Landlord-Tenant Laws: Boulder Colorado
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Landlord-Tenant Laws: Boulder Colorado – Real Estate
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Landlord tenant laws were created to help outline the rights and duties that each party involved is required to uphold. Theses laws identify exactly how a landlord is responsible for turning over possession of the property to the tenant at the start of their lease as well as how they must abide by a covenant of quiet enjoyment. This means that the landlord does not have the right to interfere with the tenant’s possessory rights to the lease. Additionally tenants are responsible for preserving the premises. This means that they must return the property in the same condition in which they received it. This is why security deposits are required by most property management companies. Tenants also have the duty to pay their rent in a timely fashion. When any of these conditions are broken, there are grounds for a breach of contract which can lead to an eviction.
Eviction is sometimes otherwise known as Forcible Entry and Detainer or FED. This process is not an easy one and it can oftentimes cost a significant amount of money. The eviction process occurs when a court rules a tenant must vacate a property. In the city of Boulder, Colorado this court order is enforceable by the city’s sheriff so that they may monitor the removal of the tenant and their property. Although this process can be a pain it is the only legal means of evicting someone.
In cases where tenants have not paid their rent, landlords must first provide the tenant with a written and signed 3 Day Demand for Compliance or Possession. This gives the tenants the opportunity to pay the past due rent or to move out within the three day time limit. The notice should be posted in a conspicuous place on the property or delivered to a resident who is 18 or older. After the proper notification has been given with no compliance, the landlord then must file an eviction suit with the Boulder County Justice Center.
It is important to note that tenants have the right to refuse payment of rent if landlords are in breach of their side of the contract. This could mean failing to make repairs, keeping the building up to date with the health code, or being invasive into someone’s privacy. There are other grounds for eviction besides non-payment of rent. Such grounds include broken conditions of the lease, repeated or substantial violations of the lease, and roommate problems.
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