Denver advocates launch eviction RTC ballot initiative
03/12/2021, Legislation, Housing - Evictions
Advocates in Denver are seeking to pass a ballot initiative establishing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction. Check out their campaign website, and Westword covered the launch of the campaign.
A 2018 Denver study found that "In the few instances in which a renter had legal counsel, they usually prevailed in the eviction proceeding. Without representation, the dispossession rate was 43 percent in DHA cases and 68 percent in the sample of private housing cases." It also found that "the Denver Housing Authority filed one eviction over an alleged $4 of unpaid rent, and the median amount in dispute was only a bit higher than $200."
The NCCRC has worked with DSA Denver on the ballot initiative language and process.