Renting 101

Know your rights and responsibilities as a renter. The resources below can help.

Landlords may not consider an arrest record from ANY TIME. Landlords may also not consider any conviction that occurred more than 5 years before the date of the application EXCEPT for convictions and deferred judgments involving methamphetamine, the requirement to register as a sex offender, and any offense classified as homicide or stalking.

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A Landlord’s Use of Credit Record, Rental History, & Criminal Record

Get the facts! See House Bill 2019-1106

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In 2019 Colorado passed a law concerning application fees for prospective tenants. We link directly to the legislation for the bill (HB19-1106) so you can get the facts yourself. This new law made it illegal for a landlord to charge a prospective tenant a fee for an application that is more than the actual amount it costs the landlord to conduct the service. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES LANGUAGE ABOUT CRIMINAL RECORDS, CREDIT HISTORIES, AND RENTAL HISTORIES! Landlords may not consider any rental or credit history beyond 7 years immediately preceding the date of an application. Landlords may also not consider an arrest record from any time, AND may not consider ANY conviction that occurred more than 5 years before the date of the application EXCEPT for convictions and deferred judgments involving methamphetamine, the requirement to register as a sex offender, and any offense classified as homicide or stalking.

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Colorado Apartment Association–Renter’s Guide

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Colorado Apartment Association provides The Colorado Renter's Guide, which include information for renters. Click on Rights and Responsibilities to learn about Colorado's Warranty of Habitability Act of 2008 which gives you legal protection if the place you rent becomes uninhabitable or hazardous.

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Colorado Coalition for the Homeless–Community Resources

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Colorado Coalition for the Homeless provides Get Help, a section on their website where you can get help applying for housing. Click on the website link to go to a page where you can get started applying for housing for families, adults without children, adults with mental illness, afforadable housing, and other housing options in the Denver metro area.

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Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

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Tenants who have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19 may be eligible for rental assistance from their county or the State. The Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can help cover rent as far back as April 2020. Help can include past due, current, and two additional months of rent up to a maximum of 15 months of assistance. The landlord or the tenant can start the application process, but receiving assistance requires documentation from both the tenant and the landlord.

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Colorado Legal Services–Help with Eviction & Landlord/Tenant Issues

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Colorado Legal Services is a nonprofit that provides information and help with civil matters to low and moderate income people in Colorado. They have 13 locations across the state. Click on their website to see the topics, including Housing, which includes landlord/tenant issues and eviction. Scroll down the home page for information about eligibility and office locations.

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COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project

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The COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project was founded in March of 2020 to respond to urgent questions about housing. They work to pair volunteer lawyers with tenants who need advice or legal representation, provide tenants with guidance on how to navigate challenging situations, and evaluate the potential impact of the emerging housing crisis. To get help, click on the website's link titled "Talk to a Lawyer." You will need to fill out a brief online form. Click on the pdf link below for an update on tenants' rights for Colorado.

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Denver Metro Fair Housing Center

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The Denver Metro Fair Housing Center (DMFHC) is a nonprofit that works on the issue of housing discrimination based on protected class status (race, national origin, disability, gender, religion, and familial status).

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Renters Avenue

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Renters Avenue provides information and access to hundreds of community resources in one location. From matters regarding housing to the legalities of being a renter.

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Residential Landlord Tenant Guide

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Denver

The Residential Landlord Tenant Guide helps Denver area renters understand their rights as a renter. The guide includes information for youth, aging adults, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.

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Tenants’ Rights in Colorado

COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project released a summary of tenants' rights as of Oct. 1, 2021. Click on the pdf below for their document.

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