HOA Websites and Tips

HOA-related Websites

"CCIOA" is the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (Title 38, Article 33.3 of State law). Most HOAs are subject to at least part of CCIOA.

"CRNCA" is the Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act (Title 7, Articles 121-137). If an HOA was formed as a nonprofit corporation, CRNCA applies.

The link above opens a new page maintained by the Colorado HOA Information And Resource Center. They are part of the Real Estate Division of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

After the page loads, click the "Colorado Acts" section, then click the link for CCIOA or CRNCA.

The pdf files available at the link are word-searchable, so you can easily find topics of interest.

The footer of the pdf files caution that it is "uncertified". Sometimes it does not yet show recently enacted legislation, so you can check the "Colorado Revised Statutes" link below.
CCIOA & CRNCA

The link opens a new page maintained by the Colorado HOA Information And Resource Center. 

After the page loads, there's several options.

Click the "Reports and Educational Publications" link on the left side to get:
  •  "HOA Information and Resource Center Annual Reports": This report is prepared annually by DORA, summarizing complaints/inquiries received in prior year.
  • "HOA Presentations": This includes the "CCIOA HOA Presentation" and other summaries of HOA topics.
  • "General Publications for HOA Members", where you can get various pubs.

Click "Helpful Links for HOA Members" for:
  •  Alternative Dispute Resolution services
  • Government offices with roles relating to HOAs
  • info on legal services for HOA members

Click "HOA Board (Members) FAQs" for:
  • How to properly conduct Executive Sessions, which is a portion of some Board meetings.
  • HOA Financial Reserves
  • Speaking procedure at HOA meetings
  • etc.

On the right side of the page, click "File a Complaint" to inform the HOA Info & Resource center about a concern with HOA management - whether due to action/inaction by the Board, performance by the Community Association Manager (CAM) or Company, or any other reason. 
HOWEVER, be advised that if you file a complaint on THIS page, DORA does NOT intervene in your issue, and even if the complaint is valid, they will not take any disciplinary action against the responsible parties, so you may see no real effect. But DORA would consider all complaints received when preparing their Annual Report about the nature of complaints received.
DORA's HOA Info & Resource Center

After clicking the link above, you'll get to DORA's eLicense database.
To see if your HOA is registered, go to the "Business Name / DBA" box and enter your HOA's name. You MUST enter the exact first letters of your HOA as it is named with DORA. So if your HOA was registered under the name "the homes", a search on "homes" will fail.New Paragraph
DORA Registration of HOAs

A "CAM" is a Community Association Manager (individual or company).
Since 2015, the DORA Real Estate Division has regulated CAMs.

After clicking the link above, you have several options.
  • (Left side) "Community Association Managers": This takes you to a page with info about the new licensing program.
  • (Right side) "File a Complaint" takes you to instructions for filing a complaint, with links to the complaint form. Unlike compaints filed at the HOA Information and Resource Center website above, complaints filed here MIGHT actually get investigated, and if the concerns are valid, there MIGHT be some disciplinary action taken. Contact CONO if you'd like help completing a complaint, but understand it will be your complaint, not CONO's.
  • (Right side) "Search Licensees": This takes you to a search tool where you can check on the licensing status of companies and people working in the CAM profession. The search tool also shows whether there have been any disciplinary actions taken against a licensee.
  • (Right side) "Search Disciplinary Actions": This takes you to a page which has links to files of 2016 and 2017 disciplinary actions. After you click the link to either the 2016 or 2017 file, you'll be shown a table. Click the "CAM" tab at the top to see actions concerning CAM licensees.New Paragraph
DORA's CAM Licensing Program

While the "CCIOA / CRNCA" link above lets you get a pdf of these sections of the law, these files have some weaknesses:
- may not legislation which has been recently enacted
- does not contain legislative history so you can see when provisions took effect
- does not contain annotations about court rulings which interpret some provisions of the law

To access the law, click the link above, and you'll get a new page with a pop-up showing "Terms & Conditions". 
After you click your consent, click "Colorado Revised Statutes" on the left side.  
Wait a few seconds and the right side of the page will display the table of contents.
To see legislative history of a section of the law, and notes of court rulings (if any), scroll to the bottom AFTER you're viewing a particular paragraph of the law.

