Free Colorado Rental Lease Agreement

Sample Colorado Rental Lease Agreement


THIS RESIDENTIAL LEASE (the "Lease") dated this ___ day of ____________________,20___.



(the "Landlord")

- AND-


(the "Tenant")

(individually the "Party" and collectively the "Parties")

IN CONSIDERATION OF the Landlord leasing certain premises to the Tenant and other valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the Parties agree as follows:

    Leased Property

  1. The Landlord agrees to rent to the Tenant the house, municipally described as ______________________, ______________________, Colorado, ______________________ (the "Property"), for use as residential premises only.
  2. No guests of the Tenants may occupy the Property for longer than one week without the prior written consent of the Landlord.
  3. Term

  4. The term of the Lease is a periodic commencing at 12:00 noon on _____________of _____________, 20___ and continuing on a month-to-month basis until the Landlord or the Tenant terminates the tenancy.
  5. Rent

  6. Subject to the provisions of this Lease, the rent for the Property is $_____________ per week (the "Rent").
  7. The Tenant will pay the Rent weekly, on or before ______________ of each and every week of the term of this Lease to the Landlord at ______________________, ______________________, State of Colorado, ______________________ or at such other place as the Landlord may later designate by Cash.
  8. Tenant Improvements

  9. The Tenant will obtain written permission from the Landlord before doing any of the following:
    1. applying adhesive materials, or inserting nails or hooks in walls or ceilings other than two small picture hooks per wall;
    2. painting, wallpapering, redecorating or in any way significantly altering the appearance of the Property;
    3. removing or adding walls, or performing any structural alterations;
    4. installing a waterbed(s);
    5. changing the amount of heat or power normally used on the Property as well as installing additional electrical wiring or heating units;
    6. placing or exposing or allowing to be placed or exposed anywhere inside or outside the Property any placard, notice or sign for advertising or any other purpose; or
    7. affixing to or erecting upon or near the Property any radio or TV antenna or tower.
  10. Insurance

  11. The Tenant is hereby advised and understands that the personal property of the Tenant is not insured by the Landlord for either damage or loss, and the Landlord assumes no liability for any such loss.
  12. Attorney Fees

  13. In the event that any action is filed in relation to this Lease, the unsuccessful Party in the action will pay to the successful Party, in addition to all the sums that either Party may be called on to pay, a reasonable sum for the successful Party's attorney fees.
  14. Governing Law

  15. This Lease will be construed in accordance with and exclusively governed by the laws of the State of Colorado.
  16. Severability

  17. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Lease and the applicable legislation of the State of Colorado (the "Act"), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Lease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Lease.
  18. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provisions of this Lease will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Lease.  Such other provisions remain in full force and effect.
  19. Amendment of Lease

  20. This Lease may only be amended or modified by a written document executed by the Parties.
  21. Damage to Property

  22. If the Property should be damaged other than by the Tenant's negligence or willful act or that of the Tenant's employee, family, agent, or visitor and the Landlord decides not to rebuild or repair the Property, the Landlord may end this Lease by giving appropriate notice.
  23. Care and Use of Property

  24. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord of any damage, or of any situation that may significantly interfere with the normal use of the Property or to any furnishings supplied by the Landlord.
  25. The Tenant will not engage in any illegal trade or activity on or about the Property.
  26. The Parties will comply with standards of health, sanitation, fire, housing and safety as required by law.
  27. The Parties will use reasonable efforts to maintain the Property in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord in writing of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by the Tenant. The Landlord will promptly respond to any such written notices from the Tenant.
  28. If the Tenant is absent from the Property and the Property is unoccupied for a period of 4 consecutive days or longer, the Tenant will arrange for regular inspection by a competent person. The Landlord will be notified in advance as to the name, address and phone number of the person doing the inspections.
  29. At the expiration of the term of this Lease, the Tenant will quit and surrender the Property in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this Lease, reasonable use and wear and tear excepted.
  30. Rules and Regulations

