Renting Rights, Responsibilities, & Eviction Info

In this section, you’ll find information about being a renter, including your rights, responsibilities, what landlords can consider, evictions, and more.

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

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

Statewide

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

Colorado Apartment Association–Renter’s Guide

Statewide

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

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless–Community Resources

Denver Metro

Denver

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 Legal Services–Help with Eviction & Landlord/Tenant Issues

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

Statewide

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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Colorado Poverty Law Project

Colorado Poverty Law Project

Statewide

Denver

Colorado Poverty Law Project helps low-income individuals with free legal services, housing navigation, and advocacy to fight evictions and housing injustice. Use the Get Help button on their website to request help. Their online intake form is available in English and Spanish, and they do not charge for their services. They do not take walk-ins or post their phone number, but they can conduct an intake by phone if requested.

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Community Economic Defense Project

Community Economic Defense Project

Statewide

The Community Economic 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. Click on Get Help.

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Denver Metro Fair Housing Center

Denver Metro Fair Housing Center

Statewide

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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Denver’s Temporary Rent & Utility Assistance Program

Denver’s Temporary Rent & Utility Assistance Program

Denver Metro

If you are a renter or homeowner in Denver and need assistance with paying rent and/or utilities, including Denver Water and Xcel Energy, you may be eligible for rent and utility assistance through Denver’s Temporary Rent & Utility Assistance Program.

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East Colfax Community Collective: Housing

East Colfax Community Collective: Housing

Denver Metro

Denver

East Colfax Community Collective (EC3) is a community-driven, multicultural, socio-economically diverse advocacy organization comprised of residents, local businesses and nonprofits, and allies. Their mission is to fight displacement and build collective power in our community to shape our own destiny. EC3 is a policy advocacy organization fighting displacement and building collective power in the East Colfax Corridor. They support renters in housing defense and navigating housing resources in the 80010 and 80220 zip codes, providing support in any language. Their monthly Renter's Legal Clinics (hosted every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-8:00pm at their offices) are held for renters to learn about their rights and meet receive free housing legal support. If you are facing eviction or interested in connecting to housing resources, contact: housing@eastcolfaxcc.org or call them.

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Eviction Guide from Colorado Newsline

Eviction Guide from Colorado Newsline

Statewide

Colorado Newsline publishes Guide: What You Need to Know About Evictions in Colorado Right Now. This guide was published on April 26, 2021. It will be updated as necessary to reflect changing eviction rules and protections

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Fix My Rental Colorado

Fix My Rental Colorado

FixMyRental.org can help renters and landlords resolve a rental issue. The website will help you learn about the law, send a letter to your landlord, and help you with next steps. Click on the link below to get started.

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Renters Avenue

Renters Avenue

Statewide

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. The focus of Renters Avenue is to help people with immediate needs and to assist those who are looking to enhance and achieve life goals.

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Residential Landlord Tenant Guide

Residential Landlord Tenant Guide

Denver Metro

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

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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The Justice Center

The Justice Center

The Justice Center provides educational videos about how to speak with a landlord. They have many other videos besides the one featured above. Click on the link below to see videos about security deposits, service animals, evictions, modifications, and more.

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