Illegal Eviction Procedures in Colorado
There are times when a rental agreement simply doesn’t work out and a Colorado landlord wants to evict a tenant. When this happens, landlords need to follow the law exactly. If they don’t, the tenant can defend themselves from the eviction on the grounds of illegal eviction.
The legal team at Flaxman Law Group has seen many instances where a tenant has been illegally evicted or illegal eviction attempts have been made against a renter. If you think this may be happening to you, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation to discover what legal remedies may be possible. You have the right to be free from illegal eviction procedures and our offices in Denver are here to protect your rights.How Do I Know If My Landlord Is Using an Illegal Eviction Procedure?
Your landlord’s eviction may be illegal if he or she doesn’t follow due process. Examples of illegal eviction procedures include:
- Cutting off utilities or changing the locks
- Evicting you without written notice
- Evicting you because of your race, gender identity, or other protected characteristic
- Removing your property from your home without getting a court order
- Trying to remove you from your home without a court order
- Harassing you or making life in your home unpleasant to try to compel you to leave
- Verbal threats
- Issuing a notice to quit without having a valid reason
- Refusing rent
- Filing a false lawsuit against you
In Colorado, your landlord cannot retaliate or discriminate against you. In most cases, he or she needs a valid reason to evict you. In all cases, your landlord must follow all proper procedures and seek a court order for eviction.What Can You Do If You Are Facing an Illegal Eviction Procedure?
Unfortunately, illegal evictions in Colorado are not uncommon. There are many reasons why landlords resort to illegal practices to evict a tenant:
- Landlords may not know the laws about eviction.
- Landlords may want to evict fast, without waiting for a court order.
- Landlords may want to evict a tenant to convert the rental into short-term vacation rentals or to bring in a higher paying tenant.
If you are facing an illegal eviction procedure, you do have options. You may want to:
- Contact an experienced Colorado eviction lawyer to get legal advice and to build a strong case.
- Document the illegal eviction procedure with photos, videos, witnesses, and documentation of any communication with your landlord.
- Call the police if your landlord’s actions make you unsafe or if your landlord is threatening you or otherwise breaking the law.
- Take your case to court, with an experienced attorney, to stop the eviction process and to recover damages, if possible.
Whether you’re in Boulder, Denver, or any community in Colorado, contact Flaxman Law Group. Our law firm has more than 60 years of combined experience. Even if you’re not sure whether your landlord is acting illegally, call us at 970-999-0530 or contact us onlinefor a free, no obligation consultation. You have nothing to lose by talking to a lawyer about your case.