Landlords across Colorado have filed 287 eviction cases since the governor banned them from being processed

Denver District court has received six filings.

Signs calling for a rent strike, seen in Capitol Hill. April 1, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Signs calling for a rent strike, seen in Capitol Hill. April 1, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Donna Bryson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Landlords have been able to file for evictions since April 30, when Colorado’s governor issued a statewide ban, but they have not been able to get them processed.

In all, 287 eviction cases were filed in state courts across Colorado between April 30 and Thursday, when an effort by state lawmakers to extend the eviction moratorium failed. It’s still unclear whether Gov. Jared Polis will extend his statewide ban set to expire Saturday. A Denver evictions ban imposed by Mayor Michael Hancock has no end date.

According to the figures compiled by the Colorado Judicial Department, Pueblo County had by far the most filings, with 66. That was double the figure for Weld County, which had the second-highest number of filings. Denver District court’s six filings were more in line with most of the state’s 64 counties.

The figures do not include Denver County Court cases, as that court is separate from the state judicial system.

In Denver, Hancock imposed his own eviction moratorium before the governor acted, saying in March that Denver sheriffs deputies would be redeployed away from evictions indefinitely. Erika Martinez, a city spokeswoman, reiterated recently that Denver’s order was in place indefinitely.

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