COLORADO SPRINGS — Those with the City of Colorado Springs said around 7,000 people were evicted from their homes in 2018 according to county records. City officials are hoping to lower that number, and bring greater housing stability to Colorado Springs. One way they are tackling it was through a series of informational sessions called Renter's Rights 101.
Dozens of people attended the last of these sessions for 2019 at the Sand Creek Library. The meetings are a collaboration between the City of Colorado Springs' Community Development Division, the Pikes Peak Library District, and Colorado Legal Services. A representative from the Community Development Division said they are "100% grant funded, and we are charged with improving low income communities," said Senior Analyst Catherine Duarte.
Duarte said a lot of people do not fully understand their rights when it comes to renting. "Knowing your rights and responsibilities can mean more money in your pocket, or more stability," said Duarte.
Duarte also said around 40% of residents in Colorado Springs are renters. "Renters do tend to have lower incomes, they have half the median household income that homeowner households have, so that makes them more vulnerable," said Duarte.
To see all of the information to help guide both renters and landlords before, during, and after a lease, visit this link.