Category Archives: Real Estate

Can I require a pet deposit for all animals?

Whether a landlord, association or property manager has to allow someone with an assistance animal to live at the property despite animal restrictions is a frequent question. Also, if you have to allow the animal, can you still request a pet deposit?  First of all, even if the property does not allow certain animals, if… Continue Reading

What is a Personal Representative’s Deed?

When someone dies owning an interest in real estate, the legal instrument used to convey the property is a Personal Representative’s Deed.  In the deed, the Personal Representative (“PR”) of the estate transfers the deceased owner’s interest to either a third-party buyer or an estate beneficiary. Does a Personal Representative’s Deed Require a Probate Administration?… Continue Reading

Real Estate Brokers & Referral Fees under RESPA

Special Considerations for Commercial Real Estate Brokers and Referral Fees under RESPA and Colorado law. Paying for referrals is a common practice in various competitive industries where the struggle to attract customers determines which participants will flourish and which will flounder.  However, the business of real estate is subject to various restrictions that limit industry-participants’… Continue Reading

Local Ordinances on Construction Defects

Know Your Local Ordinance on Construction Defects When state law on construction defects failed to change despite lobbying efforts, many cities enacted their own local ordinances regarding how to deal with construction defects in new housing and there are probably more to come. Currently, Arvada, Aurora, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Commerce City, Denver, Lakewood, Littleton, Lone… Continue Reading

Partition Actions Between Property Co-owners

Partition Actions: Remedies for Sour Relationships Between Property Co-owners Question: I own a rental property with a friend, but we’re locked in disagreement on what to do with the property or whether to sell it. What legal remedies do I have? Answer: Many people acquire investment properties with friends with only the best intentions, but… Continue Reading

My Property Zoning is “Wrong”?

What If the Property I Own Has the “Wrong” Zoning? Question: I own a property.  The current zoning will not let me do what I want to do with it.  Is there any way of changing the property zoning? Answer: The short answer is, “Yes.”  Communities use zoning to promote harmonious development patterns and keep… Continue Reading

Property Taxes in Colorado

Co-Author:  Jordan C. May, Esq. Property Taxes in Colorado – How are they determined and what can I do about it? Overview Colorado’s system of real property taxation can leave homeowners confused and frustrated. This may be especially true if a homeowner receives a Notice of Valuation reflecting an unexpected increase in the value of… Continue Reading