Colorado 5 Day Notice to Quit

Last Updated: August 31, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

A Colorado 5 Day Notice to Quit is an official eviction letter written and served to the tenant for nonpayment of rent by a landlord with five (5) or fewer rental properties. This notice allows the tenant to pay the rent balance due or move out within five (5) calendar days.

When to Use a Colorado 5 Day Notice to Quit

Use a 5-Day Notice to Quit to begin the eviction process in Colorado if the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full (single family home leases and landlords with five or fewer rental properties).

If the above is not 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).
  • 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 Vacate –  If the tenant is involved in illegal drug activity, committed substantial property damage, committed a criminal offense or nuisance, assaulted another person on the premises or any other illegal activity (tenants are not given an opportunity to cure).
  • 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 (use this notice for single family home leases if the landlord has 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 5 Day Notice to Quit

The 5-Day Notice to Quit 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. Enter the amount of rent due and the date it became due;
  4. Include the total balance due of rent;
  5. Enter the date the total amount is due or 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 5 Day Notice to Quit

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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