The CLLC is strategizing an Opposition Campaign for SB21-173
The Senate amended SB21-173, but there is still plenty of opportunity for those improvements to be changed during the remainder of the legislative process. It is the position of the CLLC that continuing to try and work through this broad piece of legislation is too risky and that it is time to mount an opposition campaign.
Please tell the members of the Business Affairs and Labor Committee to Vote No on SB21-173. Since we are targeting only the Business Affairs and Labor Committee only constituents of the Legislators in that committee will be able to send emails to their legislators through the Call To Action link below. If you can send a CTA through the below link it will only go to your Legislator.
We are encouraging everyone to email all of the Legislators in the Committee. You can do this by copying and pasting the following emails into the “To” box of your email:
Next, you can copy and paste the below message that we have prepared for you to send to the Legislators. Please include your personal views as well. We want our Legislators to hear how SB21-173 will negatively each and every one of you.
The Colorado Landlord Legislative Coalition strongly opposes SB21-173. The Senate amended SB 21-173, but there is still plenty of opportunity for those improvements to be changed during the remainder of the process. This is a very broad piece of legislation, removing the balance between tenants and owners.
Among other issues, it removes the ability to charge reasonable late fees with unrealistically low caps, and timeframes. It places the burden of supporting indigent tenants on the shoulders of the Landlord. It prohibits contractually agreed to reasonable lease break fees (liquidated damages) and thus diminishes flexibility for both Tenants and Landlords and it established punitive damages to Landlords that are not consistent with actual losses.
SB21-173 removes many of the protections for property owners in Colorado’s landlord-tenant laws. This is an extremely difficult time for Colorado’s rental community with numerous eviction moratoriums, which are in effect at the Federal level and in Colorado. Housing providers are already taking enormous steps to work with their tenants during this pandemic and feel as though they are being taken advantage of. Many have expressed that they are on the brink of giving up and selling their rental properties.
With two other major pieces of rental-related legislation (HB 21-1121 and HB 21-1117), and an eviction moratorium bill yet to be introduced, the legislature is risking the future of Colorado’s rental industry and affordable housing market by crushing the rental markets from the cumulative impact of these bills and Executive Orders.
On behalf of Colorado’s rental owners and the many people and families we serve, we would ask that you please vote to maintain some level of balance in Colorado’s legal structure by voting against SB 21-173.