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Landlord-Tenant Disputes in Colorado

In Colorado, Flaxman Law Group works with tenants and landlords to resolve disputes. When renters or landlords come to us, they often do so because they're not sure which laws could affect their case and what steps they can take to protect their rights.

Whether you're in Denver, Boulder, Greeley, or another Colorado community, you can contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your situation. In the meantime, we've put together this guide to cover the basic landlord/tenant statutes that could affect your situation.

Colorado Landlord/Tenant Statutes

Colorado has specific laws outlining the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. Here are some important statutes to understand:

  • Lease Agreements: In Colorado, lease agreements are required for most rentals of 12 months or longer. However, these agreements can be used for rentals of any duration. They're a good idea because a good rental agreement can protect both renters and landlords.
  • Security Deposit: Colorado allows landlords to collect a security deposit, protecting the landlord in case of property damage. In most cases, the security deposit is equivalent to one month's rent. If a renter moves out, the landlord must return the security deposit in 30-60 days. If the renter moves out because of unsafe conditions, the landlord must return the deposit within three days. However, landlords do have a right to keep part of the security deposit if there is unpaid rent or utility bills or if there is property damage beyond normal wear and tear.
  • Repairs and Maintenance: Landlords in Colorado must keep their rental property in safe, habitable condition. They must make repairs and conduct maintenance to keep the property in good condition. Renters also have the right to submit repair requests in writing and have repairs completed in a timely way.
  • Eviction: Landlords must provide proper notice for eviction and obtain a court order before evicting a renter. Tenants have the right to contest an eviction.
  • Retaliation: Colorado law prohibits landlords from retaliating against tenants when renters follow the law or file a lawful complaint. For example, if a landlord raises the rent or harasses a renter after the tenant files a complaint, the landlord could face a court order.
  • Discrimination: The Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies bans landlords from discriminating against renters. Tenants who feel they have been discriminated against or have been denied a lease because of a protected characteristic such as race or sexual orientation can file a complaint.
Flaxman Law Group Can Help

Trying to understand the law can be challenging whether you're a renter or landlord. The laws in Colorado are complex enough that sometimes even with a good lease agreement, disputes can happen between landlords and their tenants.

When this happens, you can always contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation. We can review your lease agreement to make sure it complies with Colorado law. We can also help you understand your rights and obligations under the lease and work to resolve any disputes. Our team also helps with eviction defenses if you're a renter facing eviction.

The Flaxman Law Group has more than 60 years of combined experience and we're proud to serve communities across Colorado, including Basalt, Denver, and all surrounding areas. Contact us today at 970-999-0530 to schedule your free consultation. You can also contact us online.

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