators:
“The Denver Post again allows those making millions of dollars from HOA Construction Defects (CD) litigation to represent the voice and rights of homeowners and distort the debate in CD legislation reform. No input is accepted from any recognized homeowner’s organizations. Once again, the only point person on homeowner’s rights is none other than the Community Associations Institute (CAI). The CAI represents the interests of property managers and HOA lawyers, NOT HOMEOWNERS! If CD legislation is ever be explained in a truthful, balanced, and productive manner it must first get by the pervasive CAI smoke screen.
First, almost all HOAs created in the past 15 years mandate in their Declaration that arbitration must be used in CD dispute resolution. Of the 8,500+ HOAs in the State most are beyond the statute of limitations and cannot sue. As a percentage or relative number of all HOAs, those that changed their Declaration (at the encouragement of HOA lawyers) is very, very small. Thus, precluding HOAs from changing their declaration and infringing upon homeowner’s rights is a weak argument. Furthermore, a recent Colorado court case has ruled HOAs can be prevented from changing their Declaration. The CAI would have the public believe the inability to change the Declaration will have a profound impact on homeowners’ rights but the reality is that it would mostly impact the ability of HOA lawyers to promote litigation in our costly court system.
The other issue involves requiring homeowners to vote on the approval of the use of their own funds in CD litigation. Currently, any HOA Board at the encouragement of their attorney can spend unlimited HOA funds on litigation without the knowledge or approval of homeowners. The CAI opposes this empowerment of homeowners as it would effectively reduce litigation.
We at the Colorado HOA Forum offer the following CD legislative proposal to mitigate litigation and empower homeowners: “HOA homeowners are required to be apprised of and vote on the use of HOA funds in all litigation.” Why is this so difficult?”