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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

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The “seeing-eye dog” of yesterday has been replaced by many different kinds of animals that assist persons with many kinds of disabilities.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

Changes for Some Post-Foreclosure Evictions

Until May of 2009, the recipient of a Public Trustee’s deed (the “PT Deed”) following a foreclosure sale could immediately begin the eviction process of any occupant of a residential property in Colorado. Now, with the passage of the Federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (the “Act”), depending on the circumstances, options available to the … Continue Reading

Subleases – Part I

CO-Author:  Jon Goodman, Esq. As businesses reduce staff or shut down locations, they often remain obligated on long term leases. Subleasing unused space helps offset continuing liability. Subleases are often documented by simple forms specifying the premises, gross rental rate, security deposit and duration for the sublease, but then address other issues by incorporating the … Continue Reading