DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver City Council is expected to start a new discussion on Monday evening on how to stabilize rent and create a registry.
“We updated this,” said Linsdey Benton, pointing to a decade-old house in an interview with CBS4.
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Benton owns four properties near the Clayton neighborhood. One of them is their main residence. As a landlady, she was closely monitoring the news from the council meetings.
“So that we have how many rents we have in our city, that they meet basic housing standards, that they meet our zone codes,” Benton said.
Stacie Gilmore held virtual community meetings to introduce health home rental guidelines to all. Her office told CBS4, “Everyone who rents in Denver deserves the protection that their housing meets the city’s minimum housing standards and is safe. This rental license ensures this and also provides data and contact information so that we can better support the tenants with additional resources. We purposely kept fees very low, and the benefits of this program for tenant rights far outweigh the cost of the program. “
Part of the program would require a landlord to obtain a license and an inspection is part of that.
“There are places that are not healthy and that cannot be repaired,” Gilmore said.
Creating the program alone would cost the city over $ 400,000. Gilmore is for licensing.
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“The problem is the third party inspection that the city wants to put over all landlords and how it disproportionately affects landlords,” added Benton.
Larger complexes have different set fees and a set number of inspections. Benton, a smaller landlord, should have every property inspected.
“I think programs already exist with fair living and with HUD,” said Benton.
And now Benton is also concerned about a new resident being urged by No Eviction Without Representation to launch an election initiative that guarantees an annual tax of $ 75 to raise $ 12 million for displaced tenants to land their landlords to be able to use.
A NEWR spokesperson told us, “From 2010 to 2019, Denver had an average of 9,000 evictions per year. The scope of the evictions in Denver far exceeds the limited resources of the various nonprofits currently providing free legal advice to tenants affected by evictions. According to Facing Eviction Alone, a study of evictions in Denver between 2014 and 2016, only 2 percent of tenants at risk of eviction were represented by an attorney, while landlords represented 100 percent of those cases. Studies show that tenants who have legal representation are much more likely to stay in. Denverites who became unemployed during the pandemic have not received rental contracts – we cannot afford to go back to the old status quo for evictions and see thousands of our neighbors displaced. “
Benton has launched her own petition to seek answers from the city council, particularly about the third party inspection and the cost to taxpayers to keep the program going.
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There would be a few exceptions under the new healthy rental proposal, including government housing and nonprofits.