  31. The Tenant will obey all rules and regulations of the Landlord regarding the Property.
  32. Address for Notice

  33. For any matter relating to this tenancy, the Tenant may be contacted at the Property or through the phone number below. After this tenancy has been terminated, the contact information of the Tenant is:
    1. Name: _______________
    2. Phone: ______________________
  34. For any matter relating to this tenancy, whether during or after this tenancy has been terminated, the Landlord's address for notice is:
    1. Name: _______________
    2. Address: ______________________, ______________________, State of Colorado, ______________________

      The contact information for the Landlord is:

    3. Phone: ______________________
  35. General Provisions

  36. All monetary amounts stated or referred to in this Lease are based in the United States dollar.
  37. Any waiver by the Landlord of any failure by the Tenant to perform or observe the provisions of this Lease will not operate as a waiver of the Landlord's rights under this Lease in respect of any subsequent defaults, breaches or non-performance and will not defeat or affect in any way the Landlord's rights in respect of any subsequent default or breach.
  38. This Lease will extend to and be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, as the case may be, of each Party. All covenants are to be construed as conditions of this Lease.
  39. All sums payable by the Tenant to the Landlord pursuant to any provision of this Lease will be deemed to be additional rent and will be recovered by the Landlord as rental arrears.
  40. Where there is more than one Tenant executing this Lease, all Tenants are jointly and severally liable for each other's acts, omissions and liabilities pursuant to this Lease.
  41. Locks may not be added or changed without the prior written agreement of both Parties, or unless the changes are made in compliance with the Act.
  42. The Tenant will be charged an additional amount of $25.00 for each N.S.F. check or checks returned by the Tenant's financial institution.
  43. Headings are inserted for the convenience of the Parties only and are not to be considered when interpreting this Lease. Words in the singular mean and include the plural and vice versa. Words in the masculine mean and include the feminine and vice versa.
  44. This Lease may be executed in counterparts. Facsimile signatures are binding and are considered to be original signatures.
  45. This Lease constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties.
  46. During the last 30 days of this Lease, the Landlord or the Landlord's agents will have the privilege of displaying the usual 'For Sale' or 'For Rent' or 'Vacancy' signs on the Property.
  47. Time is of the essence in this Lease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF _______________ and _______________ have duly affixed their signatures on this ___ day of ____________________,20___.

Landlord: _______________

Tenant: _______________

The Tenant acknowledges receiving a duplicate copy of this Lease signed by the Tenant and the Landlord on the _____ day of ______________________, 20____.

Tenant: _______________


Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Colorado, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord's Disclosure


  1. The Landlord has NO knowledge of any lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports relating to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant's Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of:

  1. the information contained in the above Landlord's Disclosure including the above-mentioned reports and records; and
  2. the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home (EPA-747-K-99-001) or an equivalent pamphlet that has been approved for use in the state by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

The pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home can be ordered in hard copy or can be printed from the website

Asbestos Disclosure

Property: ______________________, ______________________, Colorado, ______________________
Landlord: _______________
Tenant: _______________

Landlord's Disclosure


  1. The Landlord has investigated and there is no asbestos in or about the Property.
  2. The Landlord has NO records or reports with respect to asbestos in or about the Property.
Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

 Landlord: _______________

per: _________________________________

Tenant's Disclosure

The Tenant ACKNOWLEDGES receipt of the information contained in the above Landlord's Disclosure including any reports and records.

Date: ___ day of ____________________,20___

Tenant: _______________

per: _________________________________

Colorado Rental Lease Agreement

Are you planning to move and settle in Colorado? In this article, we shall highlight all you need to know about the details and the official rules and regulations governing landlords and tenants.

  • Official Rules and Regulations

    • Colorado Revised Statutes for Tenants and Landlords

    • Landlord and Tenant handbooks for Cities of Boulder and Fort Collins

    • Denver’s Code of Ordinances – Chapter 27 (Housing)

Security Deposit

What do the statutes say on the maximum amount payable in security deposits?

No statute

Is there any rental lease agreement in Colorado covering security deposit interest?


Any statutes on opening separate security deposit bank accounts?


Any statutes on pet deposits and additional fees?


Is non-refundable security deposit allowed?

No, and the landlord must return the “full deposit.”

What is the deadline for returning the security deposits?

