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Free eviction clinic to be offered in Alamosa

By: - August 10, 2021 1:07 pm
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Alamosa County, which includes the San Luis Valley, outside Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is pictured in this May 2016 photo. (Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division/CC0 1.0)

The Access to Justice Committee of Colorado’s 12th Judicial District, which encompasses Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties, is hosting a free clinic on Aug. 26 to discuss the eviction process in Colorado.

The clinic will include a presentation on the legal process landlords must follow when filing an eviction followed by a panel discussion from attorneys, judges, court personnel and law enforcement representatives, according to a Colorado Judicial Department press release.

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The clinic will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Alamosa Seventh-Day Adventist Church, at 315 Craft Drive in Alamosa. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited and people interested in attending must register by Aug. 19.

Federal health officials announced on Aug. 3 a new, narrower moratorium on evictions through Oct. 3, which will protect struggling renters in areas of the U.S. that are seeing rising COVID-19 infection rates.

The new order protects renters behind on their payments who are living in counties with high or substantial rates of community COVID-19 transmission, or places with more than 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. If cases drop, the eviction protections expire after 14 days, but the timeline could restart if transmission climbs back up again. A county is only exempt from the ban if it has a low to moderate transmission rate for two weeks or more.

The order still allows landlords to charge late fees or evict tenants for issues unrelated to missed rental payments. Any evictions for nonpayment of rent initiated on or after Aug. 1 — but not completed — still fall under the new order.

As of Aug. 10, Alamosa, Costilla, Mineral and Rio Grande counties fall within the federal eviction moratorium. Conejos and Saguache counties have moderate community transmission of COVID-19 and therefore are exempt from the protections. Use the CDC’s interactive map to see which counties meet the criteria.

For more information on the free clinic or to register, contact Kaylene Guymon at 719-589-7621 or [email protected]

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Moe Clark
Moe Clark

Moe Clark is a freelance journalist and former Colorado Newsline reporter who covered criminal justice, housing, homelessness and other social issues.

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