Polis extends Colorado’s eviction protections ahead of federal moratorium ending

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Posted at 6:41 PM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 21:44:10-04

One day before a federal eviction moratorium expired, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis extended state protections, ensuring that tenants who are applying for rental assistance cannot be evicted for at least 30 days after the moratorium ends Saturday.

Under an executive order that takes effect Aug. 1 — basically as soon as the federal moratorium expires — landlords must provide tenants with 30 days of notice before evicting them for not paying rent. During those 30 days, tenants can stop the eviction by showing they are awaiting money from a rental assistance fund.

“The demand for this state and federal aid has been immense, and these programs need time to provide aid to tenants,” the executive order states. “This directive provides assistance to Colorado residential tenants at risk for eviction while state and federal funds are distributed.”

Polis had been mum this week ahead of Saturday’s expiration, even after a bipartisan group of mayors urged him to extend state protections. In his absence, two housing providers along East Colfax Avenue announced Thursday that they will not evict tenants applying for assistance.

Read the full story in The Denver Post.