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Colorado Laws for Landlords.
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Landlord Legislation in Colorado

Below is a list of laws for landlords in Colorado. New resources, bills and articles are updated daily. You can also type in a Bill Number or Keyword in the search bar to find additional details on laws.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

Summary
The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of information in the files of consumer reporting agencies. There are many types of consumer reporting agencies, including credit bureaus and specialty agencies (such as agencies that sell information about check writing histories, medical records, and rental history records). Here is a summary of your major rights under FCRA. For more information, including information about additional rights, go to www.consumerfinance.gov/learnmore or write to: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1700 G Street N.W., Washington, DC 20552. Para información en español, visite www.consumerfinance.gov/learnmore o escribe a la Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 1700 G Street N.W., Washington, DC 20552.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/pdf-0096-fair-credit-reporting-act.pdf

CO HB1106 Rental Application Fees

Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the rental application process for prospective tenants.
Sponsors
Brianna Titone Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Brittany Pettersen
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2019-hb1106/

CO HB1121 Residential Tenancy Procedures

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning protections for residential tenants related to actions by landlords.
Sponsors
Dominique Jackson Iman Jodeh Julie Gonzales Yadira Caraveo Emily Sirota Michael Weissman Tammy Story
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1121/

CO HB1117 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the ability of local governments to promote the development of new affordable housing units pursuant to their existing authority to regulate land use within their territorial boundaries.
Sponsors
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Susan Lontine Julie Gonzales Robert Rodriguez Cathy Kipp Michael Weissman
Last Action
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1117/

CO SB173 Rights In Residential Lease Agreements

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning rights related to residential rental agreements.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Dominick Moreno Yadira Caraveo Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Stephen Fenberg Chris Kolker Brittany Pettersen Tammy Story Faith Winter Monica Duran Dominique Jackson Susan Lontine Dafna Michaelson Jenet Dylan Roberts Emily Sirota Steven Woodrow
Last Action
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb173/

CO HB1351 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the ability of local governments to promote the development of new affordable housing units pursuant to their existing authority to regulate land use within their territorial boundaries.
Sponsors
Susan Lontine Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Julie Gonzales Robert Rodriguez
Last Action
House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1351/

CO SB185 Residential Warranty Of Habitability

Introduced Session

2010 Regular Session

Summary
Residential Warranty Of Habitability
Sponsors
Michael Merrifield Brandon Shaffer
Last Action
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2010-sb185/

CO HB1328 Landlord And Tenant Duties Regarding Bed Bugs

Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning bed bugs in residential premises, and, in connection therewith, establishing duties for landlords and tenants in addressing the presence of bed bugs.
Sponsors
Leslie Herod Robert Rodriguez
Last Action
Governor Signed
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2019-hb1328/

CO HB1410 COVID-19-related Housing Assistance

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning assistance for individuals facing a housing-related hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in connection therewith, transferring money received from the federal government pursuant to the "CARES Act" to the eviction legal defense fund and the housing development grant fund to provide such assistance and making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Thomas Exum Julie Gonzales Rachel Zenzinger
Last Action
Governor Signed
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1410/

CO SB108 Landlord Prohibitions Tenant Citizenship Status

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning a prohibition on a landlord engaging in certain activities related to a tenant's citizenship status.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
Last Action
House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-sb108/

CO HB1397 Landlord Tenant Warranty Of Habitability

Introduced Session

2018 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning modifications to the residential warranty of habitability for the purpose of protecting renters.
Sponsors
Dominique Jackson Dominick Moreno
Last Action
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2018-hb1397/

CO SB002 Housing And Direct COVID Emergency Assistance

Introduced Session

2020 First Special Session

Summary
Concerning temporary assistance for individuals who are facing a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in connection therewith, creating the emergency direct assistance grant program; and transferring money to the emergency direct assistance grant program fund, and to the housing development grant fund, and to the eviction legal defense fund for this assistance; and making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Chris Holbert Thomas Exum Kerry Tipper
Last Action
Governor Signed
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-sb002/

