Senator Morgan Carroll’s HOA town hall draws nearly 200 community members
Senator Carroll addressed the crowd during tonight's town hall on Homeowner Association issues.
AURORA – Tonight, State Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora), along with State Representatives Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora), Su Ryden (D-Aurora), Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) hosted a town hall to help the Aurora community better understand HOA (Home Owner Association) issues. Held at the Community College of Aurora, the event drew nearly 200 attendees in addition to the legislators and experts on hand to field questions about HOAs.
Senator Carroll has long had strong interests in consumer protection issues. In 2010, she was the primary Senate sponsor of HB 10-1278, which created the state HOA Clearinghouse and Resource Center. The Resource Center was established to provide consumers with access to information about HOA laws and responsibilities, and to provide consumers with a central location at which to lodge complaints or ask questions about HOAs. The HOA Clearinghouse and Resource Center’s first-year report said that 3,053 questions and complaints had been filed with the Center in 2011, with common issues including maintenance problems, governance, management, and transparency. About 2 million Coloradans live under an HOA, and more than 8,000 HOAs exist in Colorado.
Representatives from the Colorado Division of Real Estate, Resolution Resources of Colorado, Colorado HOA Forum, and Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis, and Payne, LLP were on hand to discuss issues with attendees. Senator Carroll was pleased with the meeting and offered the following comment:
“For many Coloradans, their home is their single largest investment, and their HOA can have a significant impact on their quality of life. We held tonight’s meeting to help people learn more their rights and responsibilities in an HOA and to identify areas for improvement in Colorado law. Hopefully our increased focus will also help HOA boards and managers prioritize dealing with issues in a timely manner, before they become larger problems.”