Housing Rights, Policy & Legislative Updates

Adams County Sheriff’s OfficeThe Sheriff's Office is currently refusing to serve eviction notices.
Executive order from Gov. Polis lets evictions continue but preserves some renter protectionsGov. Jared Polis has extended an executive order that requires that Colorado landlords must, for at least one more month, give tenants 30 days' notice before pursuing evictions
Attorney General's Statement"In this emergency, evicting any Coloradan from their home would exacerbate the public health and economic crisis we are fighting together. I applaud Governor Polis in leading state agencies and local governments in an effort to stop evictions during the crisis... Nobody should be without their home as we all grapple with this crisis."
CARES Act TextThe Senate and House of Representatives approved a $2 trillion emergency stimulus package, aiming to offer relief to Americans amid the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The sweeping legislation sends $1,200 checks to more than 150 million American households, offer $500 billion in bailouts for businesses (including airline companies) impacted by the crisis, issue $350 billion in loans to small businesses, expand unemployment benefits by $250 billion, provide $150 billion in direct aid to states and localities, and inject $130 billion into the nation's hospitals, among many other things. It is the largest economic rescue package in U.S. history.
The COVID-19 Eviction CrisisEviction moratoria protect most tenants in Colorado; there will be an eviction crisis when they expire. 
Federal Moratorium on Evictions and ForeclosuresThe Trump Administration has directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend evictions and foreclosures through April. The moratorium will apply only to homeowners with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, or back by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Additionally, there is a moratorium from evictions for renters of public housing units.

Multifamily Properties Subject to Federal Eviction Moratoriums
The CARES Act provides a temporary moratorium on evictions for most residents of federally subsidized apartments, including those supported by HUD, USDA or Treasury (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit developments) as well a moratorium on filings for evictions for renters in homes covered by federally-backed (FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac) mortgages for 120 days after enactment.

This searchable database and map allows some renters to identify if their home is covered by the CARES Act eviction moratoriums.

FHFA Moves to Provide Eviction Suspension Relief for Renters in Multifamily Properties: To keep renters in multifamily properties in their home and to support multifamily property owners during the coronavirus national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is announcing that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will offer multifamily property owners mortgage forbearance with the condition that they suspend all evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to the impact of coronavirus. The eviction suspensions are in place for the entire duration of time that a property owner remains in forbearance. The forbearance is available to all multifamily properties with an Enterprise-backed performing multifamily mortgage negatively affected by the coronavirus national emergency. 

Governor Polis' Rent Guidelines: Governor Jared Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 012 addressing evictions, foreclosures, including providing $3 million from the disaster emergency fund to Department of Housing to provide short-term rental and mortgage assistance to low-income households (<50% AMI) economically impacted by COVID-19. DOH is working with its non-profit, local government, and housing authority partners to stand up a program to get this assistance to low-income families and individuals across the state as quickly and efficiently as possible. Find more information and resources from the Department of Local Affairs.

Governor Polis requested that municipal and county governments refrain from using law enforcement to carry out evictions or foreclosures against Colorado families unless there is a threat to public safety. He also encouraged banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions holding residential or commercial mortgages to follow the lead of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and halt foreclosures and related evictions that are due to income reductions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Polis also requested that all property owners and landlords refrain from removing tenants or mobile homeowners without cause or as a result of late rent payment or minor tenancy violations through April 30, unless public safety requires it. He also asked that all property owners and landlords refrain from imposing a fee for the late payment or nonpayment of rent through the end of April.

Gov. Polis Update on Coronavirus Response EffortsAn executive order from the Governor that provides relief from evictions, foreclosures, and disconnection of utility services. This includes:

  • A call for creditors to align to support these efforts.
  • A call for creditors to issue a 90-day deferment on commercial loans, such as student loans, auto loans, etc.
  • A call on property owners and property managers to not remove residents or issue fees for making a late payment or no payment due to impacts from COVID-19 unless public health will be negatively impacted without their removal.
  • A call on local law enforcement to not enforce removals due to foreclosure or eviction unless public health will be negatively impacted without their removal.
  • An order for state law enforcement to not enforce removals due to foreclosure or eviction unless public health will be negatively impacted without their removal.
  • A call on public utility services to suspend utility disconnects during the COVID-19 crisis.
HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Suspend Foreclosures, Evictions During Outbreak: The federal government is taking steps to suspend foreclosures and evictions during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is suspending foreclosures and evictions for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration until the end of April, protecting 8.1 million households. The Federal Housing Finance Agency also ordered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for any single-family mortgages they back for at least 60 days.
Mortgage ForbearanceHomeowners who have lost income or their jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak are getting some relief. Depending on their situation, they should be eligible to have their mortgage payments reduced or suspended for up to 12 months.
Statewide Utilities' Measures Undertaken in Response to Gov. Polis' Executive OrderThis spreadsheet details the changes in operations that utility companies have undertaken, in light of COVID-19 and Governor Polis' Executive Order. Most companies listed here have suspended service disconnections for delayed or missed payments for the time being, and some have made even more changes regarding waiving late payment fees. To see if your utility company has made any changes, visit this link.

Renters' Rights and Resources

Colorado Judicial District Eviction ProtocolsWhen hearings are conducted for public safety matters, courts shall discourage in-person participation and encourage and accommodate telephone and/or video appearance for all participants. All other appearances, court trials, and/or hearings set from 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, through 5 p.m. Friday, May 1, are hereby VACATED and CONTINUED. All parties and counsel shall contact the appropriate court to reschedule. The courts may also initiate rescheduling.
Adams County Justice Center | 303.659.1161

This data may change so be sure to visit the link to ensure you have the most current information for the 17th Judicial District.

A Colorado Tenant's Guide to COVID-19: COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our state economy. Tens of thousands of Coloradoans have lost their jobs since early March with additional lay-offs and furloughs expected in the weeks and months ahead. The economic shutdown has caused many in our community to fall behind on bills and rent, generating considerable anxiety.

This guide is designed to help tenants navigate conversations with their landlords, respond to eviction proceedings, and seek out support in this challenging time. We are updating this document constantly, so please check back as the situation on the ground changes. Please note: this guide does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.

COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project: Lawyers can volunteer to support tenants facing eviction. Tenants who need eviction help can connect to supports.
The Problem with a Coronavirus Rent StrikeBecause of coronavirus, millions of tenants won’t be able to write rent checks. But calls for a rent holiday often ignore the longer-term economic effects.