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Updates for Colorado Landlords Regarding the Protected Status of Tenants: Are You Aware of These Two New Bills?


  • Changes in Protected Status
  • What falls under the definition of "Source of Income"?
  • The CROWN Act, what is it and does it apply to me?

BILL HB20-1332

In 2020, a change was made for Colorado landlords regarding what was previously known as Section 8 Housing. Section 8 Housing, now more accurately referred to as Government Subsidized Housing, cannot be used as a reason to deny tenant applications. 

  • The bill introducing this change (HB20-1332) establishes a tenant’s source of income as a protected status. Well known protected statuses are race, religion, number of children, etc. For more information on protected status, follow this link, You cannot legally discriminate against any of these things. Added to this list now is source of income. 

IN THE PAST: If a tenant’s source of income was displeasing or in the landlord’s eyes inadequate, it could legally be used as a reason for denial of a tenant’s application.

NOW, UNDER HB20-1332: No source of income may be used as a reason to deny tenant applications, including Government Subsidized Housing (previously known as Section 8) as well as payment received on a tenant’s behalf.

** Definition of source of income = any source of money directly, indirectly, or on behalf of a person; includes any income from any lawful profession or from any government or private assistance, grant, or loan program.

Exemptions for HB20-1332

Individual landlords managing their own property with 3 or fewer units.

Landlords with 5 or fewer units are exempt for single family units.

This bill was effective starting January 1, 2021. Grace Property Management has been implementing this change from that date, so clients who work with us have been in compliance since the beginning of the year. 

BILL HB20-1048

  • Another bill to be aware of, passed this last year, is the CROWN Act of 2020 (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair). This bill can be found under the title HB20-1048.

  • This bill relates to racial discrimination and prevents landlords from denying tenants based on hair type or style. The bill adds type of hair to the list of protected statuses. 

As always, if you have any questions in regards to these changes or anything else related to the role of landlord, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

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