While this may not seem such a big deal to many of our readers, – read: nonlawyers -, HOA lawyers have a very difficult practice. Not only is it important to be well versed in the major areas of the practice, such as Real Estate, Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act, Corporation and Non-Profit Corporate Acts, Contracts, Litigation, especially Collections, but also knowledgeable in other areas to seek expert advice to make sure the client receives the best and most accurate information. Examples include laws regarding fair housing, employment, bankruptcy, taxes and other esoteric areas.
With all the new laws being passed directly involving HOA’s (see Mark Payne’s most recent posting) and those affecting HOAs indirectly, it is important to be aware of situations that may have impact how we attorneys offer advice.
Last year Congress passed Public Law 111-22, Title VII –Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, effective May 20, 2009. The law was passed to protect bona fide tenants against immediate evictions by the successor in interest of “any foreclosure on a federally-related mortgage or loan or on any dwelling or residential real property after the date of the enactment [May 20, 2009]…” The law appears to focus on public trustee foreclosures on mortgages covered under federal law. But, because of the inclusion of “…or on any dwelling or residential property after the date of enactment…,” I would interpret the intent of “or” to include all foreclosures on dwellings and residential real property with or without it being a “federally-related mortgage,” – including HOA lien foreclosures as well.