Authored by Drew Hamrick, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs of Colorado Apartment Association
The most challenging legislative session for housing providers in Colorado history has now ended. This was the Year of The Crisis. The sheer number of anti-landlord bills, coupled with the erratic nature of the Governor’s executive orders and the uncertainty surrounding potential or actual eviction moratoriums at both the state and federal level impacted support, opposition, and talking points for all proposed housing legislation. Our industry’s unprecedented victories can be measured in the vast number of anti-housing provisions defeated, eliminated, and amended.
Nevertheless, the legislation that survived the battles still included flawed policies. A prudent housing provider should make operational changes to mitigate the impact of the new legislation. The following are summaries of the Apartment Association’s priority bills as well as bullet points (where applicable) on prudent Member action to adjust to those requirements.