In our April Client Alert, we reported on a possible breakthrough in construction defect reform legislation, which had passed the House and was moving to the Senate.  The Colorado Senate has now unanimously approved House Bill 1279, and sent it to Governor Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign the bill.  HB 1279 was one of six bills introduced this year in an effort to address the dearth of condominium construction in Denver.  It is the only bill to reach the Governor’s desk, and the first bill in four years of effort to make substantive changes to the existing construction defect law in Colorado.

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

On November 16, 2015, the Denver City Council unanimously approved the first reading of Mayor Hancock’s construction defect ordinance that we wrote about last month. Continue Reading Mayor Hancock’s Construction Defect Ordinance Passes Important Hurdle