How to Serve Eviction & Lease Termination Notices in Colorado

How to Serve Eviction & Lease Termination Notices in Colorado

Last Updated: September 1, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

In Colorado, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Notices in Colorado?

In Colorado, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Notices Be Served in Colorado?

In Colorado, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

A 10 Day Notice to Quit is the eviction notice used for tenants (not residing at an exempt property or employer provided housing) that do not pay rent in full and on time. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in Colorado, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Colorado

A landlord can deliver notices in Colorado using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Handing the notice to someone, over the age of 15, occupying the premises;
  3. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises, such as the entry door.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Colorado

A landlord can demonstrate proof that a notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.
  • Posting at the Premises – by taking a photograph and completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.

Colorado Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
3 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent

Employer Provided Housing

5 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent

Exempt Rental Property

10 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent

All Other Tenancies

3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Lease Violation

Employer Provided Housing

5 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Lease Violation

Exempt Rental Property

10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Lease Violation

All Other Tenancies

3 Day Notice to Vacate Illegal Activity
1 Day Notice to Vacate Tenancy of less than one week
3 Day Notice to Terminate Tenancy Tenancy of more than one week,

but less than one month /

Tenancy At Will

21 Day Notice to Vacate Tenancy of one month or longer,

but less than six months

28 Day Notice to Vacate Tenancy of six months or more,

but less than one year

91 Day Notice to Vacate Tenancy of one year or more

 

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