Colorado 3 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: August 31, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

A Colorado 3 Day Notice to Vacate is an official legal letter written by the landlord and served to the tenant for illegal conduct on the premises. This notice instructs the tenant to move out and deliver possession of the premises within three (3) calendar days.

When to Use a Colorado 3 Day Notice to Vacate

Use a 3 Day Notice to Vacate to begin the eviction process in Colorado if any of the below are true:

  • If the tenant is involved in the sale of or possession of a controlled substance.
  • If the tenant committed a criminal offense or nuisance.
  • If the tenant committed substantial property damage.
  • If the tenant assaulted another person on the premises.
  • If the tenant is involved in any other illegal activity.

If none of the above are true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:

  • 3 Day Notice to Quit -If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full (use this notice if the tenant resides in employer provided housing).
  • 5 Day Notice to Quit -If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full (for use by landlord with five (5) or fewer rental properties).
  • 10 Day Notice to Quit –  If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.
  • 3 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate –  If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner, refused to allow the landlord access, violated rules with too many occupants at the premises or any other violations of the lease or property rules (for tenants living in employer provided housing; tenants are given the opportunity to remedy the violation or default).
  • 5 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate –  If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner, refused to allow the landlord access, violated rules with too many occupants at the premises or any other violations of the lease or property rules (for use by landlords with five (5) or fewer rental properties; tenants are given the opportunity to remedy the violation or default).
  • 10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate –  If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner, refused to allow the landlord access, violated rules with too many occupants at the premises or any other violations of the lease or property rules (tenants are given the opportunity to remedy the violation or default).
  • 1-91 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant does not have a lease, has an expired lease or is on a periodic (i.e. month-to-month) lease. The amount of notice required to give depends on the length of the tenancy.

How to Write a Colorado 3 Day Notice to Vacate

The Three (3) Day Notice to Vacate form shall be completed as follows:

  1. Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
  2. Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
  3. Specify the incurable rule or lease violation;
  4. Include any balance due, if applicable;
  5. Enter the date the tenant must vacate the premises;
  6. Include the date the notice is served;
  7. Landlord prints their name and signs the notice;
  8. Landlord includes their full address and phone number.

How to Serve a Colorado 3 Day Notice to Vacate

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.

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