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Colorado Springs landlord accountability ordinance goes into effect

Posted: 2:55 PM, Apr 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-23 16:55:18-04

Starting Monday, an ordinance designed to improve living conditions for renters in Colorado Springs goes into effect.

The Quality Housing Accountability Act went into effect Monday. It fines landlords more than $500 if the city determines more than five violations in a year. The ordinance would be enforced by the city’s neighborhood services division.

Real Estate Agent Terra Smith said she thinks it benefits renter and could be a positive developments for landlords in the long run.

"It would be better for them as landlords to have less angry tenants or aggravated tenants," Smith said.

The City of Colorado Springs said nearly half of the complaints of code violations in 2017 stemmed from eight property owners in Colorado Springs, but it received numerous complaints from tenants affected by poor conditions at prior city council meetings.