Denver Post Letter to Editor: Condo-building rules should protect homeowners, not developers

Denver Post Letter to Editor: Condo-building rules should protect homeowners, not developers

Condo-building rules should protect homeowners, not developers

Construction workers build new townhomes in the Belmar development in Lakewood in September. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

Re: “State must fix rules on Colorado condo construction,” Oct. 27 editorial.

As a victim of defective construction, I disagree with your editorial on changing condo-building rules. Passing laws allowing developers to avoid lawsuits for shoddy construction is an expensive nightmare for homeowners.

Developers already have an opportunity to “cure” defects — and many deny problems altogether or offer only Band-Aid solutions. It’s developers who write the condo declarations supervising homeowners’ process for seeking remedies, making it difficult to bring legal action by imposing unreasonable obstacles and homeowner-hostile arbitration rules.

Your point that “once a lawsuit is filed, homeowners often have trouble selling or refinancing” is well taken, but this problem exists at any point — lawsuit or not — under disclosure laws that require homeowners to reveal defects when selling or refinancing.

New transit-oriented development is a golden opportunity for metro Denver — but let’s not trample homeowner rights in the process. Legislators need to remember they represent more homeowners than developers.

Mary Lavia, Denver

Click to view the letter published in the Nov. 5 edition.


Jenny Davies-Schley

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