The HOA Information and Resource Center - One Year Later
It has been a little over a year since the requirement that Colorado property owners' associations register with the newly created HOA Information and Resource Center went into effect. The center’s 2011 annual report is out (and a copy of it is provided below). According to the annual report, in 2011, 8,037 property owners’ associations registered, comprising a total of 838,211 units.
As reported here earlier, the registration requirement went into effect on January 1, 2011, but an emergency rule was enacted automatically registering all such associations through March 1, 2011. As we reported last year, if a property owners' association fails to register, its assessment lien power and right to enforce such liens are suspended. Most associations registered sometime in the first quarter of 2011, and so the time to renew those registrations is now. This is an annual requirement, and the ramifications of non-renewal are the same as if an association did not register in the first instance.
The legislation is not clear on whether the registration requirement applies to all property owners' associations in Colorado or only property owners' associations subject to the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA). In 2011, legislation was introduced that would have clarified this point, but the legislation failed. The Division of Real Estate has promulgated a position statement clarifying that pre-CCIOA associations (associations formed prior to July 1, 1992) are not subject to registration unless that association has elected treatment under CCIOA. The position statement is authoritative but not binding, and so pre-CCIOA associations may still want to register despite the position statement.
A complaint form is now on the HOA Information and Resource Center’s website. The center has no investigative or enforcement capabilities, and the complaint form states that clearly on its face. However, the center tracks complaints and reports on them .The annual report includes, among other things, the report on complaints received which cover a variety of topics ranging from pets and parking to conflicts of interest and transparency. The annual report also comments on the ongoing confusion related to the center's power and authority to deal with complaints. For people involved with property owners' associations, whether in a development, management, board or ownership role, this information is instructive as to what the hot button issues are with owners. Whether or not it leads to further regulation of property owners' associations remains to be seen.