For CCIOA: 
  •  Click the "+" sign next to "TITLE 38. PROPERTY - REAL AND PERSONAL" ... 
  • then click the "+" sign next to "REAL PROPERTY" ... 
  • then click the "+" sign next to "ARTICLE 33.3. COLORADO COMMON INTEREST OWNERSHIP ACT".
For a key portion of the law on Construction Defects: 
  •  Click the "+" sign next to "TITLE 13. COURTS AND COURT PROCEDURE" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "REGULATION OF ACTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "ARTICLE 20. ACTIONS" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "PART 8. CONSTRUCTION DEFECT ACTIONS ...".
  • The CDARA (Construction Defect Action Reform Act) is in 13-20-801 thru 13-20-808.
Laws about licensing of Community Association Managers for HOAs:
  • Click the "+" sign next to "TITLE 12. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "GENERAL - Continued" (the THIRD entry) ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "ARTICLE 61. REAL ESTATE" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "PART 10. COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MANAGERS".
Laws about Fair Housing:
  • Click the "+" sign next to "TITLE 24. GOVERNMENT - STATE" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "PRINCIPAL DEPARTMENTS" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "ARTICLE 34. DEPARTMENT OF REGULATORY AGENCIES" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "PART 5. HOUSING PRACTICES" ...
  • then click the link for 24-34-502.
Laws about Service Animals (different from "Assistance/Companion/Therapy Animals"):
  • Click the "+" sign next to "TITLE 24. GOVERNMENT - STATE" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "PRINCIPAL DEPARTMENTS" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "ARTICLE 34. DEPARTMENT OF REGULATORY AGENCIES" ...
  • then click the "+" sign next to "PART 8. PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES - CIVIL RIGHTS" ...
  • then click the link for 24-34-803.
Colorado Revised Statutes

After clicking the link above, a new page will load.
After consenting to the "Terms & Conditions" pop-up, click "Colorado Constitution" on the left side. 
Wait a few seconds and the right side of the page will display the table of contents.

For the Constitutional language on Medical Marijuana:  
  • Click the "+" sign next to "ARTICLE XVIII MISCELLANEOUS" ...
  • then click the link for "Section 14. MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA FOR PERSONS SUFFERING FROM DEBILITATING MEDICAL CONDITIONS"
For the Constitutional language on other Marijuana topics: 
  • Click the "+" sign next to "ARTICLE XVIII MISCELLANEOUS" ...
  • then click the link for "Section 16. PERSONAL USE AND REGULATION OF MARIJUANA".
Colorado Constitution

If an HOA is incorporated, it must maintain a current registration with the Colorado Secretary of State (ref 7-136-107, 7-90-501).
You can check the registration status of your HOA with the Secretary of State.

After clicking the link above, enter a portion of the HOA's name in the search box and click "Search".
You'll see the organization's status and the registered agent info.
If you click "Filing history and documents", you can usually get a copy of the Articles of Incorporation.
Secretary of State Registrations of HOAs

On any given topic, an HOA might be allowed to have stricter or looser rules than the City. But it might still be good to know the City's rules as comparison, or if you wish to adopt the City's rules on a certain topic for the HOA.

After clicking the link, wait for the new page to load.  You'll see a "TOC" (table of contents) tab at the upper left. 
 Here's some topics of interest to some HOAs:

Garage Sales: (Chapter 2, article 7, part 4, section 416) 
  • On the left side of the screen, click the folder icon next to "Chapter 2 ..." ... 
  • then click the folder icon next to "Article 7 ..." ... 
  • then click the folder icon next to "PART 4 ..." ... 
  • then click the line which reads: "2.7.416 ...".
Responsibility of HOA to clear sidewalks (unless maintained by some other party per separate agreement) (3.4.103 & 3.4.202): 
  • Chapter 3, article 4, part 1, section 103 ... 
  • and Chapter 3, article 4, part 2, section 202
Responsibility of the HOA to maintain the landscaping in area between its property line and the curb (unless maintained by some other party per separate agreement)
  • (4.4.105): Chapter 4, article 4, part 1, section 105
  • Note that para B might make the City (not the HOA) responsible for maintenance of trees between the property line and the curb. Contact the Forestry Division at 385-5942 to check.
Pets (6.7.x and 6.8.x): Chapter 6, articles 7 and 8

Definition of "Family" for a residential building (7.2.201): Chapter 7, article 2, part 2, section 201.

Definitions of "Use" types for residential structures (7.2.302): Chapter 7, article 2, part 3, section 302.

