HOAs must now allow certain water conservation efforts and accommodate their homeowners’ hybrid and electric cars due to two quietly enacted but noteworthy bills.  Senate Bill 13-183 requires HOAs to allow xeriscaping—landscaping utilizing low-water-use plants—and prohibits them from requiring homeowners to install water intensive grasses.  The law also precludes HOAs from fining homeowners for failing

The Governor recently signed into law House Bill 10-1278 (“HB 1278”), which creates the “HOA Information and Resource Center” and requires property owners’ associations (not just residential/homeowners associations) to register annually with the Division of Real Estate.  HB 1278 takes effect January 1, 2011.  Real estate owners and professionals should be aware of HB 1278 because