Denver landlords tried to evict nearly 8,000 households last year. The success rate largely depended on one factor: attorneys

About 1 percent of Denver renters hire a lawyer when facing eviction.

News Story (Colorado)

Jennifer Brown
Denver Post
September 13, 2017

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.