About 1 percent of Denver renters hire a lawyer when facing eviction.
News Story (Colorado)
September 13, 2017
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Tags: Housing: Eviction
Organizations mentioned/involved: Colorado Center on Law and Policy
In Denver County eviction court, landlords have an attorney about 90 percent of the time. Tenants, on the other hand, are represented by counsel about 1 percent of the time, according to new research by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, which reviewed 93,000 eviction filings from 2001 through last year.
When a renter had a lawyer, they usually won their case and got to stay in their home. When they didn’t, they were evicted 68 percent of the time in private housing cases over the past three years and 43 percent of the time from public housing, according to “Facing Eviction Alone,” a report published Wednesday.