Colorado governor wants to temporarily suspend limits on unrelated people living together
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Some people’s only other option might be homelessness, Polis says
Story by Alex Burness. Originally published in the Denver Post on July 14, 2020.
"In response to a rise in housing insecurity, Gov. Jared Polis on Sunday encouraged cities with restrictive occupancy limits to temporarily relax laws limiting the number of unrelated people who can share a home.
On Tuesday, he said he wants to not only encourage a pause in enforcement but compel it. Many cities in Colorado — including Denver and the governor’s hometown of Boulder, where the debate over this issue is currently raging — place limits on how many unrelated people can live together, with local limits generally ranging from about three to five people.
'I would like to temporarily require it. We will have our counsel looking at it,' Polis said, adding that the reason he hasn’t issued an order yet is that 'the state has less authority in this area is because these are local ordinances.'"