COVID-19 And Residential Rentals
Important Update on Evictions:
Boulder County Courts will not hear any eviction cases until after May 31, 2020. This includes residential and business evictions.
What happens if a tenant is unable to pay rent due to a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Tenants who are unexpectedly unemployed – both W-2 workers and non W-2 workers - may be eligible for unemployment benefits or may be able to get other financial help, depending on qualifications. Property owners should check with their mortgage lender to see if their mortgage payments are suspended.
Housing providers will not be able to evict tenants for any reason, even for nonpayment of rent, until after May 31, 2020. Communicate early and often to discuss the financial realities and discuss an arrangement workable for both the housing provider and the tenant. Some options may include a payment plan, temporary rent reduction (if possible), early termination of the lease without penalty, substitute services for rent, or other creative solutions. Document any agreement in writing and ensure that all parties sign (electronic signature acceptable). Be sure to discuss ad include a contingency plan in case the original agreement can’t be kept.
Longmont Mediation Services, 303-774-4384 (Susan Spaulding) and 303-651-8721 (Adriana Perea) can also offer mediation to help housing providers and tenants communicate with each other and find solutions to their situation. This service is for those who live or work within the City of Longmont. At this time, Longmont Mediation Services is not able to offer in-person mediations. If applicable mediations will take place by conference call.
What if a tenant has left town, abandoning the property?
The tenant remains responsible for rent until the property is re-rented or until the lease has expired unless the housing provider and the tenant have agreed upon a different arrangement. A housing provider, however, must make a reasonable effort to re-rent the property. It is important to check the lease to see who is responsible for re-renting the unit, and what criteria should be used to approve prospective new tenants.
What if I need legal help?
Attorney guidance for low-income Boulder County residents is available through Boulder County Legal Services, 303-449-7575. Appointments are by phone only at this time. A list of private attorneys is available on the Boulder County Bar Association website.
For the latest City COVID-19 updates, visit the City of Longmont's new page.
Click here for information about support for landlords and tenants during this time. This page will be updated when new resources become available, so please check back periodically.
Boulder County - Click here for Resources for Those Affected by COVID-19.
Physical Distancing Guidelines for Landlords
We understand that the Stay-At-Home order and physical distancing guidelines issued by Governor Polis can be difficult to navigate for those who own or manage multi-family units where multiple families are accustomed to gathering together in common areas. Please keep the following guidelines in mind when promoting physical distancing:
- Resident and staff should maintain a 6’ distance away from each other at all times
- Residents SHOULD NOT be gathering together in common spaces or other residents’ apartments
- If you are sick, stay in your home. DO NOT convene in common areas
- Wash your hands, especially after touching objects in common areas
To help reinforce this message, we’ve provided some informational posters, in both English and Spanish, to help encourage compliance.
Landlord - Tenant Matters
The office of Community and Neighborhood Resources (CNR) offers help answering questions regarding:
- Lease termination
- Security deposits
- Housing discrimination
- Disputes, differences or conflicts with neighbors, tenants, landlords or property management
Tenants have legal rights. However at times tenants are not knowledgeable about these rights and how to legally protect these rights. The same can be said about landlords, as they have legal rights and may not be as knowledgeable as they should. Most landlord/tenant problems can be solved by communicating between the landlord and tenant. When a solution cannot be worked out, our office offers Longmont residents mediation, or you may wish to consult an attorney for legal advice or counsel.
Important Housing Law Update
House Bill 19-1118 – Time Period To Cure Lease Violation - Signed into Act: May 2019
Summary: the bill amends the current law to require a landlord to provide a tenant 10 days to cure a violation for unpaid rent or any other condition or covenant of a lease, other than a substantial violation, before a landlord can initiate eviction proceedings.
If the last day of the time period to cure a lease violation is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday the period is extended to include the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday
The following is a link to the Colorado General Assembly website to review HB19-1118 that can provide a summary of the bill and the final text of the bill. For more information please visit: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1118