Legislation Bans HOA Limits on Political Flags & Signage

Before the current session of the Colorado General Assembly ends this Saturday, it will send to the Governor a bill which bars HOAs from limiting the display of partisan flags and signs.

The bill’s prime sponsors are Rep. Lisa Cutter of Jefferson County and Sen. Robert Rodriguez of Denver, both Democrats.

The title of the bill is “Homeowners’ Association Regulation of Flags and Signs” with the subtitle “Concerning additional protections for homeowners’ freedom of expression in common interest communities.”

Sounds like a good idea, right? Who is (or dares to be) against freedom of expression? It has attracted 11 other representatives and 5 other senators as sponsors.

However, let’s consider the unintended (or perhaps intended) consequences of this law. Basically the bill only allows content-neutral regulation of signs and flags, prohibiting only commercial messages.

Considering the political divide in our country and the extremism on each side of it, do we really want to allow unfettered display in our communities of right-wing and left-wing signs and flags?

I can live with the fact that a neighbor might be a QAnon follower, but I don’t want his lawn festooned with conspiracy messages or even Trump 2024 flags and signs without any limitation on their number or duration of display.

Currently it is common for an HOA to bar flags or signs of a political nature unless they are for a particular candidate or ballot measure and to limit their display to 45 days prior to an election and a short period afterwards. The effect of HB21-1310 would be to bar HOAs from enforcing any such limitation on the display of any political message at all, even if the membership voted for such a limitation.

If this bill becomes law, look for signs cropping up in your neighborhood for “Stop the Steal” or “Black Lives Matter” or “White Power” or even hate speech that’s reduced to a slogan. Do we need that much freedom of expression right under our noses every, day year round?

This can only serve to rile up divisions among neighbors who were heretofore happily ignorant of each other’s political beliefs. I can picture neighbors removing or destroying signs and flags they disagree with. These actions will be caught on cameras leading to criminal complaints and sometimes violence.  Do we really want to go in this direction?

Homeowners and renters are entitled to the quiet enjoyment of their premises. Unleashing this “freedom of expression” through flags and signs will only work against that principle.

I hope Governor Polis vetoes this bill when it gets to his desk.

Golden Real Estate Welcomes New Broker Associate, Tyler Scrable

Tyler Scrable has joined Golden Real Estate as a broker associate. Ty (as he likes to be called) has been a licensed broker for 7 years. Within that time, he has gained extensive experience in the property management business. He also is well versed with fix-and-flip projects.

Ty and his wife live in the 12th Street Historic District of Downtown Golden. They welcomed their first child in March. He got to know us when we donated a Black Lives Matter banner to Golden United. Ty is a co-chair of the Golden Anti-Racism Collective and his group led a community effort to hang the banner under the Welcome Arch in downtown Golden.

After much community discussion, the council decided to hang a Golden specific banner that reads “Golden Stands with Black Lives” for sixty days (not all consecutive).

Like his fellow agents at Golden Real Estate, Ty will specialize in residential real estate, but is open to helping renters and landlords. If the right opportunity presents itself, he may open a property management division under our name and license. In a previous management position, Ty oversaw 240 units in 12 buildings in Downtown Denver.

My broker associates and I welcome Ty to the Golden Real Estate team. You can reach him anytime at 720-281-6783 or at Ty@GoldenRealEstate.com.