Elina Gilbert

Shareholder - Transaction

Phone: 303.991.2010
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Elina enjoys variety – and community association law provides exactly that. Her knowledge and years of experience in community association law has allowed Elina to provide practical, economical, and creative solutions to clients. She has a knack for explaining complex documents and legal issues in a way, whether in person, by phone, in a letter, or in front of a classroom, that removes the legalese and allows board members and managers to understand the issue at hand.

Education:
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
College of Community Association Lawyers – Since 2010
Community Associations Institute, Law Seminar Committee – Since 2015
Community Associations Institute, Law Seminar Planning Committee Co-Chair- 2019 Law Seminar

Recent Publications:
Apathy In Communities: Does Anyone Care?
Using Association Professionals: Do We Really Have to?
Accidents on Common Elements- What’s The Association’s Liability Exposure?
CCIOA Budget Checklist
Robert’s Rules: Did Robert Intend They Be Used At Board Meetings?
The Nuisance- You Know It When You See it??

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
9/26- Around the HOA World in 8 Hours- Part I (Lakewood)
10/30- Manager License Exam Prep Course (Lakewood)
11/1- Satellite Dishes, Solar Panels, Xeriscaping, and Retractable Clotheslines- Can We Regulate Them?? (Lakewood)
11/14- Around the HOA World in 8 Hours- Part II (Lakewood)
12/6- Ask the Experts (Lakewood)

Posts by Elina B. Gilbert

Colorado law prohibits associations from adopting rules or regulations that effectively prohibit the installation of solar panels on homeowners’ properties, but associations are allowed to adopt reasonable rules governing such installation, which can be based on aesthetic considerations and to prohibit solar panels on common areas. Such rules must also not significantly increase the costGo to Article

For those of you who are currently designated as CMCAs (Certified Managers of Community Associations) through CAI, or for those of you who are planning on obtaining this designation, you may already know that the CMCA designation requires 16 hours of continuing education every two years for recertification. The CAMICB Board of Commissioners recently approvedGo to Article

Airbnb’s continue to increase all over the country and, oftentimes, wreak havoc in community associations. Denver has a new ordinance 0262  that became effective December 31, 2016, throwing a slight monkey wrench into the process. Pursuant to the new ordinance, homeowners must now obtain a license from the Denver Excise and Licenses Department before theyGo to Article

By now, it is no secret that the FHA certification and recertification processes are not overly friendly and considered by most to be overwhelming, burdensome, complicated, and confusing.  There are other “colorful” adjectives that have been used in the industry to describe these processes that will not be repeated in this blog.  Nevertheless, the publicGo to Article

During the 2015-2016 federal legislative season, the Ham Radio lobby introduced H.R. 1301, a bill that seeks to prohibit associations from banning Ham Radio antennae in their communities.  This bill has been vehemently opposed by CAI for various reasons, and recently the parties reached a compromise with respect to the language contained in the bill.Go to Article