Charter Statement and Current Issues

The Colorado HOA Forum is an open organization consisting mostly of homeowners
from Colorado Homeowner's Associations (HOA's).  We also members from other
states including Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and California.  We are dedicated to improving
Colorado HOA legislation and homeowner's rights.  

We are interested in real HOA issues, directly from HOA homeowners that concern
abusive HOA's and their Boards and property management companies.  Our focus is on
changing Colorado HOA legislation to include enforcement provisions from the
homeowner's perspective and an effective means for homeowner dispute resolution.  
We do believe that HOA controls, restrictions, covenants, and by-laws should be
enforced consistently and fairly.  Violations with HOA governing documents whether by
homeowner, an HOA Board, or property management company should not be tolerated
and violators should be held accountable.  .    

Enforcing HOA legislation and HOA governing documents from the Boards perspective
are very effective with no changes needed in the law.  Enforcement of homeowner rights
is not addressed in the law/legislation and all enforcement is defaulted to our Court
System: an expensive, complicated, litigious, and time consuming process that is out of
the reach of most homeowners.  We advocate including in all HOA legislation a
mandatory out of court dispute resolution process such as medi-arb (using a mediator
and empowering that person with arbitrator authority to make decisions). This process
is very timely, uncomplicated, very low cost, and will not cost taxpayers as all costs
related to filing a complaint through the dispute resolution will be paid for by the parties
involved in the dispute.  This would only involve dispute resolution related to non-
compliance with HOA legislation and/or an HOA's governing documents and with
monetary amounts in such claims under $7,500.

We work to modify Colorado HOA legislation to:

Colorado HOA legislation (CCIOA) provides for no effective enforcement process or
penalties against HOA Boards or property management companies that ignore their
own governing documents or State law except our expensive, time consuming, and
litigious courts that are not workable for most homeowners.  We work to change this by
including an out of court, binding, arbitration-mediation process in current State HOA law.

Limit the amount of fees and "add-on" charges that can be assessed in the collection of
HOA debt
and upon the sale of a home in an HOA (transfer fees)

Limit the ability for HOA's to foreclose on a homeowner's property for delinquent HOA
About Us
Colorado HOA Forum:  Homeowner Advocates
Red Rocks, Denver, CO
2013-14 Goals and Objectives

1.  Include an out of court binding dispute
resolution process in all Colorado HOA laws

2.  Improve upon Colorado legislation that
licenses HOA property managers

3.  Limit fees and administrative costs on
HOA debt

4.  Increase the roles, responsibilities,
authority, and enforcement capabilities of
the Colorado HOA Information Office and
Resource Center including involvement in
administering an out of court binding dispute
resolution process

5. Restrict/limit "transfer fees" in the sale of
HOA homes

6. Require realtors and home buyers to be
provided a copy of the HOA's governing
documents, insurance coverage, a current
HOA financial statement, the amount of HOA
dues, any special assessments current and
ongoing, the number of foreclosures in the
HOA, the number of homeowners in arrears
on their HOA dues, the number of rentals in
the community, and certify they read them
prior to purchasing a home.

7.  Term limits on HOA Board members when
others are willing to serve.

8.  Include as part of the HOA registration
process a certification that HOA Board
members read their own HOA governing
documents and applicable information
posted on the State's HOA Office’s web site
concerning State HOA law.  In addition,
require each HOA to provide the State's HOA
Office a copy of their governing documents,  
the amount of HOA dues,  the CAM hired to
manage the HOA,  and any special
assessments that are current and/or
proposed.  This information posted on the
State's HOA Office's web site. The HOA is
required to update this information when
changes occur and review the information
Contain the Community Association
Institute's (CAI) undue and extraordinary
influence in the Colorado legislature.  In the
past twenty years, every HOA Bill that has
been proposed has been either opposed or
watered down to being ineffective by this
group.  The CAI is the most significant
obstacle to HOA legislative reform in
Colorado and throughout the nation.