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.

For a 10 Day Notice to Quit, the eviction notice used for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no grace period for paying rent in Colorado. Rent is late starting the day after it 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 Paid Housing)
5 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent (Landlord w/5 or Fewer Properties)
10 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent
3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Lease Violation (Employer Paid Housing)
5 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Lease Violation (Landlord w/5 or Fewer Properties)
10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Lease Violation
3 Day Notice to Vacate Incurable Breach
1 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Lease (Tenancy of less than one week)
3 Day Notice to Terminate Tenancy Ending a Lease (Tenancy of more than one week, but less than one month)
21 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Lease (Tenancy of one month or longer, but less than six months)
28 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Lease (Tenancy of six months or more, but less than one year)
91 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Lease (Tenancy of one year or more)

 

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