Housing updates related to COVID-19

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May 2020 Housing Update

Executive Order on Evictions & Late Fees

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on Coloradans and Colorado businesses. A large number of businesses have drastically reduced their workforce or taken steps to furlough their employees as cost-cutting measures in an effort to help save their businesses. On April 26, 2020 Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 044 replacing the previous stay-at-home order with a statewide safer-at-home order. The new order takes steps towards reopening our economy while still protecting public health by allowing many of our citizens to transition back to work as we continue to practice a sustainable level of social distancing.

On April 30, 2020 Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 051 which expires thirty (30) days from April 30, 2020, unless extended further by Executive Order, and amends and extends his previous orders pertaining to evictions and foreclosures by: 

  • Prohibiting residential and commercial evictions for 30 days for Coloradans that have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19; 

  • Prohibiting late fees or penalties for nonpayment of rent for Coloradans that have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19;

  • Requiring landlords of “covered housing” under the federal CARES Act to notify residents of their federal protections against eviction and foreclosures. The Department of Local Affairs' Division of Housing has developed a model form letter available here.

Read Executive Order D 2020 051


Model Repayment Agreement

Executive Order D 2020 051 does not relieve individuals from their obligation to make mortgage payments or rent payments.

Executive Order D 2020 051 directs the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), and Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to work with property owners and landlords to create model repayment agreements that allow tenants additional time to repay rent.

Landlords and tenants may use DOLA’s Model Repayment Agreement to mutually agree on a plan for repaying outstanding rent or other contractual amounts in the future.

Model Repayment Agreement

Frequently Asked Questions for Tenants & Landlords

The Division of Housing is fielding questions from both tenants and landlords regarding evictions, foreclosures, late fees and more. Common questions include:

  • Can I be evicted if I don’t pay my rent?

  • Do I owe rent for April and May?

  • What should I do if I can’t pay my mortgage?

Click below to see updated answers to these and many more FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions for Landlords and Tenants