No one likes to talk about tenant eviction in Denver, CO, but it’s something you need to understand as a local landlord. Most evictions occur for one of two reasons; either the tenant is not paying rent, or there is something going on that violates your lease agreement.
Three Day Notice for Nonpayment of Rent
Colorado law requires you to serve a 3 Day Notice when you have a tenant who is not paying rent. You need to deliver this notice in person at the property. Hand-deliver it to anyone who answers the door and then document who accepted it, as well as the date and time that it was delivered. When no one answers the door, you can post the notice on the front door. It’s a good idea to document the time and the date that you posted the notice. Take a picture with your smart phone so you can record when it was posted.
Filing for an Eviction Hearing
When the three days come and go and your tenant still hasn’t paid rent, your next step is to file for an eviction hearing at the courthouse. You’ll need to visit the court in the county where your property is located. Expect to wait a week or more for the hearing to be scheduled. We always recommend that you hire an eviction attorney at this point. Lawyers experienced in landlord tenant law are reasonably priced, and you’ll get a lot of experience and peace of mind for your fee. You won’t have to wait a terribly long time to get a nonpaying tenant out of your property. When done properly with the help of an attorney, your eviction will likely not last more than 30 days.
Evicting for Lease Violations
There are additional notices necessary when you’re evicting a tenant who has violated the lease. You will have the option of hand-delivering the notices or posting them on the door. Deadlines and timelines are incredibly important at this point in the eviction process, so make sure you understand what needs to be done. You will need to serve three notices throughout the process, and the tenant will need to have time to correct whatever action is bringing about the eviction.
If you have any questions about the eviction process in Denver, please contact Alborz Real Estate.