Last night, Denver’s City Council passed the short-term rental regulations recommended by the Planning Commission to the second reading, despite opposition from short-term rental platforms, such as HomeAway, and industry leaders regarding the “primary dwelling unit” requirement. City Council also voted down amendments to the proposed regulations submitted by two City Councilmembers. The second reading and public hearing is scheduled for June 13.

Recently, the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association published a white paper that reviewed the recent Guidance of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (“HUD”) relating to landlords screening tenants for criminal convictions and proposed “best practices” relating to such screening. Continue Reading Criminal Background Checks for Tenants

While negotiations on construction defect legislation reform came to a halt in the Colorado Legislature last Thursday, a package of three bills aimed at increasing affordable housing in Colorado moved forward at the State Capital on May 5, 2016. Continue Reading Affordable Housing Legislation Advances at State Capital

Last week, the negotiations for a construction defects reform package fell apart, making it extremely unlikely that Colorado would see any state action on the issue this year – the fourth time such attempts at legislation have failed. Immediately after that failure, Senate Bill 213 was introduced, which would establish a ten-person study group appointed by State leaders. Continue Reading Mejor que Nada? Construction-Defect “Study Group” May Get Legislative Sanction

On Thursday, May 05, 2016 negotiations for a construction-defects reform package broke down, making it unlikely that a bill will even get introduced this year. While Denver and several other Colorado communities have passed their own ordinances, without a state-wide legislative change, the shortage of affordable housing in Denver and elsewhere in Colorado is likely to continue, as many developers are unwilling to risk such ordinances being overturned. Continue Reading Fourth Time Not the Charm: 2016 Construction Defect Legislation Reform Unlikely