Colorado Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Colorado Residential Lease Agreement Template is a legal document that shall outline a rental agreement between a landlord/property manager, the terms and conditions regarding what should be expected of both parties. The laws in the state of Colorado, states that if a tenant will rent/lease for more than 12 months, the agreement must be written.

The agreement will set forth all of the terms of the ie: rental amount, any additional deposits, rules for maintenance, pet policies, compliance with state laws, multiple tenants and much more. The landlord/property manager must complete the document by entering all the required information into the fields provided and make any preferable selections. Once completed, the document must be agreed to by the tenant(s) and all tenant(s) over the age of 18 years, must apply signature(s) in agreement to all aspects of the document. No notarization is required, however, tenants must receive a copy of all pages of the document.

Laws – Title 38 > Article 12 (Tenant & Landlord)

HandbookColorado Landlord-Tenant Handbook (PDF)

How to Write

Step 1 – The Parties – download the document and begin by submitting the following information:

  • The landlord’s name
  • Landlord’s street address
  • The City of residence
  • The State of residence
  • AND
  • Enter the names of all tenants who shall occupy the premises

Step 2 – Occupants –

  • Submit the names of additional persons who shall reside on the premises, outside of the named tenants

Step 3 – Offer to Rent – Provide the following:

  • The type of residence (ie: house, apartment, condo)
  • The mailing address to the rental property
  • The City where the property is located
  • Submit the number of bathrooms
  • Enter the number of bedrooms

Step 4 – Purpose –

  • The tenants must review and agree to the statement

Step 5 – Furnishings –

  • If there will be furnishings, the landlord must check the box and specify the furnishing that will be made available to the tenant(s)
  • If there will be no furnishings, check “not furnished”

Step 6 – Appliances –

  • If the landlord will provide appliances, check the box and specify what appliances will be provided
  • If there will be no appliances provided, check the box indicating that there will be no appliances provided.

Step 7 – Lease Term and Rent –

  • Submit the commencement date in dd/m/yy format
  • Submit the ending date – dd/m/yy
  • AND
  • Enter the monthly amount to be paid as “rent”
  • Enter the day of each month that the rent will be due
  • Provide specifications with regard method of payment and an address where the rental payment must be received

Step 8 – Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF Checks) and Late Fees –

  • Check the box that best indicates what should be expected in a check is returned to the landlord
  • If checking the first box in this section, enter the fee to be paid to the landlord
  • AND
  • Select the box pertaining to late fees – If there shall be a penalty imposed, enter the amount to be applied to the rental payment
  • Enter the number of days beyond the date due each month, that the tenant may pay before the rent is considered “late” – if there is no “grace period” place “0” (zero) in the line provided
  • If there will be no fee penalty, check the box

Step 9 – First Month’s Rent, Prepayment, Proration Period, Security Deposit – Submit the following information:

  • Check the box that would indicate when the first (1st) month’s rent shall be due

Pre-Payment –

  • Should the tenant(s) be required to prepay – Check the box and enter the amount to be paid in advance
  • Enter the start date of the agreement in dd/m/yy format
  • Enter the ending date in dd/m/yy format (If no prepayment is required, check the box indicating that no prepayment is required)

Proration Period –

  • Should the tenant(s) move in prior to the start date of the lease, check the box
  • Enter the actual move-in date – dd/m/yy
  • Submit the pro-rated amount due on move in
  • If the tenant shall not move in prior to the lease date specified, check the box

Security Deposit –

  • The landlord must enter the dollar amount of the expected security deposit
  • Enter the number of days that the deposit (or portion thereof) shall be returned once the tenants have moved out

Proceed by reviewing the following Titled Sections –

  • Possession
  • Access

Move in Inspection –

  • Check the box indicating agreement between the landlord and tenant (Agree to inspect or agree not to inspect)
  • Subletting
  • Abandonment
  • Assignment

Parking –

  • If checking box one(1) enter the number of spaces available for use by the tenants  – enter the parking space fee – Check the box stating when the fees are due (if any) OR – Check the box stating that the landlord shall not provide parking
  • Right of Entry

Sale of Property –

  • Landlord must check the applicable box and enter the days allowed for the tenant to move in the event of a sale of the property

Utilities –

  • Specify the utilities that shall be paid by the landlord (if any)
  • Maintenance, Repairs or Alterations

Early Termination –

  • Check the applicable box and state the number of days that the tenant shall have available to place a notice to vacate in writing to the landlord – If the tenant will never have a right to early termination, check the box

Pets –

  • If pets are allowable check the box allowing the right to have pets – enter the allowable number of pets – state the pets that shall reside with the tenant(s) – Enter the animal’s weight – Enter the pet fee amount – Check the box indicating whether the deposit will be refundable or non-refundable
  • AND
  • Noise/Waste
  • Guests

Smoking Policy –

  • If smoking shall be allowed, check the box allowing the tenant’s to smoke – If specific areas are allowed, enter those locations or Check the box prohibiting smoking
  • AND
  • Compliance with Law
  • Default
  • Mulitple Tenant(s) or Occupant(s)
  • Disputes
  • Severability
  • Surrender of Premises
  • Retaliation
  • Waiver
  • Equal Housing
  • Hazardous Materials

Waterbeds –

  • Check the applicable box, indicating whether or not the tenant(s) would be allowed to use waterbeds
  • AND
  • Indemnification
  • Covenants

Notices –

  • Both the landlord and tenant(s) must provide, one to the other, their physical mailing addresses, to ensure that all written notices may be properly received by one another

Agent/Manager –

  • If the landlord shall have a manager on the premises, enter their telephone number and email address. Enter the maintenance/repair contact telephone number and email address
  • AND
  • Premises Uninhabitable

Lead Paint –

  • Check the applicable box to provide notice to the tenant(s)
  • Governing Law

Additional Terms and Conditions _

  • Enter any additional terms, conditions or information in the lines provided
  • AND
  • Entire Agreement

Step 10 – Landlord and Tenant Signatures –

  • Submit the date whereas signatures shall be applied in dd/m/yy format
  • Landlord must enter their signature
  • Date of landlord’s signature in mm/dd/yyyy format
  • Provide the landlord’s printed or typed name(s)
  • All tenant(s) over the age of 18 years must provide the respective tenant’s signature
  • Respective tenant’s printed name
  • Date of each tenant’s signature in mm/dd/yyyy format

Step 11 – Amount Due at Signing – Submit the following:

  • Amount of Security Deposit
  • First Month’s Rent
  • Parking Fee
  • Pet Deposit Fee
  • Pre-Payment of Rent (if any)
  • Proration Amount (if any)