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Important Update on Evictions: Boulder County Courts will not hear any eviction cases until after May 31, 2020. This includes residential and business evictions.

The only way a landlord can terminate a lease and evict a tenant from any type of rental property is by going through a Forced Entry and Detainer (FED) legal action to obtain a court order requiring the tenant to vacate the property. It is never legal for a landlord to evict a tenant without a court order. Self-help by a landlord is illegal in Colorado. Evictions are governed by Colorado law under C.R.S. §13-40-101 et seq. Click here to download the Eviction Process Overview.

Reasons for Eviction 

A landlord may initiate an eviction action against a tenant for the following reasons:  

  • Tenant has failed to pay rent 
  • Tenant has violated a term of the lease 
  • Tenant has committed a substantial violation while in possession of the rental premises, 
  • which may include, for example, a violent or drug-related felony on or near the rental property or an act on or near the rental property which substantially endangers a person or the landlord’s property (see C.R.S. §13-40-107.5) 
  • Tenant refuses to leave the rental after the end of the lease, which includes a month-to-month tenant staying on after the landlord has given required notice that the lease will not be renewed at the end of the month


  • 10 Day Demand Notice for Non-Payment of Rent OR
    Non-Monetary Lease Violation
  • 3 Day Notice for Substantial Violation
  • Second Notice to Quit - 10-days notice to move
  • Notice to Quit - Tenant has 21 or more days to
    move out (depends on lease terms)
If tenant does not pay or
move, landlord files for
eviction in Court and
serves tenant with
Complaint and Summons
If Judgment for Possession
is entered, landlord can
have Sheriff assist tenant
from rental if not moved
out within 48 hours of time
order entered

The Eviction Process


  • Tenant has failed to pay rent
  • Tenant has violated a term of the lease  
  • Tenant refuses to leave the rental property after the end of the lease, or
  • Tenant at will


  • The 10-day Notice states that the tenant must “cure” or fix the lease violation or vacate the rental property
    within 10 days. Weekends/holidays count, but the next day must follow a business day. The 10-day notice
    must be a written demand.
  • If the tenant pays the rent or fixes a first time non-monetary lease violation with in the 10-day period, the
    landlord must accept the money or the correction and cannot evict the tenant. If the tenant fails to pay or
    correct the violation or does not give up possession of the rental property then the tenant is subject to
  • If the tenant does not pay rent, cure the violation, or move out in 10 days, the landlord may fi le a Force
    Entry and Detainer (“FED”) action with the court. The landlord may file without the assistance of an


Complete and file a “Complaint in Forcible Entry and Detainer” and “Summons”. This can be obtained at the
Boulder County Courthouse in Longmont or Boulder or at The Court Clerk will set
the case for a “return date” or court date on the next Friday more than seven days after the fi ling. The landlord
must serve the tenants with a copy of the Compliant and the Summons by either:

  • Personal service
  • Service by posting and mailing

Either form of service must be done by either the Sheriff ’s Department, or a private process server, or someone over the age of 18 who is not involved in the case. Make sure that the Return of Service portion of the Summons is completed by the individual doing the service. If posting and mailing, post the Complaint and Summons in a conspicuous place and then mail the Complaint and Summons to the tenant by the next day.

Both the landlord and tenant should go to Court on the return date with all necessary paperwork (for example: Complaint, Summons, 10-day Notice, Return of Service, Answer, lease, and any records of payment or documents supporting the landlord’s reason(s) for eviction or the tenant’s defense(s).) Both the landlord and tenant should be ready to explain in a brief, concise way why the eviction should (landlord) or should not (tenant) be ordered.

Completing and Filing an Answer

The tenant has the right to file an “Answer” before the return date. The Answer includes the tenant’s defense(s), and counterclaim. If desired, the tenant may request a jury trial by paying the jury fee (please check with the Court Clerk for the amount of the current filing and jury fees, as they are subject to change). All answers require a filing fee.

Go to Court on the Return Date

It is important that both the landlord and the tenant appear in Court.  If the tenant does not appear and the landlord can prove to the Court that the lease has been violated, the Court can, and most likely will, enter the eviction order without the tenant(s) being present. 

Consider Mediation

At any point throughout the eviction process, a landlord and tenant can choose to utilize mediation services to attempt a resolution. Mediation is often more efficient and less expensive than litigation and allows parties to craft their own agreement. To find out more about how mediation may be an option for your situation, contact us at 303-651-8444.

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