Evictions in Colorado
As a law firm dedicated to advocating for tenants' rights in Colorado, Flaxman Law Group understands how overwhelming evictions can be. When clients contact us, they're often worried about losing their homes and many are not aware of the rights and laws that could protect them.
Whether you're in Denver, Canon City, Boulder, or any surrounding area, we've created this page to provide you with an overview of the eviction process in Colorado and your rights as a tenant. If you have additional questions or want to review your case specifically with a Colorado evictions attorney, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation.The Evictions Process in Colorado
While no two evictions are the same, there is a process landlords need to follow to legally evict someone:
- Establishing grounds for eviction. Landlords need to have a valid, legal reason to evict a tenant and can't evict someone for retaliatory or discriminatory reasons. Unfortunately, some landlords act in bad faith and try to "renovict" Colorado renters so they can charge new tenants more or so they can create short-term rentals to attract ski vacationers. If you think your landlord might be trying to evict you illegally, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss how you may be able to protect your rights.
- Giving notice. Your landlord must provide you with a written notice that complies with Colorado law. This notice must be within current mandatory timeframes and must give the reason for your eviction. In most situations, the landlord is required to give the renter an opportunity to fix the problem. For example, in the case of non-payment of rent, a tenant may be able to avoid eviction by paying the amount owed.
- Filing the eviction lawsuit. If the landlord-tenant dispute can't be resolved, the landlord must file an eviction lawsuit. This may involve a court hearing where both parties can present their case before a judge, who will decide whether to evict a tenant.
Navigating this process is difficult, especially since there are many complex laws governing evictions in Colorado. For example, your landlord could evict you without cause in some situations where a lease is coming to the end of its term (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-40-104(1)(c)). Also, depending on the situation, there are different timelines landlords have to evict someone. In some circumstances, they may give a three-day notice and in others a ten-day notice.
You don't have to figure it out on your own. Whether you're renting in Colorado Springs, Durango, Fort Morgan, or any surrounding areas, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation with a Colorado eviction attorney.Your Rights as a Tenant
As a tenant facing eviction in Colorado, you have rights. You have the right to a habitable home, even while facing eviction proceedings. You also have the right to not be discriminated or retaliated against.
One thing to keep in mind is that unlike many states Colorado does not have property retrieval laws. If a renter's belongings are in the property after eviction, under Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-40-122 the landlord can dispose of the property. If he or she chooses to keep it in storage so the tenant can retrieve it, the landlord can charge for this service.
Many tenants are not told about their rights in a clear way. This makes it hard to know what to do if you're ever served with a notice of eviction. If you have received such a notice or if you suspect you may be about to be evicted, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation.How Flaxman Law Group Can Help
Flaxman Law Group is proud to have offices in Denver and Basalt, Colorado. From our offices, we're pleased to help renters across the state.
We may be able to represent you in court if you're facing eviction. We can also review your situation and lease agreement in a free consultation so you understand your rights and any remedies. You have nothing to lose, because your first consultation with our legal team is free and comes with no obligation. Call us today at 970-999-0530 to set up your free consultation.