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No increase in eviction requests in Colorado despite end of federal moratorium – The Denver Post


Eviction requests in Colorado last month reached two-thirds of the level seen in September 2019, despite the end of a federal moratorium on evictions in August that gave homeowners more leeway to take action against tenants in arrears with rent, according to the Colorado Apartment. Association.

The state registered 2,498 deportation requests in September, or 66.3% of the number filed in September 2019. It was the first full month since the United States Supreme Court declared a moratorium on human rights unconstitutional. evictions by the Centers for Disease Control.

“Rent payments have remained strong and stable, and eviction lawsuits have been unusually low throughout the pandemic,” said Drew Hamrick, general counsel and senior vice president of government affairs at the apartments association, in a press release. “Colorado’s (evictions) number remains well below pre-pandemic levels.”

Deportation requests in September were up from 2,283 filed in August and the highest number since January, when 2,672 cases were filed. But the volume is nowhere near what some tenant advocacy groups have predicted based on what the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey was capturing.

Among Colorado households responding in the second half of September, 46.4% said they were behind on housing payments and feared an eviction or foreclosure in the next two months. The answer, however, had a 19% margin of error.

“Eviction requests are a leading indicator of rental debt and housing insecurity and, as such, are not the most reliable source of data on who is in debt or not to their landlord and, as such, risk of deportation, ”said Zach Neumann, an attorney who founded the Colorado COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project.