Thursday, May 27, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
After 10 months of working group meetings, open houses and community feedback, the SmartRegs (DumbRegs) project moves forward to be considered by the Planning Board at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18.
The SmartRegs proposal has three main components:
• Adoption of the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code with amendments to incorporate features of Boulder’s existing housing code;
• Adoption of administrative revisions and fee changes to the Rental License Code; and
• Adoption of an energy efficiency requirement for existing residential rental properties.
The proposal, most recently amended to address comments from the Environmental Advisory Board and Landmarks Board, is available on the SmartRegs Web site for public review prior to the Planning Board meeting. The meeting will include a presentation and public hearing. Community members are encouraged to attend and provide feedback.
Why should you attend this meeting? If SmartRegs is passed and you own rental properties in Boulder you will be required to retrofit your properties to come up to 20% of current energy codes. This could mean a cost range of about $750 per unit to $3200 per unit or more. When you look at all rental property in Boulder the city is asking everyone to pay around $35 million dollars. The city council believes that the upgrades increase the value of your properties and therefore this is just an “investment” in your business. Let them know that you know better – this is an expense that cannot be recovered.
Want more information? Contact the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association
Committee members, Stephens-R, Bradford-R, Priola-R, Liston-R, Balmer- R and Rice-D voted to oppose to the proposed legislation.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
(D-Denver) flipped his vote on SB 185 (Shaffer/Merrifield), Warranty of
The bill is now assigned to the House Business Affairs Committee.
Please contact these members of the Business Affairs and Labor Committee and ask
them to vote NO on SB 185.
- This bill would undo several months of negotiation that took place ONLY
18 MONTHS AGO.
- Those negotiations cost the taxpayers of Colorado upwards of $20,000 for
- This bill REMOVES KEY COMPONENTS that were negotiated to achieve a
balanced policy for all parties involved.
- This bill expands the definition of a violation of the Warranty of
Habitability. HB 185 changes the definition of a violation from
"materially dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health or
safety" to "materially affects health or safety." This
greatly expands what could be considered a violation of the warranty and
opens the door for increased frivolous law suits. Can a tenant claim a
breach if they have allergies in their apartment?
- SB 185 places greater strain on the court system through
INJUNCTIVE RELIEF and broadens the definition of a violation of Warranty
of Habitability. By allowing the tenant to obtain injunctive relief
in county courts, including small claims courts, this bill will generate
more traffic in our court systems.
- The tenant already has an arsenal of remedies. They can withhold rent, or
terminate and move. Under any of these scenarios, if the landlord
remains in breach, the landlord is losing rental income.
- THIS EQUATES TO FREE RENT! If an
injunctive relief is given to the tenant that is going through the
eviction process, an injunction will substantially slow the eviction. During
the legal process the tenant remains in their apartment until the
legal process is complete....without paying rent.
Representative Edward Casso (D-32)
Capitol Phone: 303.866.2964
Representative Karen Middleton (D-42)
Capitol Phone: 303.866.3911
Home Phone: 720.427.3239