By now, almost everyone has heard the news: HB1212 renewing community association manager licensing is no more! But why did Governor Polis veto the bill after all the work that went into it and the rigorous legislative process it underwent that ultimately resulted in a one-year extension of the licensing with a required stakeholder input?
On May 31, 2019, Governor Polis issued a veto statement explaining his thoughts on manager licensing and why he decided to veto the bill. Specifically, the Governor noted, “the data we have reviewed does not demonstrate that regulating community association managers has had the intended effect of reducing harm to consumers.” The governor went on to surmise that owners, in fact, have been negatively impacted by licensing as the cost of regulation was passed on to them through higher assessments.
The Governor also believes the way to protect consumers is not through licensing community managers, but by addressing “broader issues with regard to Homeowners’ Associations (‘HOA’s”).” As a parting note in the statement, the Governor directed DORA to examine and make recommendations concerning the licensure of community association managers and whether licensure is needed to protect consumer safety, approaches to improving transparency, methods to reduce costs, and strategies to promote homeowners’ rights.
What does this mean for currently licensed CAM’s? It means you, at a minimum, have a yearlong reprieve from licensing fees, continuing education requirements (unless you hold a CAI designation), and responding to complaints filed against you with DORA. However, we anticipate this not completely over and in the next legislative session we will see manager licensing rear its head once again in one way or another.
What do you think? Do you agree with the Governor’s veto? How do you anticipate the next year will look without the licensing requirement? Share your thoughts.