Parking Spaces (7.4.204-205): Chapter 7, article 4, part 2, sections 204 and 205

Hanging banners (7.4.409): Chapter 7, article 4, part 4, section 409, para F.1.a

Liquid Petroleum Gas Grilling (8.4.105): Chapter 8, article 4, part 1, section 105 - do Ctrl+F and search for 308.1.4.1

Fee for CSPD response to false automated alarms (8.5.102): Chapter 8, article 5, section 102

Noise (9.8.x): Chapter 9, article 8, parts 1 and 2

No puffing vehicles (10.11.103): Chapter 10, article 11, para 103

Marijuana: Various sections apply.
  • 2.2.101 bans retail sale of recreational
  • 7.3.105.P regulates cultivation
  • 9.7.206-212 regulates possession/consumption/manufacture
Colorado Springs City Code

This may have Ordinances, City Council Agenda materials, etc. which relate to your HOA. 
For example, search on "norwood special improvement maintenance district" to find City Council actions regarding their obligation to maintain various areas in northeastern Colorado Springs, even if some of these areas would be considered private property.
Colorado Springs City Clerk Document Search

This may have some of the materials (but NOT necessarily the most current version) about your HOA, like the Plat, Development Plan, etc. 
In the top search box, enter your neighborhood's name and click "Search". 
Note: The documents may have been filed under a name different from your HOA's name. If you need help, contact CONO.

As noted above, this might not be the must current version. To get the official current document, 
  • Contact the City Engineering office (who runs this website) or the City Planning office. They won't give you the originals from their files, but they could arrange for a local print shop to get the original, and at YOUR expense, prepare a hardcopy or softcopy for you. 
  • Another option is the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (www.pprbd.org), where you can pay $10 and they'll give you a thumbdrive with up to 2GB of files you want.
Colorado Springs City Engineering Documents

This is a very handy mapping (or Geographic Information System (GIS)) tool to learn about land use near your HOA.

After the page loads (may take a minute or more), and you've clicked the two pop-ups asking for your consent on various things, you're ready to use the tool. There are many features. Here's just one example. Call CONO for additional tips.

To find Zoning information ...
  • At the bottom left of the window, look for a little icon of a house, and to the right of it, a little icon of three diamond-shaped boxes on top of each other. The icon on the right is the "Layers" selector. Click it.
  • On the left side of the window, you'll see various "Layers" you can turn on or off. 
  • Click the "+" sign next to "Planning". Wait a few seconds for the list to expand. 
  • Find the item "Base Zone - Fill", and click the box next to it.
  • On the right side of the window, click anywhere and drag the map to find your HOA. It may help to zoom-out a bit first - you can use the "-" button near the top of the map window.
  • You should now seem some codes over the area of your HOA ... e.g. "PUD", "R1-6", etc. To look-up the meaning of a code, try this site: https://coloradosprings.gov/planning/page/dab-201-zoning-property-and-what-it-means
Springsview

Curious about the legal info recorded about your property?  After clicking the link to get a new page ...
  • In the "Street Name" box, leave off the suffix.  For example, to find the CONO's building, enter just "cascade" (omit "st" or "street"), and in the "House number range" boxes enter 300 and 350.
  • Click "GO". 
  • On the next page, click the row for "El Paso County" at 309 S Cascade Ave.
  • At the upper left, the "Parcel Map" link shows the Lot on a map. 
  • To see the property lines in relation to the sidewalks and roads, click the "Aerial" link near the top of the page (to switch back to normal view, click "Road").
El Paso County Assessor

This has some official documents recorded by or about your HOA. 
  • For example, in the "Grantor's or Grantee's Name" box, type the name of your HOA (or part of the name, or a related name which may have been used at the time of recording).
  • Click the "Submit Search" button near the bottom left of the page.   
  • You'll get a list of documents and some info about them.
  • To actually view the documents on the hit list, there's several options:
  • (1) Ask CONO to view the document. We can purchase a copy for you (County charges $0.25/page), and might be able to convert it to be word-searchable. Donations would be accepted to cover our expenses to the County.
  • (2) Visit the El Paso County Citizens Service Center at 1675 W.n Garden of the Gods Rd, and ask to view documents on one of their workstations.
  • (3) Call the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder (number is on right side of above-linked page), give them the document's "Instrument Number" (left column of hit list), give them your credit card # and email address, and they'll email it to you.
El Paso County Clerk & Recorder
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