How to Report Your Landlord in Colorado With DoNotPay

Landlord Protection How to Report Your Landlord in Colorado With DoNotPay

How to Report Your Landlord in Colorado With DoNotPay

If you've tried speaking with your landlord about a problem on the property you rent, or even have sent a written letter and haven't gotten a response, you may want to know how to  so you can finally get results. Under Colorado law, as in other states, landlords and tenants alike have both rights and responsibilities about how they interact with each other and the property they have in common.

Unfortunately, sometimes a landlord does not abide by these rules. Though Colorado's laws are generally more supportive of landlords than of tenants, you have the right to

Colorado Landlord-Tenant Laws

Landlord-tenant laws describe the rights and responsibilities both landlords and tenants must follow.

Landlord’s ResponsibilitiesTenant’s Responsibilities
  • Maintaining properties in habitable condition — that is, a safe, livable home including a roof that doesn't leak, adequate heating and plumbing, and necessary locks
  • Following the Lease Agreement
  • Making repairs in a reasonable amount of time
  • Properly handling security deposits
  • Notifying the tenant if and when they must enter the property
  • Treating tenants equally, in compliance with federal, state, and local Fair Housing regulations
  • Paying rent and any utilities on time
  • Following the Lease Agreement
  • Notifying the landlord of needed repairs, especially ones that may cause property damage
  • Abiding by the law
  • Giving your landlord proper notice (28 days minimum in Colorado) if you plan to move out

What Are Your Rights as a Tenant in Colorado

In Colorado, as in other states, you have rights to protect you as a tenant. These rights include:

  • A safe, habitable home that has a roof that doesn't leak, working heating and plumbing, locks on doors, in a structurally sound building that meets safety and building codes
  • Being treated fairly, without discrimination, which in Colorado means you cannot be discriminated against for housing because of your: race, gender, family status, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin
  • Notifications if your landlord or workers need to enter your property
  • Adequate notification of changes in your rental, including the amount of rent, a new owner, eviction proceedings, not renewing your lease, or other changes to your rental agreement
  • Having needed repairs done in a reasonable amount of time
  • Right to terminate your lease — in Colorado you must generally give a minimum of 28 days' notice, but it can be a shorter time under certain circumstances such as domestic violence or being called to active military duty

Why Report Your Colorado Landlord?

A good landlord can make your life easier, but a bad landlord can cause you no end of problems, and reporting them may be your best bet to resolve your problems and maybe prevent someone else from having the same experience. Common reasons to file a complaint against a landlord include:

  • Not making repairs — Your landlord is required to make the repairs you request in a reasonable amount of time. For major problems that are a risk to your health or safety, your landlord has 24 to 96 hours to fix them.
  • Keeping your security deposit — Your landlord must return your security deposit within a reasonable time, usually 30-60 days of the lease ending, unless it was withheld for legitimate expenses (unpaid rent or utilities, damaged beyond regular wear and tear, cleaning fees, etc.).
  • Entering without appropriate notice — If your landlord or someone they authorize is entering your property without giving you adequate notice (usually 24 hours) or at an unusual time, unless you've agreed to it, this can be considered an invasion of privacy or harassment.
  • Noise — While noise is often beyond your landlord's control, some noise concerns should be addressed by them. Excessive or chronic noise problems, such as from residents in a neighboring unit under your landlord's ownership or from a faulty alarm system that interfere with your enjoyment of your home should be resolved.

How to Report Your Landlord on Your Own in Colorado

Before reporting your landlord, you'll want to make sure that you are following the terms of your lease, current on rent, and in compliance with any local, state, and federal laws regarding tenant responsibilities. Instead of jumping directly to reporting your landlord, you should contact them and give them a chance to fix whatever the problem is (normally 24 hours to 30 days, depending on severity). For best results, try in person or by phone first, and if that doesn't work, send a letter. Many times just the threat of being reported to authorities is enough to encourage a landlord to fix a problem, but if you do need to report them, here's how.

How you report your landlord will depend mostly on what the problem is.

  1. If your landlord discriminates you, your complaint should go to the US government's Department of Housing and Urban Development. If your landlord has violated your renters' rights in other ways, you can report them through the Colorado Civil Rights Division, local health department, or you can sue them.
  2. Gather copies of any written notification you've already given your landlord.
  3. Make a list of the problems, when they occurred, their effect on living there, and any steps you've taken to resolve them.
  4. Take photographs of the problem if it's visible, such as mold, a leaky roof, broken locks, etc.
  5. Carefully read your lease agreement.
  6. Contact the relevant agency or a lawyer if you plan to start legal proceedings against your landlord.

Next Steps to Report Your Landlord in Colorado if You Can’t Do It Yourself

Choosing how you report your landlord depends on the problem you're having, what response, if any, you've received from your landlord and what steps you're willing to take. Be aware that landlords may not attempt to evict you or retaliate in any way for reporting them. Both sides have rights and responsibilities in any landlord-tenant dispute.

Easily Report Your Landlord With DoNotPay

Whether you want help with how to report your landlord or resolve other problems related to the property you rent, DoNotPay is here to help. Our Landlord Protection solutions can help you resolve such problems as:

How to Report Your Landlord With DoNotPay in 4 Easy Steps

By just answering a few questions in our Landlord Protection tool, you can make it easy to report your landlord or take other action to resolve your rental problems.

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.


  2. Select which issue applies to you.


  3. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.


  4. hoose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.

Now you can simply sit back and wait for your landlord's response.

Why Use DoNotPay to Report Your Landlord and All of Your Landlord-Tenant Issues

People across your area are already using DoNotPay's powerful solutions to simplify their lives because they're:

  • Efficient — You save lots of time you'd otherwise spend filling out forms, tracking down information and procedures, and more.
  • Easy to Use — Point, click, answer some questions, and you're on your way.
  • Effective — DoNotPay's services have a proven track record of success, so you can be confident that your problems will be resolved well.

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DoNotPay is so much more than a solution to your landlord problems. With DoNotPay, you can do so much, including:

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