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Gov. Jared Polis issues statewide eviction moratorium

Libby Stanford
Summit Daily
Colorado Governor Jared Polis, front, and Jill Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, leave after a news conference Oct. 20, 2020, in Denver.
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order issuing a statewide eviction moratorium Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The order prohibits landlords from evicting individuals or businesses who are suffering from “financial hardship due to COVID-19.” Tenants can demonstrate financial hardship by completing and submitting a form to the Department of Labor Affairs.

According to the executive order, tenants qualify under the eviction moratorium if they can prove the following:

  • They used their best efforts to obtain government assistance for rent and housing
  • They expect to make no more than $99,000 in 2020, were not required to report income in their 2019 taxes or received a stimulus check through the CARES Act
  • They are unable to pay full rent or make a housing payment because of substantial loss of household income, loss of hours at work or wages, a lay-off or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • They are using their best efforts to make timely partial payments that are close to the full payment
  • The would likely be homeless or forced to move into and live in close quarters in a shared living situation if evicted.