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What Is a Colorado Month-to-Month Lease Agreement?

A Colorado month-to-month lease is a short-term rental agreement between a landlord and tenant. A month-to-month tenancy renews at the beginning of each month. Although it is technically only 30 days in length, the parties may find it so invaluable of an arrangement that they make the end date indefinite.

A month-to-month lease must comply with Colorado landlord-tenant laws. Additionally, a month-to-month rental agreement should include the same terms as a fixed-term rental lease agreement, including:

  • The amount of the monthly rent and when the month's rent is due
  • The amount of the late fee
  • The amount of the security deposit
  • Rent increases
  • Whether subletting the rental property is allowed
  • The occupancy information for the rental unit
  • The parking policy
  • The pet policy
  • The notice period for lease termination for move out
  • How to deliver a written notice
  • Eviction information

What Laws Apply to Colorado Month-to-Month Lease Agreements?

Colorado month-to-month lease agreements are governed by Title 38 Article 12 Tenants and Landlords. However, Colorado law does not limit the amount of money that a landlord may charge as a security deposit. However, according to §38-12-103, the landlord must return the security deposit within 60 days of the renter’s move out unless they move out because of a hazardous condition. Then, they must return the deposit within 72 hours according to §38-12-104. The landlord can keep some or all of the security deposit to repair damages to the rental real estate that exceed normal wear and tear. Suppose the landlord keeps any of the security deposit to repair the rental unit. In that case, they must provide the renter with an itemized statement explaining the repairs that were made in detail.  

Landlords and property managers should seek legal advice to make sure they understand the state laws and federal laws that impact residential lease agreements. In addition to the laws of the State of Colorado, cities and towns may have laws that landlords must follow, too. Reviewing the terms of the lease with an attorney can be very beneficial.

Terminating a Colorado Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

According to §13-40-107, the notice period for lease termination of a Colorado month-to-month lease depends on the length of time that the tenant has resided on the property. If the tenant has lived on the property for:

  • One year or longer, 90 days' notice
  • Six months or longer, but less than one year, 28 days' notice
  • One month or longer, but less than six months, 21 days' notice
  • One week or longer, but less than one month, three days' notice
  • One week or longer, but less than one month, one day's notice

The lease termination must be a written notice.

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