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Zornio: Colorado renters need better protections and more enforcement

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs has taken a blunt approach to defining its role in assisting renters with landlord troubles: On a mostly empty webpage, five words direct you to a non-government phone number with subsequent bold text that reads, “The Colorado Division of Housing does not enforce any housing codes nor mediate landlord/tenant […]

Posted inColoradans, Equity, Housing, News

Residents of a Steamboat Springs mobile home park that went without power for 60 days still await answers

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The summer without power finally came to an end after 60 days.  But residents of Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park say they’re still feeling the effects of spending the hottest and smokiest two months of the year without lights or air conditioning. Power was restored to every mobile home in the park […]

Posted inHousing, News

As some Colorado mobile home parks mull selling, resident co-ops seek to become their own landlords

When Colorado lawmakers recently turned their attention to mobile home parks for the first time in decades, one particular bill inspired some residents to start thinking big — beyond the chronic battles with park owners over rising rents and questionable evictions. A new provision in the Mobile Home Park Act, which went into effect in […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, Health, Politics and Government

Coloradans already struggling to afford housing say coronavirus has made their situation worse

Elizabeth Zacarias and her husband owned their own mobile home for 10 years, renting a slice of property in the Denver Meadows RV Park in Aurora. Amid a battle over whether the owner could close the park for redevelopment, rent went up periodically. In one year, rent increased three times, Zacarias said, in Spanish through […]

Posted inGrowth, News

Colorado’s settlement with mobile home park operator could provide path for other tenants seeking justice

A Utah-based mobile home park operator must repay metro-Denver-area residents nearly $150,000 in wrongly withheld security deposits, arbitrary fees and improperly charged attorneys fees as the result of a settlement reached with the Colorado attorney general’s office last week. The investigation signaled a warning to other park managers that abuses that have frequently been the […]

Posted inGrowth, News

Fearing economic uncertainty, residents seek to buy their Boulder County mobile-home park to avoid evictions

With rents rising precipitously, stoking fears of “economic eviction” within their long-established community, residents at the Sans Souci mobile home community in Boulder County sought to embrace a relatively new strategy in Colorado: Buy the park from its owner and run it themselves. A handful of other parks have done it, from Cañon City to […]