Fair Housing and Renters Rights

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Upcoming Workshops

  • April 19, 2022 Fair Housing Rights
  • May 17, 2022 Health & Safety Issues; Habitability & Code Enforcement
  • August 9, 2022 Know your Lease
  • November 15, 2022 Renter Rights 101

Learn more about upcoming workshops

Resources

Fair Housing

This brochure linked to below is designed to provide general information to the residents of the Pikes Peak Region about fair housing laws and practices and related landlord/tenant issues. It is divided into three sections.

  1. Explanation of the Fair Housing Act.
  2. Landlord/Tenant Information which provides information for both landlords and tenants regarding the rights and responsibilities of both parties.
  3. The Community Resources section contains a directory of useful local, state, and federal agencies.

While the information in the brochure is provided to help individuals avoid or resolve conflicts in the area of housing, the information contained herein is not, and cannot substitute for legal advice about a specific problem that you may be encountering. For a legal opinion concerning a specific problem that you may be having, please consult an attorney.

Download the Brochures

You may request a printed copy of the brochure from the Community Development Division.

Renter Rights

The Community Development Division is charged with preserving affordable housing, preventing homelessness, and improving struggling neighborhoods. By providing practical resources for renters, we help achieve these goals. Ensuring renters and landlords know their rights and responsibilities helps prevent unjust evictions, and keep people housed. 

In collaboration with community partners such as Colorado Legal Services, Pikes Peak Library District and The Justice Center, the Division provides workshops and materials to educate the public on renter rights.

Renter Rights 101, Health & Safety Issues; Habitability & Code Enforcement Tuesday, May 17, 2022

 

Renter Rights 101, August 24, 2021

To view video captions in many languages click CC (Subtitles/ closed captions) at bottom right, click the gear image (settings) , then click Subtitles/CC, then click auto-translate, select your language.

On August 26, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidated the federal eviction moratorium. Emergency housing resources can be found here: https://coloradosprings.gov/communitydevelopment/page/emergency-housing-...

Call a Lawyer

People with legal questions can get free legal advice over the phone. For more information visit The Justice Center's Call A Lawyer page.

Background

Since 2017 the City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division has collaborated with community partners to present this information to educate residents on renting basics to promote housing stability and reduce evictions. In addition to the City's partnering organizations Colorado Legal Services, Pikes Peak Library District, The Justice Center and Colorado Housing Connects, these sessions are made possible by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the Colorado Springs city limits. The Community Development Division also uses its CDBG funds to provide Fair Housing educational opportunities to the community, as part of its efforts to affirmatively further fair housing.

Colorado Legal Services is a non-profit organization helping low-income individuals and seniors in Colorado. The workshops will offer general information for tenants and cannot provide specific legal advice. Low-income residents or senior citizens facing a housing issue can contact Colorado Legal Services at (719) 471-0380 for legal assistance. 

The Pikes Peak Library District provides an extensive list of legal resources for residents searching for forms, databases and legal help. All residents can access this by visiting Research.ppld.org/Law or by calling (719) 531-6333 ext. 6058.

The Justice Center works in the Pikes Peak region to decrease the gap in access to justice and legal services. They provide free legal clinics, connect applicants to free and reduced cost attorneys, and participate in community access-to-justice events. Residents can access their programs by visiting JusticeCentercos.org.

Close to Home 

Fair Housing Storytelling

In 2019, the City gathered stories from residents at an event called Close to Home using first-person interviews. 

Read about that project and hear the stories here: https://www.cpr.org/2019/07/16/discrimination-rising-costs-stories-of-struggling-to-find-housing-in-colorado-springs/

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