The Basics of Landlord/Tenant Laws

The State of Colorado has laws regarding rental transactions designed to protect all parties involved. When renting a property, both the landlord and the tenant must sign and abide by the terms of the lease. Individuals who have not signed a lease are considered to be month-to-month tenants. If a tenant provides a security deposit when moving in, the landlord is not allowed to keep the deposit unless the unit has been damaged beyond normal wear and tear; upon move-out, the landlord has 30 days to return the deposit or provide a written list of damages and repairs.

Landlords must abide by the rent amount set forth in the lease, and they are not allowed to increase the rent amount until the lease is completed. In addition, a landlord must go through a complete legal process to evict a tenant, and can evict a tenant in three circumstances: failure to pay rent, breaking the lease, or at the end of the lease term with proper notification to the tenant.

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