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Tenant Rights | Renter Rights | Denver | Aurora | Colorado

10  IMPORATANT  TENANT  RIGHTS

1.)  Tenant may terminate lease under some circumstances for inhabitability after proper notice and landlord's failure to cure. (advance legal advice highly recommended).

 2.)  Tenant may terminate a lease early where sexual assault, sexual abuse, or domestic violence occurred.  Tenant may be responsible for 1 extra month’s rent.

 3.)  A tenant has the right, upon written request to the rental property owner or manager, to a prompt response to requests for repairs.

 4.)  Tenant is required to receive a written signed Three-Day Demand For Compliance Or Possession before landlord files a suit to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent. Tenant has the option of  either  paying the past due rent or moving out within three days. The landlord can serve the tenant this demand by posting a three-day notice in a conspicuous place on the premises or by leaving a copy with a resident in the household over the age of 18.      

 5.)  The deadline for returning a security deposit is one month, unless the lease provides for a longer period, not to exceed 60 days.

 6.)  If the landlord does not return the security deposit or does not send an itemized list of deductions within the required time period, or if the tenant disagrees with the deductions made by the landlord, the tenant may initiate a security deposit action to recover the disputed funds.

 7.)  Landlord may not take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:

 Refuse to rent or sell housing

  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental

 8.)  If you are disabled, landlord may not refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing. (Where reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.)

 9.)  For Low Income Housing Credit Tenants, any fees charged to the resident by landlord must be reasonable and in line with those charged by similar properties.

10.)  A tenant has the right to be given notice prior to any entrance into a rental residence by landlord or his/her agent (except in an emergency).


FAIR  HOUSING  RIGHTS

Understanding Fair Housing Laws


The Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Department of Housing and Urban

Development ("HUD") are jointly responsible for enforcing the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability.  HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) and the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) are the two agencies that receive complaints regarding housing discrimination in Colorado.  Colorado Affordable Legal Services, LLC (CALS) investigates & files complaints of housing discrimination.  CALS works with the housing industry and community members to build general awareness of fair housing law, so individuals are aware of their fair housing rights under law, and so the housing industry is aware of its responsibilities. housing opportunities.  CALS also promotes compliance with fair housing laws.

What Housing Is Covered?

 The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

What Is Prohibited?

In the Sale and Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing
  • Refuse to negotiate for housing
  • Make housing unavailable
  • Deny a dwelling
  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
  • Provide different housing services or facilities
  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
  • For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
  • Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.

Additional Protection if You Have a Disability

If you or someone associated with you:

  • Have a physical or mental disability (including hearing, mobility and visual impairments, chronic alcoholism, chronic mental illness, AIDS, AIDS Related Complex and mental retardation) that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Have a record of such a disability or
  • Are regarded as having such a disability, your landlord MAY  NOT:

1.  Refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing. (Where reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.)

 2.  Refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing.
 
Contact our Tenant Rights, Eviction Defense, Fair Housing, Lawyer/Attorney for Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Thornton, & Commerce City, Colorado today.

 

The information provided is for information purposes only and shall neither be considered to guarantee availability of housing for sale or rent nor shall it be construed to be legal advice or a formation of a lawyer/client relationship. For legal assistance, please seek formal legal advice from a retained attorney. Colorado Affordable Legal Services, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. 

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