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El Paso County to resume apartment evictions on Jan. 26; but Biden’s proposed stimulus could extend moratorium into fall

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A local landlord attorney and an El Paso County court magistrate confirmed Friday that the county will soon return to holding eviction hearings that have been suspended during most of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, attorneys for landlords and property managers began filing requests for hearings and the first is scheduled for Jan. 26 -- five days before a moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent mandated by the Centers for Disease Control, expires.

However, that date will be moot if Congress passes a proposed stimulus package from President-elect Joe Biden, extending the moratorium through the end of September.

"I think he will extend it fairly soon after his inauguration next week," said Magistrate Andrea Paprzycki, who oversees eviction hearings in the 4th Judicial District. "But even if that happens, we can still have eviction hearings for other reasons -- such as if a lease has expired, or if someone has violated their lease. I think we're going to see a lot of those."

The hearings will be held virtually because the courthouse remains closed for the pandemic.

Attorney Ken Davidson said that most evictions normally are for non-payment of rent, and that many landlords have gone nearly a year without receiving a considerable number of rent payments.

"I've done maybe 15 or 20 (evictions) during the pandemic but maybe not even that many," he said. "A normal number is probably about 50 to 60 a month. And 90% of those are usually for failure to pay rent. That's a lot of money that landlords aren't getting."

Davidson said that while most landlords cooperate with tenants on rent payments, and while most tenants make an honest effort to pay, some tenants don't -- and evicting them is difficult in the current climate.

"The situation really affects people who rent out houses or duplexes, smaller units," he said. "Owners of larger complexes aren't affected that much because they're better able to bear losses. But many of the smaller landlords are barely hanging on. People think that all landlords have plenty of money, but that's not the case. We'll just have to see if the moratorium is extended, and deal with it at that point. I think it's a bad thing, if it happens."

Davidson also raised questions about state and federal money that was supposed to be allocated to help tenants pay their rent.

"I don't know how effective that was," he said. "The feedback I was receiving from my clients is that they weren't getting any money."

Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.

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  1. The greedy land owners can take a break they should have plenty of money, they been ripping us off for years.

    1. Freeloader. You must be so proud of yourself for standing up to those who provide homes for millions like you.

    2. And what about the small landlords renting out one or two homes or apartments to provide themselves with retirement income? I can’t argue with the fact that many landlords do rip off their tenants, but there are also many who do not, and they’re the ones who are probably suffering most right now.

  2. Time and time again we see that history repeats itself. Most us learned that throwing money at something doesn’t fix it. Look at the education system. The teachers in Pueblo went on strike and shut down the schools because they wanted more money. Did it help? Of course not. Want to fix the unemployment? Open the country back up.

    Has anyone read Biden’s stimulus bill? It is filled with enough pork to to feed a small country for years. Career Politian’s are scum…on both sides. They are hiding all the money going to their special interest groups in a bill that is supposed to help American’s. How many future generations will have to pay for the mistakes career Politian’s make today?

    1. Perhaps you don’t understand what “pork barrel” projects are. I can’t find a single one in what I’ve read of Biden’s proposal. Perhaps you can point out what you consider to be pork? Or are you just blowing steam without any evidence again?

    2. In case you still don’t understand, pork-barrel politics is the legislator’s practice of slipping funding for a local project into a budget. The project may have nothing to do with the bill and may benefit only the legislator’s home district.
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      So if you’re so smart, where is the pork in Biden’s proposal?

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