Colorado Governor Polis Takes Further Action on Housing Stability

DENVER  CO (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis today signed an Executive Order implementing the remaining recommendations from the Special Eviction Prevention Task Force.  The Governor convened the Task Force in August to examine housing instability challenges due to COVID-19.

“This Executive Order amends and extends Executive Order D 223, reaffirming and clarifying the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s national eviction moratorium and protecting residential and commercial tenants at risk for eviction who were economically harmed by COVID-19.  We must take additional steps to provide relief to Colorado renters and small businesses,” the Governor’s Executive Order reads.

Governor Polis has taken bold action to keep people housed during this global pandemic.  Prior to signing an Executive Order allocating available CARES Act funds to the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to supplement the funding provided by HB20-1410 for housing assistance to support those who have been economically impacted by COVID-19, the Governor also previously implemented the Task Force recommendation requiring landlords to provide notice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) moratorium and a declaration form with any demand for rent and before initiating an eviction, in addition to a list of tenant resources.

Last week, Governor Polis signed an Executive Order D 2020 223 which included recommendations of the task force:

Continuation of the CDC notice requirement, including in Spanish with DOLA’s notice template.

Suspension of the assessment and accumulation of late fees and interest until December 31, 2020.

Continuation of the 30-day extended period to cure for both commercial and residential evictions.

Directs the Executive Director of DOLA to continue working with landlords to implement the model rent repayment agreements created by DOLA to assist individuals who are unable to pay rent because they have been impacted by financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Encourages municipalities to remove limits on the number of unrelated persons who can live in a single household and on the number of days that hotel rooms may be occupied.

The Task Force report can be found here.  The Governor has committed to keeping these Executive Orders in place until December 31, 2020.

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