Mireya Marquez turned to a tenants’ rights lawyer after she became convinced her landlord wanted her out because she couldn’t pay her rent.
Marquez’s landlord denied he was trying to use means other than eviction to force her out. But texts she saved from him indicate he was pressing her to leave within days after a leak was discovered to have done serious damage at the duplex she had been renting for several years just off Federal in Valverde.
Marquez was able to stay through the end of her lease, which ran through May. She’s now staying with a friend and searching for a job and stable housing.
“That is, I think, close to as good as I could do for her,” said her attorney, Jason Legg. “But it doesn’t feel just or satisfying.
After a temporary statewide ban on evictions expired June 13, Gov. Jared Polis issued an order that allows landlords to begin the eviction process.