CO SB224 Landlord Prohibitions Tenant Citizenship Status

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning a prohibition on a landlord engaging in certain activities related to a tenant's citizenship status.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-sb224/

CO HB1141 Fees Charged To Tenants By Landlords

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning restrictions on the fees charged by landlords.
Sponsors
Yadira Caraveo Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Julie Gonzales
Last Action
House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1141/

CO HB1405 Funding For Eviction Legal Defense Fund

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning funding the eviction legal defense fund with a filing fee.
Sponsors
Steven Woodrow Faith Winter Jessie Danielson
Last Action
House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1405/

CO HB1017 Tax Credit Unpaid Rental Payments

Introduced Session

2020 First Special Session

Summary
Concerning income tax credits for lost rental payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsors
Richard Holtorf
Last Action
House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1017/

CO HB1170 Residential Tenants Health And Safety Act

Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning increasing tenant protections relating to the residential warranty of habitability.
Sponsors
Dominique Jackson Michael Weissman Angela Williams Jeff Bridges
Last Action
Governor Signed
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2019-hb1170/

CO HB1426 Intentional Misrepresentation Assistance Animal

Introduced Session

2016 Regular Session

Summary
Intentional Misrepresentation Assistance Animal
Sponsors
Dianne Primavera Yeulin Willett John Tate Cheri Jahn
Last Action
Governor Signed
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2016-hb1426/
Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning the ability of local governments to promote the development of new affordable housing units pursuant to their existing authority to regulate land use within their territorial boundaries.
Sponsors

Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Susan Lontine Julie Gonzales Robert Rodriguez Cathy Kipp Michael Weissman

Last Action
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1117/

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning protections for residential tenants related to actions by landlords.
Sponsors

Dominique Jackson Iman Jodeh Julie Gonzales Yadira Caraveo Emily Sirota Michael Weissman Tammy Story

Last Action
Introduced In House – Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1121/

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning rights related to residential rental agreements.
Sponsors

Julie Gonzales Dominick Moreno Yadira Caraveo Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Stephen Fenberg Chris Kolker Brittany Pettersen Tammy Story Faith Winter Monica Duran Dominique Jackson Susan Lontine Dafna Michaelson Jenet Dylan Roberts Emily Sirota Steven Woodrow

Last Action
Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
View Details

https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb173/

Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning bed bugs in residential premises, and, in connection therewith, establishing duties for landlords and tenants in addressing the presence of bed bugs.
Sponsors
Leslie Herod Robert Rodriguez
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2019-hb1328/
Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning assistance for individuals facing a housing-related hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in connection therewith, transferring money received from the federal government pursuant to the “CARES Act” to the eviction legal defense fund and the housing development grant fund to provide such assistance and making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Thomas Exum Julie Gonzales Rachel Zenzinger
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1410/
Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning a prohibition on a landlord engaging in certain activities related to a tenant’s citizenship status.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
Last Action
House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-sb108/
Introduced Session

2018 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning modifications to the residential warranty of habitability for the purpose of protecting renters.
Sponsors
Dominique Jackson Dominick Moreno
Last Action
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2018-hb1397/
Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning the rental application process for prospective tenants.
Sponsors
Brianna Titone Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Brittany Pettersen
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2019-hb1106/
Introduced Session

2020 First Special Session

Bill Summary
Concerning temporary assistance for individuals who are facing a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in connection therewith, creating the emergency direct assistance grant program; and transferring money to the emergency direct assistance grant program fund, and to the housing development grant fund, and to the eviction legal defense fund for this assistance; and making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Chris Holbert Thomas Exum Kerry Tipper
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-sb002/
Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning rights related to residential rental agreements.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Dominick Moreno Yadira Caraveo Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Stephen Fenberg Chris Kolker Brittany Pettersen Tammy Story Faith Winter Monica Duran Dominique Jackson Susan Lontine Dafna Michaelson Jenet Dylan Roberts Emily Sirota Steven Woodrow
Last Action
Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb173/
Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning a prohibition on a landlord engaging in certain activities related to a tenant’s citizenship status.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-sb224/
Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning restrictions on the fees charged by landlords.
Sponsors
Yadira Caraveo Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Julie Gonzales
Last Action
House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1141/
Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning funding the eviction legal defense fund with a filing fee.
Sponsors
Steven Woodrow Faith Winter Jessie Danielson
Last Action
House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1405/
Introduced Session

