Colorado’s only statewide housing helpline, Colorado Housing Connects (1-844-926-6632), is further advancing its mission of preventing evictions by now offering free tenant-landlord mediation to Adams County residents.
Through a partnership with Adams County formed in 2021, Colorado Housing Connects launched the tenant-landlord mediation program for the purpose of creating housing stability in the county. Colorado Housing Connects employees trained mediators to facilitate high-quality, no-cost mediation services to mitigate landlord-tenant disputes in Adams County. The goal of the program is to divert parties away from court-sanctioned eviction proceedings and to work toward mutually agreed alternatives between renters and landlords like rental assistance, payment plans, lease compliance, and more.
Mediation can help protect housing for struggling Adams County residents and is confidential. Among those who can benefit from the tenant-landlord mediation program include those who are concerned about paying rent, residents who are worried that rental assistance won’t come soon enough and those who are experiencing lease disputes or violations.
State data shows 2,445 eviction cases have been filed in Adams County in 2022 as of May 31.
“Far too often, we hear from tenants and landlords at their wit’s end. The relationship has eroded, and communication is strained,” said Colorado Housing Connects Program Director Patrick Noonan. “This can lead to eviction, other litigation, or lease non-renewal. Mediation is an opportunity for both parties to come to the table and work out an agreement that spares landlords avoidable costs and tenants an eviction. A tenant-landlord mediator can cut out the emotion and support a solution driven discussion.”
Outside of Adams County, Colorado Housing Connects offers tenant-landlord mediation services to Denver residents. The Denver tenant-landlord mediation program serves for all manner of housing disputes, including maintenance issues, lease disputes, security deposit disagreements, and more.
Housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment operates Colorado Housing Connects in partnership with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Colorado Housing Connects works to encourage long-term sustainable housing solutions to renters by informing Coloradans about the eviction process and their rights and by connecting residents to local rental assistance resources and legal referrals.
Those who are interested in Colorado Housing Connects’ tenant-landlord mediation services can learn more information about the programs by dialing 1-844-926-6632 or by submitting a web inquiry at coloradohousingconnects.org.