Colorado governor bans late fees for renters until 2021

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DENVER  | Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has announced an executive order banning late fees for renters in the state through the end of the year.

His office also vowed in the same announcement Thursday that a statewide eviction moratorium would come soon in a separate order.

The governor’s order came after the Special Eviction Prevention Task Force released a 17-page report which recommended short- and long-term solutions to the state’s housing crisis spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. The order accounts for some of the task force’s short-term recommendations, the Denver Post reported.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ordered a nationwide eviction moratorium six weeks ago that meant Polis did not need to reinstitute his statewide moratorium, which he allowed to expire. The task force had unanimously recommended to the governor that landlords be mandated to inform tenants of their rights under the federal order, which Polis accepted.