2020 First Special Session

Bill Summary
Concerning income tax credits for lost rental payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsors
Richard Holtorf
Last Action
House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1017/
Introduced Session

2019 Regular Session

Bill Summary
Concerning increasing tenant protections relating to the residential warranty of habitability.
Sponsors
Dominique Jackson Michael Weissman Angela Williams Jeff Bridges
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2019-hb1170/

Below is a list of laws for landlords in Colorado. New resources, bills and articles are updated daily. You can also type in a Bill Number or Keyword in the search bar to find additional details on laws.

CO HB1117 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the ability of local governments to promote the development of new affordable housing units pursuant to their existing authority to regulate land use within their territorial boundaries.
Sponsors
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Susan Lontine Julie Gonzales Robert Rodriguez Cathy Kipp Michael Weissman
Last Action
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1117/

CO SB123 Expand Canadian Rx Import Program

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning expanding the Canadian prescription drug importation program to include prescription drug suppliers from nations other than Canada upon the enactment of legislation by the United States congress authorizing such practice.
Sponsors
Donald Coram Joann Ginal Michael Lynch Karen McCormick Janet Buckner Jessie Danielson Rhonda Fields Leroy Garcia Julie Gonzales Sonya Jaquez Lewis Chris Kolker Pete Lee Brittany Pettersen Kevin Priola Tammy Story Faith Winter
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb123/

CO HB1089 Assumption Of Risk Liability At Wakeboard Parks

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning legal responsibilities surrounding wakeboarders' use of a wakeboard park.
Sponsors
Matt Soper Janice Rich
Last Action
House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1089/

CO HB1019 Modification To Regulations Of Factory-built Structures

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning modifications to the regulations of factory-built structures.
Sponsors
Edith Hooton Joann Ginal
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1019/

CO SB148 Creation Of Financial Empowerment Office

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the creation of the financial empowerment office in the department of law.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Daneya Esgar Kerry Tipper
Last Action
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb148/

CO HB1229 Home Owners’ Associations Governance Funding Record Keeping

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning increased protections for unit owners in the governance of unit owners' associations under the "Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act".
Sponsors
Naquetta Ricks Brianna Titone Rhonda Fields
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1229/

CO SB039 Elimination Of Subminimum Wage Employment

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the elimination of subminimum wage employment by providing supports to ensure successful transitions for individuals currently working in subminimum wage jobs, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Dennis Hisey Rachel Zenzinger Yadira Caraveo Rod Pelton
Last Action
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb039/

CO SB178 Extend Care Subfund Deadline For COVID-19 Programs

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the extension of the deadline for the expenditure of money from the care subfund in the general fund that corresponds to the extension for allowable state expenditures from the federal coronavirus relief fund.
Sponsors
Dominick Moreno Julie McCluskie
Last Action
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb178/

CO SB249 Keep Colorado Wild Annual Pass

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the creation of an optional discounted parks and public lands access pass that is purchased at the time a motor vehicle is registered, and, in connection therewith, using the pass fees to finance a number of goals of the division of parks and wildlife related to increased conservation of, safety at, and access to state parks and public lands.
Sponsors
Kerry Donovan Stephen Fenberg Kerry Tipper Perry Will Jeff Bridges Chris Hansen Lisa Cutter
Last Action
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb249/

CO HB1276 Prevention Of Substance Use Disorders

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the prevention of substance use disorders.
Sponsors
Leslie Herod Chris Kennedy Brittany Pettersen Kevin Priola
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1276/

CO SB045 Judicial Department Supplemental

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning a supplemental appropriation to the judicial department.
Sponsors
Dominick Moreno Julie McCluskie Chris Hansen Robert Rankin Leslie Herod Kim Ransom
Last Action
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb045/

