Gov. Polis Issues Executive Order, Colorado Evictions Put On Hold
Just weeks after Gov. Jared Polis signed off on an order banning late fees for Colorado renters through the end of 2020, he has ordered another statewide moratorium banning residential and commercial evictions in an effort to expand on a federal moratorium issued in September.
According to the Greeley Tribune, the executive order that went into effect on Wednesday (Oct. 21) will allow tenants to declare protection from evictions if they are making less than $99,000 this year, have lost their ability to make full payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or are in jeopardy of being left homeless without eviction protections.
At the beginning of the pandemic, substantial amounts of coronavirus cases that led to restrictive stay-at-home orders caused the unemployment rate to jump to record highs. As a result, many were worried that the increase of people living in homeless shelters would cause the virus to spread faster and more aggressively.
Colorado enacted a moratorium on evictions this past spring, but those protections were only temporary and ended in June.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control put a national eviction ban into place in September, but some landlords have been able to force their tenants out of their homes if they neglected to respond to court summons.
The Governor's new executive order is set to expire after 30 days.