Healthy Residential Rentals for All


On Monday, May 3, 2021, Denver City Council passed the “Healthy Residential Rentals for All” legislation that requires all rental properties to obtain a license and inspection to ensure rental units are complying with Denver’s minimum housing standards. The new legislation is to prevent housing conditions that adversely affect the life, safety and general well-being of tenants. Read the full press release here(PDF, 155KB).

The residential rental license requirement is phased:

  • Starting Jan. 1, 2022, rental properties will be able to opt-in during this period to receive half off the application fee when getting their rental license with inspection.
  • Starting Jan 1. 2023, multi-family rental dwellings will be required to obtain a rental license with inspection.
  • Starting Jan. 1, 2024 single-family rental dwelling units will be required to obtain a rental license with inspection.

Learn more about the phases on the Excise and License website

The ordinance also adds additional renter protections starting Jan. 1, 2022 that include:

  • Renters have written leases for all new tenancies exceeding 30 days
  • Rental owners and operators provide notice of tenant’s rights and resources, and provide them again if any rent demand is posted.

The tenant resource brochure will be a city created and standardized to include how to make a complaint related to minimum housing standards, a statement regarding tenants’ legal rights when receiving a notice to vacate their premises, and how to locate rental assistance and legal service providers.

The rental inspection checklist will be created Summer 2021 to give ample time for property owners to review before the required phasing begins in January 2023 and 2024. There will be advisory group put together with city agencies, AAMD, DMAR, small rental property owners, housing inspectors and Historic Denver to help create a checklist based off Denver’s Chapter 27 Article 2 minimum housing standards to ensure it is truly reflective of our housing standards that affect life, safety, and well-being of the residents, and to minimize the unintended consequences.

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