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.
On Wednesday, the state said it had approved 55,094 pandemic-related housing assistance payments worth $ 176.7 million, which helped prevent evictions. This federal money has helped about 140,000 people catch up, he said.
But around 15,000 requests, probably representing 38,000 people, have been denied help due to missing documents, non-compliance and other reasons, while thousands more are being processed. These denied requests offer a better way to see what might happen in terms of future deportation cases, Neumann said.
Hamrick continues to stress that the worst predicted eviction scenarios have not and will not materialize, nor will there be any Dickensian scenes of an upsurge in dislocations and homelessness over the holidays. .
It takes about three months for an eviction case to result in the removal of a tenant and, under normal circumstances, less than one in seven cases ends in the removal of a person from a house or apartment. an apartment by the police, he said. The lower volume of deposits in September means there will be a reduced number of tenants removed in December.