FHA Condominium Certifications: The Requirements and Prohibitions

Introduction The Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) is a government-owned insurance company that insures home loans for buyers who cannot afford a conventional down payment or prefer to use their available funds in other ways.  In other words, a FHA backed loan allows a home buyer to purchase the home with a smaller down payment thanGo to Resource

Small Claims Court – How Best to Proceed

With the recent uptick in the economy, individuals have more disposable income, which has attributed to an increase in small claims lawsuits getting filed against associations. Small claims lawsuits fall into one of three primary categories: 1) an alleged failure to follow or enforce the governing documents; 2) an alleged failure to properly and uniformlyGo to Resource

Association wins at Colorado Court of Appeals

In March of 2014 the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned a Jefferson County District Court decision made against one of Altitude Community Law’ clients.  In the ruling the Court of Appeals agreed with the arguments put forth by Brianna Schaefer, Damien Bielli and Loura Sanchez. Altitude Community Law felt that the District Court ruling wasGo to Resource

Is Regulating Renters Discriminatory?

In almost any homeowners association, the subject of rentals divides owners between those who rent their units, or might want to, and those who don’t rent their units and oppose the idea altogether.  The situation can be additionally controversial in the event the community has been subjected to a series of “bad actor” tenants whoGo to Resource

Swimming Pools and Exercise Rooms – What Can Associations Do?

Both the Colorado and Federal fair housing laws prohibit discrimination against any person in their use of a dwelling based on their “familial status”.  Essentially, discrimination based on familial status is discrimination against people with children.  The fair housing laws and regulations prohibit rules that have the effect of restricting a resident’s use of theGo to Resource