COLORADO SPRINGS – Renters’ rights was the subject of a packed community forum Tuesday night at First Congregational Church. The “Renter Rights 101” workshop was a collaboration with the city’s Community Development Division, Colorado Legal Services, and the Pikes Peak Library District.
Renters and landlords were able to hear a presentation and ask questions related to a wide array of topics important to both parties, including lease basics, reasonable accommodations and modifications, Fair Housing Act protections, deposits, repairs, and eviction.
“Colorado Springs actually rates pretty high in evictions,” said Catherine Duarte with the Community Development Division. “According to 2016 data, we had about 8 evictions a day.” Duarte says 42 percent of all Colorado Springs residents are renters. “If we can prevent a lot of those through education, that’s a good thing,” Duarte said.
Another renters’ rights workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Solid Rock Family Life Center at 2520 Arlington Drive. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP via email, but space is limited.