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Last update: 6 Dec 2023

Download Colorado Eviction Notice Templates [PDF]

The Colorado eviction notice is a document that the landlord serves to the tenant to inform them that they have violated the lease rules. It usually contains details about the violation, a deadline by which the tenant must leave the property, and (optionally) the way they can remedy the violation and continue to reside in the unit.

If the tenant doesn’t remedy the situation or the severity of the violation doesn’t give the option for a remedy, the tenant must leave the leased property. If they don’t do so, the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit.

Types of Eviction Notice in Colorado

The type of the Colorado eviction notice you want to use in a specific case depends on the type of violation the tenant has made. Therefore, we differentiate the following types of eviction notices:

Notice to Pay Rent or Quit

In Colorado, the landlord can send an eviction notice to the tenant after they are late with the rent payment. Depending on the type of the lease, the landlord issues:

Notice to Pay Rent or Quit

  • 3-day notice for the employer-provided housing

  • 5-day notice if the landlord leases five or fewer properties that are considered single-family homes

  • 10-day notice for all the other residential tenancies

Notice for Lease Violation

If the tenant makes a minor lease violation, the landlord will issue a 3-, 5-, or 10-day notice to remedy the violation or vacate the premises. Minor lease violations usually include the following:

Notice for Lease Violation

  • Violating the building, health, and housing regulations

  • Not disposing of the ashes, garbage, and rubbish in a provided manner 

  • Disturbing other people in the building

  • Destroying the premises or some items at the premises

End of Lease Notice

When the lease term is over, the landlord must issue a notice to the tenant, informing them that they won’t extend the lease. The landlord must issue the notice a certain number of days in advance, depending on the type of the lease:

End of Lease Notice

  • 91 days for a tenancy of one year and longer

  • 28 days for the tenancy between six months and a one year

  • 21 days for the tenancy between one and six months

  • 3 days for the tenancy between one week and one month

  • 1 day for the tenancy shorter than one week

Eviction Laws and Requirements in Colorado

Laws & Requirements

  • Rent payment grace period: Not mentioned in the state statutes

  • Late rent fees grace period: 7 calendar days (§ 38-12-105)

  • Rent non-payment: 3, 5, or 10 days (§ 13-40-104(d))

  • Minor lease violation: 3, 5, or 10 days (§ 13-40-104(e))

  • Substantial lease violation: 3 days (§ 13-40-107.5(4))

  • End of the lease term

    • 91 days for tenancy of 1 year and longer

    • 28 days for tenancy between 6 months and 1 year

    • 7 days for tenancy between 1 and 6 months

    • 3 days for tenancy between 1 week and 1 month

    • 1 day for tenancy shorter than 1 week (§ 13-40-107)

When Is Rent Late in Colorado?

The Colorado statute doesn’t provide a grace period for the rent payment. In practice, that means that the landlord can issue an eviction notice to the tenant as soon as the rent payment due date is over.

For that reason, it is important that the landlord and the tenant determine the rent payment due date in the lease agreement. If such a date is not provided, that will open a room for later disputes on when the rent is due. If no due date is determined, the rent is usually payable at the beginning of each rent term (the first day of the month/week).

Grounds for Eviction in Colorado

In Colorado, a tenant can be evicted for the following reasons:

Grounds for Eviction

  • Non-payment of rent

  • Not remedying the minor lease violation

  • Making a major violation of the lease rules

  • Engaging in an illegal activity

  • Ending the lease term

Eviction Process in Colorado

The eviction process in Colorado starts with the landlord issuing an eviction notice to the tenant. It can last from a couple of weeks to a couple of months in case the landlord brings their claims to court. Below, you can see all the steps in this process.

#1. Write a Notice

Depending on the type of violation the tenant has committed and the type of the lease, the landlord will issue the appropriate type of eviction notice to the tenant. They will also give the tenant a certain amount of time to remedy the violation (for some types of violations) or vacate the property.

The landlord can deliver the notice to the tenant in person or via postal mail. If the notice is delivered by mail, the landlord should make sure to get proof that the notice is delivered to the tenant.

#2. File the Lawsuit

If the tenant doesn’t remedy the violation or leave the leased property, the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit in a Colorado court, according to the county where the property is located. The landlord must pay the $85–$135 filing fee, depending on whether the landlord claims a certain amount of rent or compensation for damages.

#3. Court Holds the Hearing

The court issues the court summons to the tenant at least seven (7) days before the court hearing is scheduled. The tenant will have the opportunity to answer the landlord’s claims either in writing—before the court hearing—or at the court hearing. 

#4. Wait for Court’s Judgment

The court will either dismiss the landlord’s claims or issue the judgment in the landlord’s favor and later issue the Writ of Restitution. This document serves as the final notice to the tenant to leave the leased property. If the tenant remains at the property even after this point, the landlord can use the Writ of Restitution to hire the sheriff’s office or another authorized body to forcibly remove the tenant from the property.

Other Eviction-Related Forms in Colorado

Other Eviction-Related Forms

Eviction Information for Landlords in Colorado

The eviction notice the landlord serves to a tenant must include the following:

Eviction Information for Landlords

  • Explanation of the violation the tenant has made

  • Date when the notice is issued

  • Number of days the tenant has to remedy the violation (if applicable) or vacate the rental unit

The landlord shall not refer to self-help methods to evict the tenant.

Eviction Information for Tenants in Colorado

The tenant must receive the notice before being evicted. They also must have the minimum number of days stipulated by law to leave the property or remedy the violation (if applicable).

The tenant should also be aware that the landlord is not allowed to use any self-help methods of removing the tenant from the rental property by:

Eviction Information for Tenants

  • Changing the locks to the property

  • Shutting off the essential utilities like water or electricity

  • Removing the tenant’s belongings from the leased unit

How to Write an Eviction Notice in Colorado

Colorado Eviction Notice Checklist

Colorado Eviction Notice FAQ

  • You can file an eviction notice with the tenant as soon as the rent due date is over or if the tenant commits some violation.

  • In order to legally evict the tenant from the property in Colorado, you must initiate the eviction process by sending an eviction notice to the tenant. If you later decide to file an eviction lawsuit with the court, you must submit proof that the tenant has received the eviction notice.

  • In practice, the eviction process can last anywhere from two weeks to four months, depending on the type of lease and reasons for eviction. In some extreme cases, it can last even longer.

  • A 3-day eviction notice is allowed only in cases of a minor violation of the lease or non-payment of rent in the employer-provided housing. In any other case, the landlord must give the tenant anywhere from 5 to 91  calendar days to vacate the property or remedy the violation, depending on the type of lease.

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