Colorado Landlord Retaliation Laws

Colorado Landlord Retaliation Laws

Last Updated: February 23, 2023

Tenant Protected Actions
  • Complaints to Gov’t or Landlord about Habitability, Health, or Safety
  • Participating in a Tenant Organization
Landlord Retaliatory Actions
  • Raising Rent
  • Decreasing Services
  • Filing/Threatening Eviction
Penalties for Retaliation
  • End Lease
  • Sue for 3x Damages

When Is It Illegal for Landlords to Retaliate in Colorado?

Colorado landlords aren’t allowed to retaliate by raising rent, reducing services, or threatening eviction against a tenant who takes one of the following protected actions:

  • Complaining to the government or landlord about habitability, health, or safety violations.
  • Participating in a tenant organization.

What Can Tenants Do in Response in Colorado?

Colorado tenants can respond to landlord retaliation by suing to end the rental agreement. The tenant also can recover three month’s rent or triple the expenses associated with the retaliation (whichever is greater), plus court costs and attorney fees.