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What Is a Colorado Rental Application?

In Colorado, a rental application is a form used to screen potential tenants to see if they are financially fit and responsible enough to be ideal tenants. Typical information collected from a rental applicant includes name, full address, social security number, and income information.

Though these applications require such sensitive information, they are necessary to gather information on applicants to get an in-depth and uniform look into every applicant’s financial situation and background. A rental application also protects applicants, ensuring that the same information is being collected from everyone.

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The Colorado Rental Application Process

The Colorado rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Colorado, there is no maximum for an application fee (the landlord may ask for any amount), as long as the entire fee is used for actual expenses incurred by the landlord and is comparable to the fee charged to other prospective tenants.

Colorado landlords may ask tenants for any amount as a security deposit; there is no limit.

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A Sample Colorado Rental Application with Examples for Each Step

The rental application should include the following sections:

  • Date and Address of Prospective Property
  • Applicant's Information including full name, social security number, date of birth, phone number(s), and email address
  • Current Address including address, how long has resided at current address, current landlord's name and phone number, the reason for leaving current address, amount of rent at current address
  • Previous Address including address, how long resided at address, previous landlord's name and phone number, the reason for leaving previous address, and amount of rent at the previous address
  • Employment and Income Information including employer's name, address, and phone number, position, monthly income, how long employed, supervisor's name, additional sources (names) and amounts of income, and contact names for additional sources of income
  • Co-Applicant(s) if any, including the same information requested in the applicant's information, current address, previous address, and employment and income information sections above
  • Other Occupants including name, date of birth, and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Pet Information if any
  • Vehicle(s) owned by the applicant(s), including make, year, color, VIN number, license plate number, and state where the vehicle is registered
  • Background Information including prior bankruptcies, willful refusals to pay rent, evictions, and criminal convictions
  • Credit Information including bank name(s), address(es), and account number(s)
  • Emergency Contact including name, address, and relationship to the applicant
  • Personal References including name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant
  • Additional Information including applicant's/co-applicant's driver's license number/state/expiration date, how heard about the property, and any other information that would help evaluate the rental application
  • Dated Agreement and Authorized Signature(s) including consent to a credit/criminal background check and the non-refundable cost of the report

Rental Application Resources for Colorado Tenants

Colorado Housing Connects 

Colorado Legal Services      

Apartment Association of Metro Denver (AAMD)/Renters' Rights and Assistance                                    

Colorado Rental Application Laws

According to Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 38-12-102 to 38-12-104, there are no limits on the amount that a landlord may request as a security deposit from a tenant. However, a landlord must return that deposit, less any fees (such as damages) to the tenant no later than 30 days after the termination of a lease.

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