Required Documents

What will a landlord need to complete the Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance Program application?

Tenant Contact Information:

Required information includes:

  • Tenant Name
  • Tenant Email Address
  • Tenant Phone Number

Note:

Another means of contacting the tenant must be provided if the above is not available.

Financial Documentation:

  • Completed IRS Form W-9 on the Colorado form dated within the last six months.

If applying on behalf of a tenant, upload the following:

  • Copy of lease agreement or other evidence of tenancy certifying to the term and amount of rent.
  • Rent ledger showing back rent owed
  • If you are a Housing Authority and the tenant is living in a rent-restricted unit, provide the tenant income determination letter, completed within 12 months of application.

Know that as the landlord...

You will be asked to read and sign certifying that everything you provide is true and that you have not already received assistance for the property for the same months for which you are now requesting assistance.

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What will a tenant need to complete the Colorado Emergency Rental Assistance Program application?

Proof of Identity:

  • Government-issued ID for primary applicant
  • If you (applicant) are not the primary lease-holder, have ready the ID for the person named on the lease or tenancy document.

Proof of Income or Unemployment Benefits:

Your income must be below 80% Area Median Income (AMI) for your county for you to qualify for ERAP. Compare your income to the income tables here for these income limits by county.

Income documentation for all household members 18 years of age or above and children who have income. You only need ONE of the options below.

  • Option 1: 2020 tax return(s): You will be expected to provide the “adjusted gross income,” and upload the first four pages of the signed tax return(s) and the W-2s. If your household members file separately, you will have to upload the return and W-2 for each person who files.
  • Option 2: One month’s income documentation for the month prior to the date of application. Documentation may include one or more of the following.
    • All pay stubs or pay summary for the previous 30 days,
    • Current unemployment benefits letter including gross benefit amount,
    • Current letter from your employer verifying gross wages (pay rate, hours/week, pay date.)
    • Current year social security, disability letter, retirement, pension, or annuity letter. Letter of benefits must include benefit amount.
    • Certification of income form for self-employed.
    • Ledger showing income for gig workers.
  • Additional information If your household is receiving TANF, Colorado Works, SNAP, LEAP, provide a letter or documentation of that program eligibility within the last 12 months. OR, If you are living in a rent-restricted property, you or your landlord can provide evidence of your income certification, as long as it is within the last 12 months. Other forms of documentation may be acceptable if you do not have one of the above. Contact the program for assistance at 1-888-480-0066 or COERAP@state.co.us.
For unemployment:
  • Unemployment benefits letter and/or unemployment benefits statement(s), if you are collecting unemployment. (not required but is used to prioritize applications.)

Verification of Renter Status:

Document demonstrating applicant lives at the property. Have ready ONE or more of the following:

  • Executed lease (signed by both tenant and landlord) or other written document which names applicant as tenant of property.
  • Government ID showing address of property.
  • Income information showing applicant name and address of property.
  • Current utility bill or other official business mail addressed to applicant at property.

 

Evidence of Rent Due:

Have ready ONE of the following:

  • Executed lease agreement (signed by both tenant and landlord) with the applicant named, showing rent amount and due date.
  • Proof of payment made to the landlord or named leaseholder for the month immediately prior to the month for which assistance is requested. This may include:
    • Copy of check.
    • Ledger from Venmo, Paypal, or financial institution.
    • Receipt or affidavit from person named on the lease plus proof of deposit.
    • Documentation of rent past due, such as past-due notices, emails from landlord, or rent ledger.

Verification of Risk of Housing Instability or Homelessness:

  • If applicable, notice to evict (Notice to Quit, Demand for Rent Notice, or Notice of Court Date.) This is not required but is used to prioritize applications.
  • Know that you will be asked to verify that at least one member of your household experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Know that you will be asked to demonstrate that at least one member of your household is at risk for homelessness or housing instability.
  • Know that you will be asked to read and sign promising that everything you provide is true and that you have not already received assistance for the same months for which you are now requesting assistance.

Assistance Request Details:

  • Decide the months for which you will ask for assistance:
    • You may also request assistance for your current month and may request up to 2 more months of future assistance if you will still be living there and you will still need the assistance.
  • Decide the amounts for which you will ask for assistance.
    • Past-due rent can be for any and all months for your current unit back to April 2020. You can only request past-due amounts still owed.

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