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Colorado Rental Laws

Your Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Colorado

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Colorado was 5,355,866 on July 1, 2014, a 6.5% increase since the 2010 United States Census.

The State of Colorado has 64 counties.

Colorado Rental Laws County Map

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: No Restrictions but must be reasonable
  • Return Deadline:  1 month, unless lease agreement specifies longer period of time (which may be no more than 60 days); 72 hours (not counting weekends or holidays) if a hazardous condition involving gas equipment requires tenant to vacate

Fees and Notice

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  3 days (no cure for certain substantial violations)
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes dependent of circumstance

Landlord Disclosures

  • Colorado Required Landlord Disclosures:  None statewide
  • The Lead Disclosure Rule Federal law requires that before signing a lease for housing built before 1978, renters must receive The Lead Based Paint EPA Disclosure and Lead Based Paint EPA Pamphlet

County Rules and Regulations

Animal Laws County Links

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports  

Tenant Screening

  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Counties covered:  Adams County, Alamosa County, Arapahoe County, Archuleta County, Baca County, Bent County, Boulder County, Broomfield County, Chaffee County, Cheyenne County, Clear Creek, Conejos County, Costilla County, Crowley County, Custer County, Delta County, Denver County, Dolores County, Douglas County, Eagle County, Elbert County, El Paso County, Fremont County, Garfield County, Gilpin County, Grand County, Gunnison County, Hinsdale County, Huerfano County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Kiowa County, Kit Carson County, Lake County, La Plata County, Larimer County, Las Animas County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Mesa County, Mineral County, Moffat County, Montezuma County, Montrose County, Morgan County, Otero County, Ouray County, Park County, Phillips County, Pitkin County, Prowers Pueblo County, Rio Blanco County, Rio Grande County, Routt County, Saguache County, San Juan County, San Miguel County, Sedgwick County, Summit County, Teller County, Washington County, Weld County, Yuma County

Last Updated: October 31, 2016

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