Colorado’s eviction requests last month stood at two-thirds of the level seen in September 2019, despite the end of a federal eviction moratorium in August, giving landlords more leeway over non-rent tenants, according to Colorado Apartment. … Association.
The state registered 2,498 eviction requests in September, which is 66.3% of the number filed in September 2019. It was the first full month since the US Supreme Court ruled that the Centers for Disease Control’s eviction moratorium was unconstitutional.
“Rentals have remained high and stable, and eviction lawsuits have been abnormally low throughout the pandemic,” said Drew Hamrick, general counsel and senior vice president of government at the apartment association. “The number of (evictions) in Colorado remains well below pre-pandemic levels.”
Eviction applications in September increased from 2,283 in August, the highest number since January, when 2,672 cases were filed. But that volume is far from what some tenant advocacy groups have predicted based on data from a household survey conducted by the US Census Bureau.
Of Colorado households that responded in the second half of September, 46.4% reported delaying housing payments and worried about an eviction or foreclosure in the next two months. The answer, however, had a margin of error of 19%.
“Eviction statements are the ultimate measure of rents and home insecurity and, as such, are not the most reliable source of data for determining who is in debt or not in debt to their landlord and, as such, is at risk of being evicted,” said Zach Neumann … lawyer who founded the COVID-19 eviction defense project in Colorado.
As of Wednesday, the state reported the approval of 55,094 in housing benefits in connection with the pandemic, worth $ 176.7 million, which helped prevent evictions. That federal money has helped some 140,000 people catch up, he said.
But about 15,000 applications, representing probably 38,000 people, have been denied assistance due to lack of documents, inconsistency and other reasons, and thousands more are in progress. These rejected applications offer a better way to look at what might happen in terms of future eviction applications, Neumann said.
Hamrick continues to stress that predicted worst-case eviction scenarios have not materialized and will not materialize, and there will be no Dickensian scenes of displacement and homelessness ahead of the holidays.
It takes about three months for an eviction application to lead to the eviction of a tenant, and that in normal times, less than one in seven documents filed ended up with law enforcement actually evicting someone from a house or apartment, he said. The lower volume of applications in September means that the number of rented tenants will decrease in December.