Construction Defect Lawsuits in Colorado Could Have Their Own Courts

Affordable housing measures being debated in Denver could result in construction defect lawsuits in Colorado being heard in their own specialty courts.

The move to create specialty courts to hear construction defect lawsuits in Colorado is just one of a series of measures being proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mark Scheffell and Senator Jesse Ulibarri to address the affordable housing crisis in the state.

The two Senators believe that channel which construction defect lawsuits in Colorado can “move through in a quicker, more sophisticated fashion” will reduce costs and help resolve some of the issues preventing the construction of more affordable housing.

The series of measures also includes extending the existing tax credit program to developers of affordable housing, creating tax-free savings accounts for first-time home buyers and allocating money from the unclaimed property fund to support an affordable housing program.

At this moment in time – with just a few weeks remaining in the legislative session – the Senators are not asking colleagues to vote on any specific course of action, but to support the creation of a study group to explore the viability of the measures headed by Colorado´s Chief Justice.

Senator Ulibarri told CBS Local Denver: “A legislative study group is a great way for us to put all of the research on the table, have a conversation in the light of day and not with different interest groups coming in and out of the conversation.”

However, not every member of the Senate is in favor of the speed at which the proposals are being fast-tracked through the Senate. Speaker of the House – Dickey Lee Hullinghorst – expressed her concerns to CBS Local reporters that action may be being taken too quickly.

Hullinghorst said: “Hurry up and do something that we don’t want to do I think is worse than doing nothing at all. This is an issue where we don’t want to rush into something that may disadvantage those people who otherwise wouldn’t have a voice in the process.”