Landlords are expected to return the security deposit in one month unless the previously agreed to have another deadline. However, the deadline shouldn’t be more than 60 days. In cases where a tenant vacates because of hazardous conditions, then the landlord must return the deposit within 72 hours, excluding holidays, Saturday or Sunday.

Is it necessary to have a written description or an itemized list of charges and damages?

No statutes

Is there a statute governing record-keeping of deposit withholdings?


What happens in case of non-compliance?

In case the landlord fails to comply/ provide the tenant with a written notice of withholdings or any other information required within the time limits, the landlord can forfeit his/ her rights to withhold any portion of the security deposit.

If there is willful and wrongful detention of security deposit, in violation of the laws, the landlord will be liable for triple the amount of the security deposit withheld from the tenant. The landlord will also pay the reasonable fees and court costs.

Lease, Fees, and Rent

Is there a rental agreement stature on rent increase notice?


What are the rules governing late fees?

No statute

What are the application fees statures?


Any rules on prepaid rent?


Any returned check fees?


Can the tenant withhold tent for issues relating to habitability?

Yes, even though there are restrictions

Can the tenant repair and deduct rent?

No statutes.

Is the landlord allowed to recover court and attorney fees?

Yes, but only is the lease allows it.

Are there restrictions on handling abandoned property?


Should the landlord make a reasonable attempt to mitigate damages to the lessee, including any attempts to re-rent?

No. In the Colorado rental lease agreement laws under the “benefit of the bargain” rule – an innocent landlord is entitled to recover only the amount of damages required to it in the same position it would have occupied had the tenant performed according to the terms of the lease. This was in the case of Schneider v. Gordon, 732 P.2d 603 (Colo. 1987).

Notices and Entry

Do you require notice to terminate a lease that has a fixed end date?

No, the lease expires

Do you need the notice to terminate a yearly lease?

Yes, 91 days.

Do you require notice to terminate a lease that is six months or longer, but less than a year?

Yes, 28 days’ notice.

Do you require notice to terminate a lease that is one month or longer, but less than six months?

Yes, seven days’ notice.

Do you require notice to terminate a lease that is one week or longer, but less than one month?

Yes, three days’ notice.

Is there a statute governing notice of date/ time for a move-out inspection?


What is the duration of an eviction notice for nonpayment after a notice of nonpayment is served?

3 Days.

What is the duration of an eviction notice for lease violation?

3 Days to remedy or quit while repeat violations are grounds for immediate lease termination.

Do you require notice of entry?


Is entry allowed following notice of repairs and maintenance?


Is emergency entry allowed without notice?

No – there is no statute on this although a reasonable entry is allowed during emergencies.

What do the statutes stipulate about entry during a tenant’s extended absence?

No statute

Is notice required for tenants for the use of pesticides?

No statute.

Are lockouts allowed?

No, and the tenant can sue for damages.

Is self-help eviction allowed?

No, unless the state board of health promulgates for the cleanup of an illegal drug laboratory, or when the eviction is with the mutual consent of the landlords and tenants.

Are utility shut-offs allowed?

No, and the tenant can sue for damages.

Disclosures and Miscellaneous notes

Under this section, the rental lease agreement in Colorado highlights different rules on tenancy and ownership of rental units. The legal rental contracts and agreements include:

The adoption of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA)

The landlord isn’t required by the laws to seek new tenants while the previous tenant has an active lease

The landlord has to provide habitable premises through waterproofing, adding weather protection, plumbing, and gas facilities, running water and a reasonable amount of hot water at all times. The landlord is also responsible for the extermination of rodents, keeping areas under the control of the landlord clean, electrical lighting services, compliance with applicable building, housing and security devices, maintenance and repair of floors, railings, and stairways.

The disclosures also cover domestic violence and retaliation.

Court-related matters

  • These include:

    • The small claims court limits of $7,500

    • There are no eviction cases allowed

    • You can get help from the Colorado Small Claims Court – Local Practices, the Colorado Small Claims Rules, and the Colorado Small Claims Handbook,

Business licenses

There are no state-wide statutes requiring business licenses, but local authorities may need the licenses.

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