Ryan Shaffer Advocates Against House Bill Negatively Impacting Colorado Mobile Home Communities

DENVER, Colo. (March 2, 2020) — Sherman & Howard attorney Ryan Shaffer testified before the Colorado House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor in opposition to House Bill 20-1141 on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Home Association, which represents manufactured-housing communities in the state. The bill proposes to limit the amount of late fees and to restrict how and when landlords can charge late fees if tenants fail to pay rent on time.

Ryan presented clear and compelling arguments against the bill. He indicated how the bill would harm modular-housing communities by allowing renters to delay paying their rent every month. He noted that such delays would impair the communities’ ability to pay their own bills, increase costs for tenants, and eliminate the landlords’ ability to offer assistance to tenants when the tenants fall on hard times.

As a result of testimonial opposition to the bill, the motion to refer the bill out of committee was defeated by a 3-8 vote, effectively killing the bill as currently written.