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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Denver decision-makers want to lower the city’s eviction rate and give renters more protections.

Why it matters: The pandemic exacerbated Denver’s existing housing crisis, leaving thousands more families unable to pay rent and at risk of being kicked out of their homes.

Driving the news: Denver City Council members Candi CdeBaca and Amanda Sawyer are pushing a proposal that would equip lower-income renters with free, permanent legal defense — representation most landlords have but few renters can afford.

  • The proposal builds on the city’s eviction legal defense pilot program that launched in 2018 for residents with household incomes below 200% of the federal poverty line.

By the numbers: There were nearly 4,000 evictions in Denver last year, despite state and federal eviction moratoriums, the sponsors say, citing county court data.

  • Denver ranked among the top 10 cities with the highest income needed to cover a two-bedroom rental — about $82,300 — according to a 2020 study by SmartAsset.

Details: The draft ordinance would limit eligibility to renters making 80% of area median income — $54,950 for one person and about $85,000 for a four-person household.

  • It would establish a new office devoted to the program in Denver’s Department of Housing Stability.
  • But the funding amount and cash source are still in the works. A council committee is slated to review the eviction defense ordinance on May 5.

The other side: The Apartment Association of Metro Denver opposes the proposal.

  • "Paying attorneys for evictions that are not occurring rather than paying rent is not a sustainable solution," Drew Hamrick, general counsel for the association, told Axios.

Between the lines: "Evictions disproportionately impact BIPOC communities and create permanent barriers to housing security in the future," CdeBaca told Axios.

  • "Leveling the playing field in eviction legal proceedings by providing a right to have an attorney is as basic as providing an interpreter to communicate legal language and process in plain English."

Of note: A group of tenants’ advocates have filed a similar ballot initiative, but a key difference is funding the program with $12 million annually through a $75 assessment charged to landlords per property they lease, Colorado Politics reports.

The big picture: At the state level, Democratic lawmakers also are working to beef up protections for renters with the introduction of two bills that would:

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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Des Moines to Iowa governor: Veto rental authority bill

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Des Moines is asking Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a bill that would allow landlords to reject Section 8 rental subsidies for their tenants, city officials told Axios.

Why it matters: Nearly 3,200 Polk County low-income families receive the federal rent assistance and face a greater likelihood of returning to substandard housing or homelessness if their housing options are further limited.

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Soon, more than half the states will have ended their formal emergency declarations for the pandemic — which could have a ripple of effects across the economy.

Why it matters: Lifting those orders will allow businesses to serve more customers, but will also end certain safety nets, including expanded food and housing assistance, as well as eviction protections.

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Hong Kong's Apple Daily said 500 police officers searched the pro-democracy newspaper's offices and arrested five senior executives on Thursday.

Why it matters: The arrests of the paper's chief editor, Ryan Law, along with its chief operating officer, two other editors and the CEO of Next Digital, which operates Apple Daily, were made under China's national security law — which gives the government broad power to limit people's political freedom.