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Rent Control

Boulder Rent Control Boulder and rent control have an interesting history, and past efforts to impose rent control in the city directly contributed to a statewide response from the Colorado Legislature. In 1980, the City of Boulder passed a citizen initiative to impose rent control in existing buildings that would have capped and tightly regulated … Continue Reading

Boulder’s SmartRegs Deadline

Boulder’s SmartRegs’ Deadline for Owners of Rental Property The health and safety of people living in Boulder is a concern for Boulder’s government.  This concern led to the enactment of its SmartRegs in 2011. These energy guidelines for rental properties in the City of Boulder are intended to reduce carbon in the atmosphere, caused by … Continue Reading

Landlord’s Guide to Handling Tenant Requests for Assistance Animals

What should Colorado landlords and property managers know when handling a tenant’s request for an emotional support or service animal? Landlords, owners’ associations, and property managers across Colorado have been experiencing an increase in requests for accommodations for assistance animals – either a traditional “service animal” or the increasingly common “emotional support animal.” When these … 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

Meth Labs and Properties for Sale

Sellers have to disclose known material defects and complete a Seller’s Property Disclosure form when listing property for sale. There can be health risks associated with living in a house where meth was produced or used. Some telltale signs that a property could be contaminated by meth include discolored walls, strong ammonia-like odors, empty over-the-counter … Continue Reading

Can I Keep My Service Dog Even Though My Association’s Covenants Don’t Allow It?

The “seeing-eye dog” of yesterday has been replaced by many different kinds of animals that assist persons with many kinds of disabilities. Today, “service,” ”companion,” “therapy,” “support,” and “assistance” animals provide mobility for the sight and hearing impaired and emotional support for persons with depression, anxiety, or mental disabilities. They can help people with epilepsy, … Continue Reading