Eviction is when the tenant is court-ordered to leave the property. Only a sheriff may enforce this court order, and landlords can never evict without a court order and a sheriff. Note: In Denver, deputy sheriffs conduct the evictions. This type of legal action is called a Forcible Entry and Detainer (FED).
Landlords cannot legally deny tenants access to the property, change the locks, or remove the tenant’s possessions without a court order.
Denver Tenant Rights and Resources
On May 3, 2021, the Denver City Council passed a new ordinance requiring a Residential Rental Property license for any person to offer, provide, or operate a residential rental property in the City and County of Denver. The ordinance also adds additional renter protections. Beginning January 1, 2022, owners and operators of residential rental property (also known as “landlords”) may not allow any person to initiate a new occupancy of a rental property for more than 30 days unless and until the tenant has been provided a copy of an executed written lease, signed by both the landlord and tenant. The landlord must provide the tenant an electronic copy of the signed lease, or paper copy if requested by the tenant, within seven days from the tenant signing the lease. When providing a copy of the executed written lease and at any time the landlord makes any rent demand, the landlord must provide the most current version of a tenant rights and resources notice, which can be found in English and Spanish on the Department of Excise and Licenses’ Residential Rental Property License webpage.
Free Eviction Legal Services
HOST provides funding for free legal services for low to moderate income households (at or below 80% of the area median income) facing an eviction. Information on free legal services can be obtained from:
Foreclosure Information & Videos
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, through its Division of Housing-Office of Housing Recovery has launched the Colorado Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMAP). EMAP will provide financial assistance on behalf of income-eligible households experiencing a financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 health crisis, by disbursing funds directly to the homeownership loan lender/servicer, land contract holder, manufactured/mobile home lender, and/or other housing provider as appropriate.
The EMAP application portal is now open (Please note you are leaving the Denvergov website). For additional questions please email: dola_haf_client_support @state.co.us.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has information and videos regarding help for homeowners. If you've had trouble making mortgage payments because of a COVID-19 related hardship, CFPB has information on entering, extending, and exiting forbearance programs. For more information, visit CFPB’s Help for Homeowners page.
The Office of the Denver Clerk and Recorder, the Office of Financial Empowerment & Protection, the Denver Housing Authority and other community partners will host a series of virtual townhalls for Denver homeowners. For more information, visit the Clerk and Recorder pages here.
CDC Eviction Moratorium Update
On August 26th the United States Supreme Court overturned the Biden Administration’s Eviction Moratorium. The limited moratorium was originally scheduled to end in October, and applied to all residents in U.S. counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of SARS-CoV-2 as defined by the CDC, which was inclusive of Denver County.
As of August 26th the eviction moratorium is no longer valid, but The Denver Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is here to help. You’re not alone and it’s not your fault. We have eviction legal assistance, as well as rent and utility assistance available. You may be eligible for up to 15 months of rent assistance. You can apply by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ tab on this page or call 1-844-926-6632 with questions. Immigration status and landlord participation are NOT required.
To learn more about how to handle an eviction or foreclosure, download the resources below: