A proposed state law would protect rule-abiding tenants from being forced out of their rentals and into the brutal housing market.
Opinion: A ballot measure that won’t help renters, but lawyers are sure to love
The Denver proposal would force landlords to fund lawyers for tenants in case of eviction. Rents will go up as a result.
Time is running out on Colorado’s rent assistance program
Thousands of Colorado households — and their landlords — benefited from the $690 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance. The state’s application portal closes Nov. 15.
Financial help for renters during COVID slashed Colorado evictions by nearly 60%, new study finds
The analysis by two nonprofits analyzed 150,000 eviction filings and found stark disparities for those without legal representation
Colorado’s pandemic housing-assistance program now open to non-pandemic applicants
State and local resources have provided housing aid to many victims of the devastating Marshall fire in Boulder County. But another barely touched pot of money comes from an unlikely source: federal COVID relief funds. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which pays up to 15 months of rent for those experiencing pandemic income loss, has […]
Demand for pandemic rental assistance in Colorado jumped 33% in November
A program that covers rent for struggling Coloradans saw a 33% increase in applicants in November compared with the average of prior months, and reasons for that include a more efficient system for processing and awareness that help is available. The Emergency Rental Assistance program, which launched in March, hit a program high of 4,700 […]
Armed guards helped evict residents from an East Colfax motel in violation of tenant laws, suit claims
Marlis Sneed lived in a dilapidated apartment for nearly five years at the Summit View Inn, an extended stay motel on East Colfax Avenue in Aurora where tenants paid rent daily or weekly. Wires hung from her ceiling and protruded from outlets in the wall. Sneed’s mattress was ripped and her walls were cracked with […]
Colorado’s COVID rent-assistance program may have paid up to $4.4 million in error, audit finds
A popular COVID-19 rental assistance program mistakenly paid out at least $625,000 and perhaps as much as $4.4 million, the Colorado Office of the State Auditor said in a report released Monday. The state Division of Housing used the Property Owner Preservation program to make rent payments to landlords whose tenants had lost jobs or […]
A Colorado clinic’s prescription for healthier patients? Lawyers.
By Jakob Rodgers, Kaiser Health News COMMERCE CITY — In her 19 years of living with cerebral palsy, scoliosis and other ailments, Cynthia Enriquez De Santiago has endured about 60 surgeries and her heart has flatlined at least four times. But the most unusual doctor’s referral of her life came last year: Go see an attorney. […]
Colorado’s COVID rent-assistance program is now paying out five times more following changes
A struggling renter’s last hope is now the Emergency Rental Assistance Program following last week’s abrupt end to the national eviction moratorium. A renter can receive up to 15 months of unpaid back and future rent through ERAP, thanks to two rounds of federal relief packages. But six months after launching, Colorado’s program had paid […]