• BARHA is connecting those impacted by the Marshall Fire with providers who have available housing. Click here to list your property or view the list.

  • With members that represent more than 14,000 rental properties, we provide a voice for the rental housing industry in Boulder.

  • BARHA supports Boulder landlords providing education, information, advocacy and connections

  • BARHA is the premier advocate and information source for residential rental property owners, managers and related business service professionals.

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Education Is Key!

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Helping landlords succeed through
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The Boulder Area Rental Housing Association (BARHA) is committed to the needs and success of our community. We serve property owners and service professionals by providing resources, education, legal advocacy, local updates, networking opportunities and so much more.

TESTIMONIALS

  • "BARHA has been a great way to meet and develop relationships and at the same time, find out what is going on in our community. I find out more info at these meetings than is available at any other source." 18 Units Owner
  • "As a longtime member of the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association, I know that I am a better Realtor and was a better property manager because of BARHA. The tools that BARHA provides to its membership includes updates from the local cities, police, CU Boulder, ballot initiatives that directly affect your investment on the state, federal and local levels, education, lease agreements and needed attachments. BARHA's membership includes a network of Vendors who are valuable in addressing the many day to day needs a property may require. BARHA's monthly meetings, vendor trade show and afternoon socials are all a place to network with other property owners, vendors, Realtors, bankers, insurance agents and its Board of Directors. I highly recommend that any residential investor in the cities of Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont, Niwot and Boulder County's surrounding areas become a member of the Boulder Area Rental Housing Association." Margaret Flaherty - Realtor, GRI, CRS - WK Real Estate
  • "I'm an enthusiastic member of BARHA because it's easier to be a Landlord in Boulder when I have the resources of BARHA at my disposal. I also know that advocacy with the City of Boulder and the State can only be accomplished by a large group of landlords; no single one of us can have any impact but together we can and do."
  • "As an out of city owner, my BARHA newsletter has been an invaluable resource to keep me abreast of events, new laws, hot topics, etc. in the City. Just keeping up with the new laws alone is a problem when you don’t live in the City. I have no doubt that what I’ve learned from BARHA has kept me and my properties out of trouble!" 8 Units Owner
  • "BARHA is the most valuable organization Landlords and Agents have in the Boulder area. The representation it has afforded my company has saved thousands of dollars in legal fees alone!" 48 Units Owner - Property Management Company in Boulder County
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    If you’re looking for a great organization of owners and managers of residential rental properties, or if you want to provide goods and services to our industry, then BARHA is the perfect fit for you!

     

    News

    City of Boulder: Heating Costs Are Rising This Winter. Here’s How to Keep Your Bill Affordable

    This winter, residential energy bills could rise as much as 54% over last year.

    According to data from the Colorado Office of the Utility Consumer Advocate, Xcel Energy bills for the average household are projected to be about $177 in December, up from $115 last year.

    The city has compiled a few easy steps you can take to make your home more efficient.

    Why are costs going up?

    According to Xcel Energy, several factors are driving the cost of energy up. Behind the bigger bills are higher energy costs nationally, the war in Ukraine and natural gas supply challenges.  

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    Compost Changes

    Compost Changes

    A1 Organics, one of the only processors in the region that accepts food waste for composting, has put waste haulers throughout the Front Range on notice that the compostables stream coming from both residents and businesses has reached unsustainable contamination levels and must be cleaned up in order for it to continue to be accepted for composting. Beginning next month, contaminated loads are subject to rejection and landfilling. In order to produce clean, quality compost, organic waste is held to an extremely low contamination threshold. One plastic bag can contaminate an entire load of material. Sorting compostables is a very straightforward. Click here for Compost Guidelines Click here for Letter From Western Disposal about changes Click Here for info on ways to eliminate contamination from compost WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ELIMINATE CONTAMINATION? (from A1 Organics) Simplify your waste stream Simplify your waste stream by using only reusable or compostable items. For in-house dining, it is best to use reusable dishes, cups, and utensils. If you are using approved compostable products, make sure that all of your serving containers, dishes, utensils, cups, and containers are CMA Certified & BPI Certified compostable. All containers then can go in the organics recycling container. Assess all items available Assess all of the items in common areas and break rooms for staff and make sure they are reusable or compostable. As much as possible, eliminate things like non-compostable plastic utensils, plastic straws, stir sticks, packaged condiments, and individual coffee creamers. Offer things like cream and sugar in bulk or in refillable containers. Simplify what or where you collect it If you continue to notice contamination issues, consider simplifying what you collect or where you collect it. Food is the most valuable material to collect for organics recycling, so you could switch to collecting food waste only in situations where you have contamination issues. You could also stop collecting organics in challenging areas, like public facing areas. Make sorting & regular training mandatory Make regular training on waste sorting mandatory. Offer regular training to cleaning and janitorial staff on how to properly sort waste and use the correct dumpster or compactor for each waste stream. Offer training when on boarding new staff, and require current staff to be trained twice per year. Place clearly labeled bins together Place bins for recycling, trash, and organics recycling together. Make sure bins are labeled, that labels are placed properly so they are visible to the users, with additional signage hung on the walls. Make it simple. Control access to organics containers Depending on the location of your organics containers, consider controlling access to prevent unwanted dumping. Lock the containers or have smaller capacity containers with individual representatives responsible for the auditing and dumping of specific container. Have Staff Separators Provide a staff member to do department audits and provide in-the-moment separation for the customer. This is a next level service for the customer and an in person opportunity to educate the guest.

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    Longmont City Council Considering Utility Rate Changes

    Longmont City Council Considering Utility Rate Changes

    The Longmont City Council is considering an update to Longmont’s electric and wastewater rates. City Staff presented an introduction to updated Electric & Wastewater Rate Studies in June 2022. The rate analysis process included determining revenue requirements and performing a cost of-service analysis for both the electric and wastewater funds. Staff noted that for electric, a change in the cost of power provided by Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) and increased operating expenses have necessitated a recalculation of customer rates to ensure that the City is adequately funding the utility to continue to provide excellent service to the community. The electric utility is recommending an average 2.3% rate increase for 2023, in addition to the 4% rate increase previously adopted on October 26, 2021. For the wastewater utility, the primary cost drivers for a proposed increase in rates are federal and state environmental mandates, aging infrastructure, and rising costs of operations and maintenance. The wastewater utility plans to propose a 3-year rate schedule beginning in 2023. To see the full staff report click here. A first reading of the new rates will be considered by the Longmont City Council on Nov.15, 2022 with a final vote expected to come in December.

    Rebates and Savings Options

    The community also has options available for assistance, including:

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    Advocacy

    BARHA advocates for local property owners

    What Our Membership Is Saying

    • “Wow! I had no idea what a resource this is. Thank you!”
    • “As a landlord and rental property owner I’ve learned that BARHA membership is priceless.”
    • “Thank you for stepping up and communicating and supporting all of us.”
    • “As always you are a rock star leader and I appreciate your attention to detail and willingness to help.”
    • “Thanks for these thoughtful, proactive steps to help us all.”
    • “Thanks for always doing an excellent job. With all of the uncertainty of the virus consequences, I’m sure this info will be very helpful to provide a cooperative and understanding message to residents. This will also continue to encourage the City & County to recognize that BARHA is an important & viable positive factor in our community.”