Rent Increases & Fees in Colorado

Rent Increases & Fees in Colorado

Last Updated: April 26, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In Colorado, the regulation of rent is primarily governed by CO Rev. Stat. §38-12-301. This law bans rent control throughout the state, allowing all landlords to set rent and increase it (with proper notice).

Quick Facts
Rent Control None (State Ban)
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases 60 Days
Max. Late Fee $50 or 5% of the past due rent
Max. Bounced Check Fee $20

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Colorado?

In the state of Colorado, a landlord can only raise rent once every 12 months, no matter the type of tenancy (i.e., fixed-term, month-to-month, etc.). (CRS § 38-12-702)

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When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in Colorado?

A Colorado landlord may not raise rent in retaliation when a tenant has notified the landlord or filed a complaint with the appropriate agency regarding the health or safety of a rental property. (CRS 13-40-107)

It is also illegal for a Colorado landlord to raise rent based on the race, gender, age, nation of origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant. Federal Fair Housing Act

Is There a Rent Increase Limit in Colorado?

There is no limit placed on the amount a landlord may increase rent in the state of Colorado.

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Colorado?

In a residential tenancy, a landlord must provide the tenant with at least 60 Days’ written notice. (CRS § 38-12-701)

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Colorado?

Rent can only be increased one time in a 12-month period of consecutive occupancy regardless of if the tenancy type (i.e., for a fixed term, month-to-month, there is no written lease, etc.).

Laws Regarding Late Fees in Colorado

Colorado landlords cannot charge more than $50 or 5% of the past due rent payment. The late fee shall only be imposed once, and late payments can only be collected by the seventh calendar day that rent has not been collected.

Additionally, a tenant shall only be asked to pay a late fee if it is disclosed in the lease agreement. (CRS § 38-12-105)

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees in Colorado

A Colorado landlord may add up to a $20 fee for a rental payment returned for insufficient funds.

Colorado Cities With Rent Control

The state of Colorado has established that rent control is a state concern. Cities, counties or municipalities cannot impose their own rent control ordinances. (CRS 38-12-301)