Colorado Landlord Tenant Laws for 2024

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2024 CO Laws for Landlords Legislative Update

Colorado Laws for Landlords: Summary of the 2024 Legislative Session

Now that January has begun, we’re right around the corner from the start of Colorado’s 2024 Legislative Session.

January 10, 2024, the most tenant-friendly and landlord-unfriendly Congress will convene and begin to pass new legislation. Here’s an idea of what we expect to see this year.

Rent Control

Last year, a bill that would repeal the state-wide prohibition on rent control policies was narrowly defeated in committee. This year, we expect to see a similar bill introduced again. With changes made to Senate leadership in the Democratic Party, we don’t expect to be able to have votes in any committee to easily kill the bill in committee.

Just Cause Evictions

Last year, we saw a bill to categorize so-called “just-cause evictions” was killed by calendar. The session ran out of time before the bill could either be approved or defeated by Congress. This year, we expect to see similar legislation introduced, and very likely much earlier in the session. Again, with the changes made to committees after last year, defeating this bill will be an uphill battle.

More regulations of “junk fees”

One of the trends we’re seeing nationwide is a crackdown on so-called “junk fees”. In other words, fees that management companies and individual landlords use to generate profit. We saw this start in Colorado a couple of years ago with caps on late fees, and last year limits were placed on pet fees and upcharges on third-party fees. Application fees have also fallen victim to the trend. This year, we expect to see more limits placed on revenue streams funded by tenants.

Increase notice requirements for entry into a rental property

The standard notice required before a landlord can enter a rental property–outside of an emergency–is 24 hours, in writing. We may see a bill come through that increases this notice requirement to 48 or 72 hours instead. While this seems fairly reasonable for most cases, it can allow tenants who are violating the lease or the law ample time to hide away or remove the violation, enabling them to continue their violation. 3 days is plenty of time to arrange for an unauthorized pet to stay with a friend for a few hours, or to clean up the meth lab in the basement.

How can you help?

If any of the above topics is a cause of concern for you, please get involved. If you’re a resident of Colorado, please reach out to your Representative or Senator and express your concerns. Direct feedback from constituents, either by email, letter, or phone call, can be the difference in a vote for or a vote against any given bill.

If you’re looking to support an organization on the front lines, please become a member of the Colorado Landlord Legislative Coalition, the CLLC. As an organization, the CLLC works directly with members of Congress to attend stakeholder meetings, give feedback on bills, and organize testimony directly to committees. The biggest thing you can do to support the CLLC is become a member. When it comes to politics, numbers matter. The bigger an organization can be, the more sway it has.

Stay informed! Informed people can educate others. If you learn about a bill or proposal that concerns you, share it with a friend or two. Pass it along to other family members that are homeowners, or who have rental properties. We want to educate everyone we can, in the hopes of protecting and growing the industry we love.

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Summary of the 2023 Legislative Session
Rent Control
Property
Tax
Protections For Mobile
Veterans And Military Status
Programs To Develop Housing

Colorado Landlord-Tenant Laws You Should Know About

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    Pet rent

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    Marijuana in a Rental Property

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    Emotional Support Animals

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    Affecting Colorado Landlords

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    HB24-1007 Prohibit Residential Occupancy Limits

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    HB24-1051 Towing Carrier Regulation

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    HB24-1011 Mortgage Servicers Disburse Insurance Proceeds

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    HB24-1014 Deceptive Trade Practice Significant Impact Standard

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    HB24-1057 Prohibit Algorithmic Devices used for Rent Setting

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    HB24-1078 Regulation of Community Association Managers

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    HB24-1071 Name Change to Conform with Gender Identity

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    HB24-1085 Limitation on Actions against Appraisers

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    HB24-1091 Fire-Hardened Building Materials in Real Property

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    SB24-005 Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water Conservation

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    SB24-021 Exempt Small Communities from HOA Requirements

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    SB24-033 Lodging Property Tax Treatment

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    SB24-064 Monthly Residential Eviction Data & Report

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    HB23-1115 Concerning the Repeal of Statutory Provisions Prohibiting Local Governments from Enacting Rent Control

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    HB23-1099 Concerning Tenant Screening Documentation for Residential Leases

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    HB23-1095 Concerning Prohibiting the Inclusion of Certain Provisions in Written Rental Agreements

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    HB23-1068 – Pet Ownership in Housing

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    HB23-1095 – Rental Agreement Prohibited Provisions

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    HB22-1416 Property Tax Administrative Procedures

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    HB22-1362 Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    HB22-1282 – The Innovative Housing Incentive Program

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    HB22-1282 – The Innovative Housing Incentive Program

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    HB22-1416 – Property Tax Administrative Procedures

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    HB22-1137 Homeowners’ Association Board Accountability And Transparency

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    HB22-1071 – Damages In Class Actions Consumer Protection Act

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    HB22-1239 – Regulate Community Association Managers

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    HB22-1040 – Home Owners’ Reasonable Access To Common Areas

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    HB22-1102 – Veterans And Military Status In Fair Housing

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    HB22-1287 Protections For Mobile Home Park Residents

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    HB22-1036 Improvement Location Certificate Real Estate Forms

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    HB22-1006 Child Care Center Property Tax Exemption

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    HB22-1218 Resource Efficiency Buildings Electric Vehicles

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    SB22-238 – 2023 And 2024 Property Tax

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    SB22-146 – Middle Income Access Program Expansion

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    SB22-072 – Grants To Incentivize Home Use For Renters

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    SB22-051 Policies To Reduce Emissions From Built Environment

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    SB22-232 Creation Of Colorado Workforce Housing Trust Authority

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    SB22-160 Loan Program Resident-Owned Communities

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    SB22-157 Information Sharing For Consumer Protection Investigation

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    SB22-086 Homestead Exemption And Consumer Debt Protection

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    SB22-063 Property Ownership Fairness Act

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    SB22-060 – Limit Home Owners’ Association Fee Increases For Common Elements

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    SB22-019 – Access To Suppressed Court Eviction Records

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    SB22-059 – Home Owners’ Association Voting Proxy Limitations

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    SB22-159 – Revolving Loan Fund Invest Affordable Housing

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    SB22-231 – Programs To Develop Housing Support Services

Not sure if you need property management? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you up to date on the ever-changing Fair Housing laws, legislation regarding Warranty of Habitability, lead based paint testing and toxic mold policies?
  • Has your property been issued a current Rental Housing License? If not, are you aware of the penalties?
  • Are you familiar with the new laws and legislation affecting your property?
  • Do you understand the complex nature of service, companion and emotional support animals?
  • Are you concerned about the recent legalization of marijuana and how this impacts you as the Landlord and your property?
  • Do you clearly understand the laws regarding security deposit dispositions and the interest due to the tenant?
  • Are you concerned about the possibility of a tenant suing you…and winning? It’s happening more and more every day.
  • Do you want to deal with late payments, bounced checks, and collecting rent in general?
  • Do you dread confrontation with tenants? How are they maintaining the property? Are they paying their rent on time?
  • Do you cross your fingers, hoping that you won’t have to deal with the exhaustive move-out, advertising, and move-in processes that occur between tenants?
  • Do you struggle with advertising and showing your vacant property?
  • Are you prepared to take applications, run credit, and perform background checks?
  • Do you have a way to screen potential tenants
  • Are you frustrated with the calls and fines by the Homeowners Association or the City of Denver for something that you didn’t know about?
  • Do you sometimes feel that you spend too much of your time collecting checks, paying vendors, and performing all of the accounting necessary on your rental?

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