The Colorado rental agreements are contracts established between a landlord and a tenant who will use a rental property in exchange for regular rent payments (usually monthly). These contracts establish the rules, terms, and conditions for the property, and must comply with Colorado’s landlord-tenant law.
Colorado Rental Agreement Types
The Colorado residential lease agreement ("rental agreement") outlines the conditions set by a landlord and a tenant for the purpose of renting residential real estate. The contract will include the period of the agreement ("term"), the payment amount ("rent"), and the obligations of the tenant while leasing the property.
The Colorado month-to-month rental agreement is a written document between a landlord and tenant that officially recognizes a legally binding relationship between the two parties. This document outlines an agreement for the renting of property and details the monthly rent, property description, in addition to the landlord and tenant’s responsibilities.
The Colorado sublease agreement allows a tenant ("sublessor") to rent, or sublet, part of the rental property to a new tenant (“sublessee”). Under this contract, the sublessee must make regular, periodic payments towards the initial tenant’s rental amount in exchange for use of all (or part) of the property.
The Colorado roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a document that all co-tenants in a roommate or shared residential situation must sign. This contract lays out the responsibilities of each roommate, including financial expectations, terms, and other rules associated with sharing the space.
The Colorado commercial lease agreement is a contract used by a business to rent office or retail spaces. This written document establishes the relationship between a landlord and a tenant or business and describes the terms and conditions associated with renting commercial spaces.
Colorado Required Lease Disclosures
- Lead Based Paint Disclosures (required for some) – Any Colorado building built before 1978 must include a lead based paint disclosure form that has a EPA-approved pamphlet and record of any known lead paint hazard to avoid liability in case of lead paint poisoning.
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Colorado Landlord Tenant Laws
- Warranty of Habitability – Colorado landlords must provide plumbing, running water, heating, electrical outlets, rodent extermination, and more to all tenants. Any repairs made to these amenities must be addressed within 24 hours of a request and completed within 96 hours thereafter. Otherwise, an effected tenant may perform a repair and deduct or withhold rent entirely.
- Evictions – Colorado landlords may evict tenants for a number of reasons including a failure to pay rent, a violation of a leasing term, or the committing of an illegal act. All three of these evictions require a 3-day notice, meaning that they can be completed in less than a week.
- Security Deposits – Landlords for mobile homes in Colorado cannot charge more than the value of a single month’s rent as a security deposit. Apartment-renting landlords are not limited in this manner. In either case, a Colorado landlord has 1 month to return collected deposits after a lease concludes.
- Lease Termination – A lease in Colorado can be legally terminated if a tenant provides proof of their active military duty, victimization by landlord harassment, proof of a gas leak, or harm caused by living in an “uninhabitable.” Leases of 6-12 months in length only require 28 days of advance notice, though.
- Rent Increases & Fees – Colorado landlords are free to raise rent whenever and without limitation. The same goes for fees in Colorado. In both cases, standards are established by a lease agreement.
- Landlord Entry – A Colorado landlord may enter a tenant’s dwelling whenever they’d like and without stating a specific reason. Any entry standards of this kind must derive from a lease agreement.
- Settling Legal Disputes – In Colorado, a landlord-tenant dispute valued at $7,500 or less can be heard in small claims court. Eviction cases, however, are handled by the state’s civil courts.
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