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Capitol Connection – Feb. 12, 2021

We've past groundhog day and it's another four months of legislative session to go, this time into June after the General Assembly took a month long Covid-19 pause. While the air may be chilly this President's holiday weekend, our Legislative Policy Committee is gearing up for a very busy session starting on Tuesday, Feb. 16 where we might see...

Office of Consumer Counsel advises Colorado Natural Gas Customers of Potential Bill Increases and Encourages the Public to Participate in the Regulatory Proceeding

DENVER - The Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) is advising Colorado Natural Gas (CNG) customers of CNG’s filing with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) seeking approval to implement a System Safety and Integrity Rider, or SSIR.  If approved, the SSIR would allow CNG to recover the costs of specific pipeline safety and integrity projects, through a separate rider on...

Colorado Leaders Launch Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery, a project developed by the Colorado Business Roundtable and Common Sense Institute, brings together dozens Colorado leaders from a wide range of industries and backgrounds to develop recommendations for getting Colorado back to work. “While COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges in terms of health and safety for Coloradans and the business community, the disruption has brought an opportunity to rethink...

Governor Announces New COVID Risk Level – Changes to Real Estate Activities Within Level Red

With COVID-19 incidence rates climbing across Colorado, putting stress on hospitals, public health systems and health care workers, Gov. Polis today announced a change to the state’s COVID-19 risk dial, changing the Red (Severe Risk) Level and adding a Purple (Extreme Risk) Level. The new dial will go into effect on Friday. However, several counties across Colorado have already begun moving into the Orange (High...

DORA: New Requirements for Landlords and Property Managers on January 1, 2021

On Nov. 16, 2020, DORA issued the following release regarding House Bill 20-1332, Concerning Prohibitions on Discrimination in Housing Based on Source of Income, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation This bill amends unfair housing practices that are prohibited in §24-34-501 and 502, C.R.S., by adding discrimination based on source of income as a type of unfair housing practice. It is important for...

Dress Up Your Home with a Gorgeous Seasonal Wreath!

At this RPAC virtual workshop, learn to create your very own wreath and easy ways to decorate it. We will take you through making your fall wreath step-by-step and share tips and tricks on how to make wreath making fun, fast, and easy. It’s holiday fun for the whole family, friends and colleagues! You’ll even have a chance to win fun prizes! Participants will receive their...

Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs Releases Updated Tenant Notice About Eviction Moratorium

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs released the following notice on Oct. 28, 2020. With the issuance of Executive Orders 223 and 227, the Division of Housing (DOH) has updated the Landlords’ Model Notification of Eviction Prevention Orders to account for both protections under the CDC Eviction Moratorium and the new state protections under Executive Order 227. Please note a tenant...

Informational Bulletin for Property Managers – October 21 Eviction Moratorium

On Oct. 21, 2020, Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order preventing Colorado landlords from evicting tenants who can prove financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Rental property owners may tap into a state housing assistance fund to recover lost rent payments. In order to meet the financial hardship threshold, a renter must meet the following criteria: Is using best efforts to...

DORA Releases Updated Safer at Home Guidance for Real Estate

October 12, 2020 Update The Division of Real Estate continues to receive complaints concerning real estate brokers not following state and county-issued guidance regarding COVID-19 restrictions when performing real estate activities. Please be aware that many Orders are still in effect and you should be vigilant to stay in compliance of those Orders for the safety of yourself and others. On October...

Good News for PPP Borrowers

For NAR members who borrowed $50,000 or less through the Paycheck Protection Program, it is now easier to receive automatic loan forgiveness. These smaller loans now require less documentation and fewer calculations than the previous process. The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department announced the simplified process late last week. Many NAR members who took PPP loans will...