Today I attended the CAI Rocky Mountain Chapter Mountain Conference in Vail. During an afternoon session it was confirmed that it is “almost” official … DORA will likely be acknowledging that anyone who holds a CMCA, AMS or PCAM from CAI will only be required to take the state specific/Colorado law portion of the test for licensure.  Once DORA issues this clarification we will let you know. This is a great clarification and means that there will be less preparation required for many managers and Altitude Community Law will be helping you prepare with one or more special classes. The dates will be set as soon as we know when the test will be available.

4 responses to “Manager Licensing Update
  1. Is there any regulatory/licensing requirement for volunteer Board of Directors who manage a covenanted community?
  2. This is precisely what needs to happen, but never could, because directorships are volunteer positions, and the directors are not expected to have any particular expertise in administration of their communities. Few problems in an HOA are the result of the manager. Most are due to the boards, many of whom ignore their governing documents and seem to think they have some kind of mystical power to do whatever they wish, including using their position to get revenge on those whom they don’t like. A board can make living in a community very uncomfortable, and can harass people right out of their homes. I know. As both a board member and a manager, I have witnessed this, much to my dismay. The HOA in which I live is still reeling from the tyrannical 4-year rule by an incompetent board, and I was one of the harassees, because I tried to get them to do it right and to respect the homeowners. We all know, in our society, how difficult it can be to be an advocate for justice. The law in Nevada that provides for out-of-court resolution of HOA disputes also includes provisions for the ombudsman to have board members removed for violations of law and governing documents, and I would love to see this provision adopted in Colorado.
  3. This is great, but there still is no provision for experience in actual management, even for a person who has been managing for 21 years without a complaint. I could teach these classes, but, in order to be licensed, I would have to go back–way back–and take M-100, which subject matter I learned in my first month as president of an HOA 30 years ago, when I also uncovered embezzlement by the managers and was instrumental in conviction and restitution (neither of which are provided for by this law). So it is that my management career will end on June 30. Thank you very much, CAI!
  4. I live in a small (31 homes) HOA that has been Board managed for almost 18 years. One time the Board hired a licensed property manager and all we received was a poor accounting service for $1,000 a month. It actually made more work for me as I had to tell the manager every thing that had to be done, wait to see if it was done, and then end up taking care of it myself. Recently, we had several potholes in our streets. A manager would have called an asphalt company at a minimun of $1,000, while I just hired a homeowner who patched 8 pot holes with bags of cold nmx for $150.00. A homeowner/Board member has a personal interest in the property, plus knows all the residents which builds trust.
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