CO HB1134 Report Tenant Rent Payment Information To Credit Agencies

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning facilitating the reporting of tenants' rent payment information to consumer reporting agencies at the tenants' request.
Sponsors
Mary Bradfield Naquetta Ricks Jeff Bridges Jennifer Bacon
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1134/

CO HB1181 Agricultural Soil Health Program

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the creation of a voluntary soil health program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Karen McCormick Perry Will Cleave Simpson Faith Winter
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Water
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1181/

CO HB1028 Annual Public Report Affordable Housing

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the preparation by the division of housing within the department of local affairs of an annual public report that provides information on money administered by the state to promote the provision of affordable housing.
Sponsors
Shannon Bird Janice Rich Tammy Story Rob Woodward
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1028/

CO HB1244 Restrictions On Collection And Use Of Biometric Info

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning restrictions on the collection and use of biometric information.
Sponsors
Alex Valdez Robert Rodriguez
Last Action
House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1244/

CO HB1271 Department Of Local Affairs Innovative Affordable Housing Strategies

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the establishment of programs offering state assistance to local governments to promote the development of innovative affordable housing strategies in a manner that is compatible with best local land use practices, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Iman Jodeh Julie McCluskie Julie Gonzales
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1271/

CO SB200 Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning measures to further environmental protections, and, in connection therewith, adopting measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and adopting protections for disproportionately impacted communities.
Sponsors
Dominick Moreno Faith Winter Dominique Jackson
Last Action
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb200/

CO HB1187 Long-term Services And Support Case Management Redesign

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the implementation of case management redesign to ensure conflict-free case management for members eligible for long-term services and supports under the medicaid program.
Sponsors
Rod Pelton Mary Young Robert Rankin Faith Winter
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1187/

CO HB1286 Energy Performance For Buildings

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning measures to improve energy efficiency, and, in connection therewith, requiring owners of large buildings to collect and report on energy-use benchmarking data and comply with performance standards related to energy and greenhouse gas emissions and modifying statutory requirements regarding energy performance contracts.
Sponsors
Cathy Kipp Alex Valdez Brittany Pettersen Kevin Priola Tracey Bernett
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1286/

CO HB1121 Residential Tenancy Procedures

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning protections for residential tenants related to actions by landlords.
Sponsors
Dominique Jackson Iman Jodeh Julie Gonzales Yadira Caraveo Emily Sirota Michael Weissman Tammy Story
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1121/

CO HB1108 Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning updates to prohibitions against gender-based discrimination to clarify the individuals who are included in a protected class.
Sponsors
Daneya Esgar Dominick Moreno
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1108/

CO HB1283 Vehicle Towing Consumer Protection

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning measures to address consumer protection concerns regarding vehicle towing.
Sponsors
Edith Hooton Naquetta Ricks
Last Action
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-hb1283/

CO SB173 Rights In Residential Lease Agreements

Introduced Session

2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning rights related to residential rental agreements.
Sponsors
Julie Gonzales Dominick Moreno Yadira Caraveo Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Stephen Fenberg Chris Kolker Brittany Pettersen Tammy Story Faith Winter Monica Duran Dominique Jackson Susan Lontine Dafna Michaelson Jenet Dylan Roberts Emily Sirota Steven Woodrow
Last Action
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2021-sb173/

CO HB1410 COVID-19-related Housing Assistance

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning assistance for individuals facing a housing-related hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in connection therewith, transferring money received from the federal government pursuant to the "CARES Act" to the eviction legal defense fund and the housing development grant fund to provide such assistance and making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez Thomas Exum Julie Gonzales Rachel Zenzinger
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-hb1410/

CO SB078 Dogs On Restaurant Patios

Introduced Session

2020 Regular Session

Summary
Concerning the ability of a person to bring a pet dog onto the premises of a restaurant.
Sponsors
Kerry Donovan Alec Garnett Patrick Neville
Last Action
Governor Signed
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/co-2020-sb078/

Must-Know Colorado Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in Colorado, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding Colorado landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where Colorado landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires Colorado landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used.

It is required by Colorado landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, Colorado state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in Colorado law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

Colorado Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

It is common for Colorado landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Most Colorado landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

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Understanding Colorado laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

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