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New state law works to keep homeowners associations in check

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Green Valley Ranch
Kevin J. Beaty
Green Valley Ranch in northeast Denver.

For years, homeowners associations in Colorado had the power to pursue liens and foreclosures against homeowners over unpaid fines, but last year a very public fight in a far Northeast Denver neighborhood helped change that. This was after the HOA in the Green Valley Ranch community was accused of being predatory in its practices. racking up fines against homeowners.

In fact, a year ago this month, our news partner Denverite reported that the Green Valley Ranch Master HOA had voted to foreclose on the homes of 60 residents. It also brought more homeowners to court in 2021 than it had in the entire decade prior. That very public fight resulted in legislation that now protects the rights of homeowners in HOA-led communities statewide.

Green Valley Ranch
Courtesy Joyce Akhahenda
Green Valley Ranch resident Joyce Akhahenda nearly lost her home of more than 15 years after racking up fines from the Green Valley Ranch Master HOA.

Joyce Akhahenda is a homeowner in Green Valley Ranch who fought her HOA from foreclosing on her home. Stacie Gilmore represents District 11 on the Denver City Council. A note, Gilmore is up for re-election in her district, but is running unopposed.

We also want to note that the attorneys office that the Green Valley Ranch Master HOA directed us to, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.