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.
Free Eviction Legal Services
HOST provides funding for free legal services for low to moderate income individuals facing an eviction. Information on free legal services can be obtained from:
Foreclosure Information & Videos
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As of August 26th the eviction moratorium is no longer valid, but The Denver Department of Housing Stability (HOST) is here to help.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: