As a result of COVID-19, many renters are worried they can’t pay rent.
“Mayor Michael Hancock has made it clear where he stands on evictions in Denver. During his March 16 press conference announcing the end of on-site restaurant and bar service, Hancock said that “now is not the time to be evicting people from their housing.” As a result, sheriff’s deputies assigned to this duty have been redeployed “to other areas of need.”
“And during a March 20 press conference where he announced that he’d approved alcohol delivery by licensed restaurants in Colorado, Governor Jared Polis also pointed out that the federal government has put in place a sixty-day suspension of foreclosures and evictions for those with loans overseen by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Polis encouraged all lenders at the state level and the private sector to follow suit, and called on landlords to refrain from evictions or associated penalties at present.”
“Balch Lyng encourages renters to “keep the lines of communication open. If you feel you’re at risk as a renter or a resident of not being able to pay your rent because of a layoff or, God forbid, an illness, the important thing to do is talk to your manager or your housing provider early. While we’re recommending things to housing providers, we’re also recommending that renters who are in that situation talk to their landlord or housing provider, because they may be able to put them in touch with resources” like the ones from the Colorado Housing Financial Assistance Programs and the Apartment Association of Metro Denver.”
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