October 28, 2016
BHGR attorneys, Peter Schaub, Patrick Haines, and Tasha Power spoke at a seminar in Fort Collins on October 26th. The program was hosted by Sterling Education Services and focused on “Landlord-Tenant Law: From Lease to Eviction.” The seminar was approved by the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal & Judicial Education as well as the Colorado Division of Real Estate and was open to many real estate industry members, including lawyers, brokers, property managers, leasing agents, and building owners and developers. Faculty members presented on topical issues within the real estate sphere including ethical concerns, collections, eviction, security deposits, formulating leases, assistance animals, abandoned property, and specific legal actions landlords are entitled to act upon.
Patrick Haines’ discussion highlighted “Evictions: When the Agreement Ends…For Better or Worse.” Mr. Haines discussed contractual and statutory causes of action to seek eviction, tenants’ rights and statutory defenses, the impact of local ordinances on eviction proceedings, and security deposit statutes and ordinances. Tasha Power concentrated her presentation on “Assistance Animals in Rental Housing.” More specifically, Ms. Power spoke to the differences in assistance animals under the Fair Housing Act versus service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition, she discussed recent Colorado legislation concerning service and assistance animals and clarified landlord obligations when presented with an assistance animal request. Peter Schaub centered his dialogue on “Ethical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Law” and explored topics including conflicts of interest, negotiations with a pro se tenant at court, and fee arrangements.
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