NoCo Housing Now, the housing affordability advocacy group created by FCBR, held a forum on November 14 to discuss construction defects reform with members of the Colorado General Assembly. Although all legislators from Larimer and Weld Counties were invited, only three attended: Representatives Perry Buck (Windsor/Larimer County) and JoAnn Ginal (Fort Collins) and Senator John Kefalas (Fort Collins).
NoCo Housing Now had selected construction defects reform as one of its top issues and the forum was intended to educate legislators on the need for reform as well as answer questions. Most of the audience was made up of REALTORS®, builders and NoCo Housing Now members who support reform. Although not invited, members of a group called Build Our Homes Right (BOHR), also attended. BOHR is a group that advocates for homeowner rights and opposes construction defects reform. http://www.buildourhomesright.com Unfortunately, one of its members made statements that are not factual, saying for example, that the intent of reform is to deny home owners the right to sue for damages, which is entirely untrue.
NoCo Housing Now plans to advocate for construction defects reform during the upcoming legislative session and will continue to educate the Northern Colorado delegation regarding the need for reform and various avenues for addressing it.