Elina Gilbert


Phone: 303.991.2010
Elina Gilbert has practiced community association law for 24 years with Altitude Community Law, PC., with an emphasis on transactional issues such as insurance, document amendments, and real estate matters. Elina has overseen the Altitude Community Education (“ACE”) program for over 17 years, a critical part of the firm’s mission statement and overall brand. Overseeing ACE involves creation, preparation, and presentation of 25+ programs per year, including manager and board member webinars and half-day classes that provide managers with CMCA credits. She also heads up the firm’s monthly E-Newsletter, which is nationally circulated. Elina is a frequent speaker on both a local and national level, which includes CAI Law Seminars, attorney courses through the National Business Institute, national webinars through HOALeader.com, and state classes and webinars through ACE and local CAI Chapters. Elina was inducted into the College of Community Association Lawyers (“CCAL”) in 2010, which represents an elite group of attorneys determined to be the most qualified experts in the HOA industry. Elina served as co-chair of the CCAL Law Seminar Planning Committee between 2018 and 2021, which developed and created the annual Law Seminar for HOA attorneys around the country, and currently serves on the CCAL Board of Governors and as a member of the CCAL Admissions Committee. When Elina is not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, doing crosswords and Sudoku puzzles, working out, taking walks, and dreaming of the day the law will allow her to have a pet moose.

B.A., University of Michigan Ann Arbor – 1993
Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law – 1997

Professional Organizations:
Michigan Bar Association – Since 1997
Community Associations Institute – Since 2000
Fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers – Since 2010
Community Associations Institute, Law Seminar Committee:  2015 -2021
Community Associations Institute, Law Seminar Planning Committee Co-Chair- 2018-2021
Admissions Committee into College of Community Association Lawyers – Since 2022
Board of Governors for College of Community Association Lawyers – Since 2023

Published Articles:

Do You Have the Qualities of the Greatest Condo/HOA Board Members?

Can You Ban Your Condo/HOA’s Renters from Paying with Government Subsidies?

HOA Permits Renters but Limits How They Pay – and Might End Up in Court as a Result

Trendwatch: Pool Monitors Versus Lifeguards

HOA Could Raise Assessments to Keep Nearby (Privately Owned) Golf Course in Business

HOA Reinvestment Fees and Transfer Fees: What’s the Difference (and $2,200 Dollars?!)?

Can Your Condo/HOA Board Be an Advocate in Votes on Amendments? Elections?

When Can Condo/HOA Board Influence Voting?

Condo/HOA Insurance: Why You Need an Inflation Checkup

What’s an HOA Managing Agent, and Should This Board Be Worried Sick?

Inflation Checkup: Are Your Condo/HOA Insurance Coverages Still Adequate?

Do You Know Everyone Who is Attending Your Condo/HOA Board Meetings?

HOA Owner Secretly Launches Zoom During Meeting: How to Respond

Who Should Run Your Condo/HOA Meetings?

Do You Really Need a Condo/HOA Meeting Parliamentarian?

Sharp Reader Wants to Create an HOA Disaster Team: 6 Tips to Get Started

HOALeader: Is it Normal for a Lakefront HOA to Deal with Lake Water Quality?

HOA Leader: Condo/HOA Noise: Silencing Those Deafening Leaf Blowers!

HOALeader: Condo/HOA Sidewalk Duties: The Perils of Board Inspections

HOALeader: Rogue Renters: What If You Punished the Investor Owner’s Other Tenants, Too?

HOALeader: Curbing Violations: Can You Punish All of a Condo/HOA Investor’s Multiple Renters?

HOALeader: Surprise, Surprise: A Critical Owner Has It Wrong on Condo/HOA Board Quorum

HOALeader: You’re Short Some Condo/HOA Board Members: Can You Act?

HOALeader: Will a Condo/HOA Manager Shortage Affect Your Community? Plus, 4 Things You Can Do to Keep a Good Manager

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

Law Seminar – Feb 14- 17 – Effective Communication for Attorneys










Recent Publications by Elina B. Gilbert

The Federal Corporate Transparency Act—What Are the Steps?

The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) has caused panic and confusion among the HOA industry.  Both managers, board members, and others in the industry are wondering what it means for them and how they can comply with the requirements. The CTA is a federal law requiring corporations and other businesses to report their “beneficial ownership” informationGo to Resource

The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”), which was was originally enacted by Congress on January 1, 2021 for the purpose of preventing money laundering, tax fraud, and other similar activities, requires small corporations in the United States to file reports with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) on or before December 31, 2024, disclosing certain informationGo to Resource

Little Known Provisions in CCIOA and the Nonprofit Act

The Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (“CCIOA”) and the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporations Act (“Nonprofit”) are the two primary statutes governing common interest communities in Colorado.  These statutes are long, complex, and contain provisions many people are not familiar with, and, frankly, may not care about. However, it is fun to take a look atGo to Resource

Help! My Association Can’t Afford Its Insurance Premiums

Unfortunately, we continue to see major increases to insurance premiums in Colorado, and for some communities, insurance has become practically unaffordable.  In fact, it is no longer unusual to see annual premiums ranging between $600,000 and $800,000 for some associations, with no sign of relief in the near future. So, what are associations to doGo to Resource

Leasing Restrictions—Three Tips

Rental restrictions have always been a hot topic for community associations.   Whether associations desire to limit the number of rentals, the types of permitted rentals, or both, the question of whether associations can and should adopt leasing restrictions comes up quite often.  This article provides three important tips with respect to leasing restrictions. 1. LeasingGo to Resource
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