A Mountain Community Perspective on Manager Licensing
The past week has been a busy news week for HOAs in Colorado. The trend continues with a column about community association manager licensing in today's edition of the Snowmass Sun. Columnist Barbara Lucks describes how the role of community association managers is different from that of other property managers as she makes the case in support of manager licensing.
Do you think Ms. Lucks presents good arguments in favor of manager licensing?
By March 2nd, we will know whether Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) agrees with Ms. Lucks. We will report on DORA's findings as soon as the information is available. Check www.cohoalaw.com -- or subscribe to our email notifications -- to receive timely updates on this topic and other issues affecting HOAs in Colorado.
The experience of our HOA has been significantly different. We are a mountain community with over 25 miles of roads (mostly unpaved) on over 2000 acres of steep terrain. For many years our manager was a "road guy" who could operate the road equipment and supervise a two man road crew, as well as do most of the Management duties with assistance of a part time office person. We elected a Board that decided to replace the Manager and office person with a "professional" management company with certifications, etc. It was a disaster of epic proportions. This company was anything but professional, tried to impose cookie-cutter, classroom solutions to issues, institute fines, etc. They were hard to reach, condescending to HOA members, heavy-handed, had no clue about the issues facing our community, and, in fact, violated CIOAA on numerous occasions. It ended with a legal battle, the entire Board being recalled, and a return to having a "hands-on" manager and an office admin person, which continues to work well. It cost the HOA a fortune.
Licensing is completely unnecessary. If there are associations that want credentialed managers, let them do their homework and figure out what credentials that they need or want. Imposing this on all associations simply doesn't make sense. This is just another example of intrusion via credentialing.