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COVID-19 Information for Colorado

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws, and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place

Effective Monday, April 27, 2020, Colorado’s Safer-at-Home order encourages individuals to remain at home while certain non-essential retail businesses will resume operations with restrictions.

Effective Monday, May 4, 2020, non-essential office workplaces will resume operation while adhering to proper social distancing protocol.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Governor Polis extended the State’s disaster emergency until Sunday, June 21, 2020 and the Safer at Home Order to Monday, June 1, 2020.

As of Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Governor Polis officially transitioned the State to a new phase in the response to the pandemic. Executive Order D 2020 91, also known as Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors, sets the stage for lifting numerous occupancy restrictions placed upon businesses and authorizes the Colorado Department of Health (“CDPHE”) to issue a Public Health Order implementing the Order by Thursday, June 4, 2020. The Order focuses on re-opening the economy, while maintaining social distancing. It remains in effect until Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

State of Emergency

Governor Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on March 10.

Eviction

Executive Order D 2020 051

  • Action: On April 30, 2020, Governor Polis amended previous Executive Orders 2020 012 and 2020 031, by establishing a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions until June 13, 2020.
  • Description: A housing provider may not file for eviction or have an individual removed from their unit through a writ of restitution or possession judgement. Exceptions are made for circumstances where a resident “poses an imminent and serious threat to another individual or causes significant damage to property.” Further, the order directs the Executive Directors of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), and Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to work with property owners and operators to create model repayment agreements that allow tenants additional time to repay rent.
  • COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.
  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.
  • Late Fees: Prohibited.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

In Executive Order D 2020 012, Governor Polis ordered $3 million from the Disaster Emergency Fund to be made available to the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to provide short-term rental and mortgage assistance to low-income households facing COVID-19 related hardship. Funds will be available for six months. DOLA was directed to work with Statewide partners to implement the distribution of this assistance.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Colorado Code § 38-12-301.

Price-Gouging Law

Colorado does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Breckenridge

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

The town of Breckenridge is providing $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief, aiming to aid affected small businesses as well as individuals. Half a million is being given to the Family & Intercultural Resource Center for its COVID-19 advocacy program, and $1 million will go toward supporting small businesses in Breckenridge. Both initiatives target rent payment issues. 

Money from the town distributed through the nonprofit resource center will be used specifically to provide rental assistance to people who work in Breckenridge and have been furloughed. Those who are assisted through the program do not need to live in Breckenridge — or even Summit County — but they must have worked in Breckenridge and been furloughed as a result of the countywide shutdown. 

The program, which rolls out March 30, 2020, will provide rent relief as well as guidance for accessing other resources and assistance, such as help applying for unemployment and other government programs. In order to receive assistance through the COVID-19 advocacy program, individuals must call the resource center at 970-262-3888 and participate in a needs assessment that will evaluate the individual’s financial situation. 

Denver

Eviction 

Sheriff Enforcement

The Denver Sheriff Department has temporarily redeployed sheriff deputies away from evictions to other areas of need within the department.

Eagle County 

Shelter in Place

Effective Monday, April 27, 2020, Eagle County will set forth a protocol to begin lifting restrictions of previous health orders, while updating limitations on social distancing, gatherings, and the businesses and facilities that may remain open to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This protocol will remain in effect until Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Garfield County

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

On April 6, 2020, Garfield County commissioners voted unanimously to approve a transfer of $500,000 of emergency funds to the Department of Human Services for Garfield County’s Emergency General Assistance program, which can cover rent, utilities, transportation, food and some personal needs.

To be eligible for the general assistance payments, a person must be a resident of Garfield County and have a household income of less than $75,000. A person may be eligible for up to $1,500 in rent assistance, depending on where he or she lives in the county, since Carbondale and Glenwood Springs have higher rent prices, on average.

A household could be eligible to receive a maximum of $3,000 from the county’s program.

Human Services also requires information about the applicant’s available savings before making payouts of emergency assistance.

The applicant must also have a legal presence in the U.S. to be receiving payouts from the county’s taxpayer-supported program.

San Miguel County

Shelter in  Place

Effective Saturday, May 2, 2020, San Miguel County will set forth a protocol to begin lifting restrictions of previous health orders while updating limitations on social distancing, gatherings, and the businesses and facilities that may remain open to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This protocol will remain in effect until Sunday, May 31, 2020.