Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday announced an executive order banning late fees for Colorado renters through the end of the year, and his office vowed that a statewide eviction moratorium is forthcoming in a separate order.
The governor’s executive order follows the release of a 17-page report by the Special Eviction Prevention Task Force, which met during the late summer and fall. Polis created the task force to address the housing instability crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
That group made a slew of recommendations, both short and long term. The changes detailed in the new executive order show Polis adopting some of the short-term recommendations.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ordered a nationwide eviction moratorium six weeks ago that applies to nearly all renters, taking pressure off of Polis to consider reinstituting a statewide moratorium he had allowed to lapse. The task force unanimously recommended that landlords be required to inform tenants of their rights under the order, and Polis weeks ago accepted that recommendation.
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