It’s over! The 2013 Colorado Legislative Session ended May 8th. Here are a few of the bills we’ve been tracking . . .
1. Civil Unions are now legal in Colorado. Watch for changes to the family law, probate and other forms.
• SB13-077 , the Probate Omnibus Bill, sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association’s Legislative Committee, updates and clarifies provisions of the Colorado Probate Code.
3. Family Law
• HB13-1058 creates a process, including guidelines as to the amount and term, for determining spousal maintenance in proceedings for divorce, legal separation or declaration of invalidity filed on or after January 1, 2014.
• HB13-1204 enacts the “Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act” (Act). The bill describes the formation of premarital and marital agreements, when such agreements are effective, provisions that are unenforceable in premarital or marital agreements, and when an agreement is enforceable. Applies to agreements signed on or after July 1, 2014.
• HB13-1209 makes several changes to portions of the Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act relating to child support obligations and how it is calculated, effective January 1, 2014.
4. HOA bills:
• SB13-126 prohibits a landlord or the unit owners’ association of a common interest community from preventing a tenant or unit owner from installing an electric vehicle charging system on property owned or exclusively controlled by the tenant or unit owner, at the tenant’s or unit owner’s expense.
It also allows grants to be made from the electric vehicle grant fund to landlords of multi-family apartment buildings and the unit owners’ associations of common interest communities to install recharging stations for electric vehicles.
• In addition to amending the annual registration provisions, HB13-1134 empowers the HOA Information and Resource Center that was created in 2010 to compile a database of registered unit owners’ associations, assist in preparation of educational and reference materials, and to provide information on the Division of Real Estate’s website.
• HB13-1276 requires the unit owners’ association of a common interest community (HOA) or a holder or assignee of the HOA’s debt to adopt, and comply with, a policy regarding the collection of delinquent assessments and other past-due amounts from unit owners. The unit owner must be offered a one-time opportunity to enter into a 6-month payment plan. The HOA or a holder or assignee of the HOA’s lien is prohibited from foreclosing its lien for past-due assessments unless the total amount is at least equal to 6 months of regular assessments. Section 3 of the bill specifies the terms and conditions of the repayment plan that must be offered.
• HB13-1277 requires any person who manages the affairs of a common interest community on behalf of an HOA for compensation, on or after July 1, 2015, to meet minimum qualifications and obtain a license from the director of the division of real estate in the department of regulatory agencies. Licensees are identified as “community association managers”.