McLachlan’s Affordable Housing Bill Advances

April 9, 2018

(April 9) – Rep. Barbara McLachlan’s bill to address one facet of Colorado’s affordable housing crisis debuted successfully today in the House Finance Committee. HB18-1315, which is also sponsored by Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, is part of the House Democrats’ affordable housing agenda. Under current law, purchasers of mobile homes must pay sales tax

Duran’s Affordable Housing Expansion Advances

March 19, 2018

(March 19) – A bipartisan bill to expand a tax credit to make housing more affordable for more Coloradans made a successful debut in the House today. SB18-007, sponsored in the House by Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, passed the House Finance Committee on a vote of 10-3. “This bill

Final Passage for Exum’s Renters’ Rights Bill

March 9, 2018

(March 9) – Rep. Tony Exum Sr.’s bill to protect renters from being cheated by unscrupulous landlords – and vice versa — completed its journey through the state legislature today. SB18-010 passed the House today on a 38-20 vote. The bill requires a landlord to provide a tenant with receipts whenever rent is paid with

House OKs Relief for Renters

February 22, 2018

(Feb. 22) – The House gave voice-vote approval this morning to a bill to limit out-of-control costs of application fees for prospective tenants. HB18-1127, sponsored by Reps. Dominique Jackson, D-Aurora, and Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, is part of the House Democrats’ affordable housing agenda. It limits the application fee a landlord may charge a prospective tenant

Relief for Renters Advances

February 13, 2018

(Feb. 12) – A bill to put the brakes on runaway fees for prospective tenants made a successful debut today in the House Finance Committee. Currently, there are no limits on what landlords can charge as a rental application fee and there are no safeguards to assure that the fee aligns with the actual cost

New Renter, Homeowner Protections Going Into Effect

August 8, 2017

(Aug. 8) — Two bills to help Coloradans deal with the housing crunch and stay in their homes go into effect on Wednesday. SB 17-245, sponsored by Rep. Dan Pabon, requires additional notice for month-to-month tenants if landlords decide to raise the rent or terminate their lease. Previously, only seven days’ notice was required; under

Guv Signs Construction Defects Accord

May 23, 2017

(May 23) – Closing a chapter that has bedeviled the Colorado legislature for years, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a fully bipartisan bill this afternoon that adjusts the threshold for lawsuits over construction defects. The new law, a signature achievement of the 2017 Colorado legislative session, was hammered together by Assistant Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver.

GOP Votes Against Families

April 28, 2017

(April 28) – Republicans on the Legislative Council this afternoon voted against collaborating to solve issues relating to affordable housing, affordable healthcare, utility rates and child welfare. “It’s shocking to me that in a time when Colorado families are facing higher housing costs and challenges affording health care, Republicans have voted lockstep to shut down

Fighting for Homes Coloradans Can Afford

April 28, 2017

(April 28) – The House gave approval to three bills today that address access to affordable housing and protections for Colorado renters and buyers. HB17-1309, sponsored by Reps. Faith Winter and Dominique Jackson, creates a sustainable source of funding to be administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to create and rehabilitate more housing

Dem Housing Bills Pass First Test

April 27, 2017

(April 26) – The House Local Government approved three bills this afternoon that address access to affordable housing and protections for Colorado renters and buyers. HB17-1309, sponsored by Reps. Faith Winter and Dominique Jackson, creates a sustainable source of funding to be administered by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority to create and rehabilitate more

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