Colorado 3 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: April 19, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Colorado 3 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin the eviction process against a tenant for illegal conduct on the premises, such as possession of controlled substances. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within three (3) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Colorado 3 Day Notice To Vacate

A Colorado 3 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Involvement in the sale or possession of a controlled substance
  • Commission of a criminal offense or nuisance
  • Causing substantial property damage
  • Assaulting another person on the premises
  • Involvement in any other illegal activity

Some types of Colorado lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

Colorado courts have specified that a tenant covered by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is entitled to a minimum 30 days of advance notice before a landlord can file for eviction. This applies even after the act’s other protections have expired.

    How To Write a Colorado 3 Day Notice To Vacate

    To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

    1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
    2. Specify the basis upon which the tenancy will terminate
    3. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
    4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
    5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
    6. Print name and sign the notice
    7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

    It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

    How To Serve a Colorado 3 Day Notice To Vacate

    Colorado landlords may deliver an initial written Notice To Vacate using any of these methods:

    1. Hand delivery to the tenant
    2. Hand delivery to a person over age 15 on the premises who can accept the notice on behalf of the tenant
    3. Only if all forms of hand delivery fail: Posting the notice in a conspicuous place on the premises, such as the entry door

    In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.