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Legal Information: Colorado

Housing Laws

Updated: 
September 13, 2018

Who is protected by these housing laws? What protections do these laws offer?

Colorado offers various housing/tenancy-related laws that protect victims of abuse.

First, your landlord cannot terminate your lease, fine you, or otherwise penalize you for calling the police or other emergency assistance in response to domestic violence, domestic abuse, unlawful sexual behavior, or stalking.  Furthermore, you cannot give up your right to call the police or other emergency assistance for help during your tenancy.1

Second, you may terminate your lease early if you:

  1. Want to vacate (leave) your apartment/house because you are afraid that you and/or your children face immediate danger as a result of domestic violence, domestic abuse, unlawful sexual behavior, or stalking;
  2. Notify your landlord in writing that you are a victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse; and
  3. Give your landlord one of the following documents:
    • a police report written within the past 60 days documenting the domestic violence, domestic abuse, unlawful sexual behavior, or stalking; 
    • a valid protection order;
    • in the case of domestic violence, domestic abuse, or unlawful sexual behavior, a written statement from an application assistant or a medical professional who confirms that s/he has examined or consulted with the victim and that s/he is a victim of one of these forms of abuse; or
    • in the case of stalking, a written statement from an application assistant  who confirms that s/he has consulted with the victim and that s/he is a victim of stalking.2

Note: You may have to pay one month’s rent for the month after you leave the residence.3  See Once I terminate my lease, will I owe the landlord any money? for more information.

Lastly, you may not be evicted solely because you are a victim of domestic violence, domestic abuse, unlawful sexual behavior, or stalking (although you can be evicted for other reasons).4

1 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 38-12-402(1)
2 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 38-12-402(2)(a),(a.5)
3 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 38-12-402(2)(b)
4 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 38-12-402(3)