Your lease or rental agreement should spell out your landlord’s key rent rules, including:
Colorado state laws do not cover most of these rent-related issues.
Rent is legally due on the date specified in your lease or rental agreement (usually the first of the month). If you don’t pay rent when it is due, the landlord may begin charging you a late fee. Colorado state law does not cover late rent fees. If your lease or rental agreement does not say anything about late fees, your landlord may not impose one, no matter how reasonable it is.
Colorado landlords must give tenants at least 10 days’ notice (in writing) to increase rent or change another term of a month-to-month rental agreement. If you have a long-term lease, however, landlords may not increase the rent until the lease ends and a new tenancy begins—unless the lease itself provides for an increase.
Colorado landlords may not raise the rent in a discriminatory manner—for example, only for members of a certain race.
States set specific rules and procedures for ending a tenancy when a tenant has not paid the rent. Colorado landlords must give tenants at least three days in which to pay the rent or move. If the tenant does neither, the landlord can file for eviction.
For an overview of tenant rights when it comes to paying rent under Colorado landlord-tenant law, see http://dola.colorado.gov/app_uploads/docs/Renter_booklet_2009.pdf.
For state rent rules and procedures on issues such as raising rent, see Colo. Rev. Stat. §â