Commerce City Implements Construction Defect Ordinance

Commerce City became the latest Denver-metro city to approve an ordinance altering the way the state’s construction defects law works within city limits. The ordinance gives builders the right to repair defects within certain time constraints and places new requirements on homeowners’ consent before a construction-defects suit can be brought. The ordinance was unanimously approved and applies to new construction within the City as of August 1.

“As the state’s fourth-fastest growing community, having a variety of housing options within the city is critical to meeting our vision of a quality community for a lifetime,” said Mayor Sean Ford in a news release. “Commerce City has not approved a new condominium or multi-family project since 2008. I am hopeful that our action this evening will spur new conversations with our industry partners to meet the needs of our diverse 51,762 residents.”

Commerce City is the latest of several metro-area cities to pass such legislation. Lone Tree and Lakewood have both passed similar measures. Aurora is in the process of adopting a similar ordinance and Denver is considering it as well. In our area, REALTORS are encouraging Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins to adopt local legislation.

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