Eviction Moratorium Expires

Published on August 03, 2021

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The federal freeze on most evictions enacted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) last year expired on Saturday, July 31, one month after President Biden's administration extended the original date. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has extended state protections by issuing an executive order that took effect Aug. 1. This order states that landlords must provide tenants with 30 days of notice before evicting them for not paying rent. During those 30 days, tenants can stop the eviction by showing they are awaiting money from a rental assistance fund. Rather than evicting tenants who are behind in their payments, landlords are urged to seek emergency rental assistance on behalf of their tenants.

The Governor’s order only protects from evictions due to nonpayment of rent, not evictions for other reasons, like a breach of lease. Renters will still need to pay back any missed rent payments.

In 2020, City Council allocated $205,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. Of that amount, over $160,000 remains unspent and available. The reason for this significant remaining fund balance is likely at least partially due to their being a large number of other entities also offering rent/mortgage assistance, such as the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and nonprofits like Catholic Charities. The City’s rental assistance program, administered by Arapahoe County, provides up to 3 months of assistance and has helped 51 Centennial residents in 21 households.

Residents needing assistance can get more information at arapahoegov.com/1662/Rent-and-Mortgage-Assistance. In addition to the City and County’s programs, a variety of additional housing and rental assistance resources can be found at centennialco.gov/homeassistance.

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