December 7 HOA Town Hall To Discuss Crucial Issues
All Are Welcome!
More and more seniors find themselves living in Homeowner Associations, or HOAs. “Homeowner protections” has become a watchword in HOA reform efforts, which are much in the news lately. In May, Governor Jared Polis rocked the HOA world when he vetoed HB 1212, which, in his opinion, did not “include any homeowner protections.”
Polis then ordered four “HOA Stakeholder Meetings,” which took place over this past summer and fall. These hearings heard testimony from homeowners, many seniors among them, who gave examples of how there are not sufficient “homeowner protections” against rogue boards or unprincipled management companies. The “HOA Stakeholder Meetings” were designed to both hear the reality as all experience it, and also, to explore alternative practices or laws, to make our current system more fair.
The outcome of these hearings is new proposed legislation. The 2020 legislative session will see two Bills introduced: 1) an HOA Property Manager (PM) Licensing Bill, which is a revision to the previously vetoed Bill by Governor Polis, who observed the lack of accountability in that bill, as well as homeowner protections, and 2) a Bill in response to the State’s Sunset Review of the State HOA Office.
The State HOA Office was established in 2011 with the specific aim of protecting homeowners and investigating wrongdoing without owners having to sue their HOA and go to court. But right before the bill passed, the HOA Industry pressured lawmakers to extract all authority from this office—which is why, today, homeowners can file complaint after complaint at the HOA Office under DORA, but they will see no result whatsoever, because that office is not authorized to investigate complaints, or help homeowners in any way, including giving advice.
Many homeowners have expressed a preference for the HOA office to offer Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR, which two other states, Florida and Nevada, have installed with great success, is the process by which a homeowner brings his or her case to an objective group of knowledgeable individuals, and that group of individuals—who know state law and are authorized to enforce those laws—determines the outcome.
As it stands right now, when homeowners encounter wrongdoing in their HOA, their only option is to take their HOA to court—a lengthy, highly expensive, and intimidating process most citizens cannot begin to afford.
Citizens Speak Up
Stan Hrincevich, Colorado’s main homeowner advocate, will be holding his last HOA Town Hall of the year on Saturday, December 7, 9:30 to 1 pm, at the Windsor Gardens Auditorium, 595 S. Clinton Street, Denver 80247.
This HOA Town Hall, presented by the organization Hrincevich founded, Colorado HOA Forum, now the state’s largest and most recognized HOA homeowner advocacy group, will explore current problems and possible solutions, as well as answer questions. Issues to be discussed are problems encountered by seniors in HOAs; HOA home buying, HOA governance; Alternate Dispute Resolution, HOA budget approval and veto; as well as documentation requirements for home sellers and buyers.
Hrincevich will alert the audience to the largest free HOA Information Library, how to get free access to HOA owner guides, the services offered now by the State’s HOA Office—and the possible services that office would offer, if the legislators decide to invest more authority in it.
Direct questions of at least a few of those legislators will be possible on Saturday, December 7, in Windsor Gardens’ Auditorium, beginning at 9:30 am.
If you have questions for additional topics you would like covered at the Dec. 7 meeting, or any questions at all, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.