Eviction cases piling up amid Colorado’s housing crisis

Colorado Center on Law and Policy, which advocates for tenant rights, says the Denver metro area is in the midst of an eviction crisis.

News Story (Colorado)

Sally Mamdooh
KMGH (Denver, CO)
May 2, 2018

Tags: Housing: Eviction


Approximately 27 percent of all civil cases filed in Colorado in 2017 were evictions, which represents 45,000 cases. In Denver alone, there were more than 8,000 eviction cases last year. Arapahoe County saw the highest number of eviction cases, at nearly 10,000 in 2017.

But Jack Regenbogan, who is with the Colorado center on Law and Policy, says it’s not always a fair fight. Tenants are vastly underrepresented in eviction court cases.

Regenbogan says roughly 90 percent of landlords are represented by legal counsel during eviction proceedings, but only less than one percent of tenants have the equivalent legal assistance.