Effective January 1, 2022, the City and County of Denver is requiring landlords to execute written leases with their tenants, and to provide a copy of the “Denver Tenant Rights & Resources” to any tenant who 1) signs a new lease or 2) is served a rent demand.
The “Denver Tenant Rights & Resources” (Tenant Rights) provides information on the eviction process for tenants, as well as listing their rights and the resources available to them. If you have a property in Denver, you must attach a copy of this five-page Tenant Rights document to all rent demands. You must also provide a copy of this document to all tenants signing new leases on or after January 1, 2022. Failure to comply could result in a municipal violation and a possible tenant defense in any eviction proceeding in Denver.
Our attorneys have provided some practical advice for implementing this new rule:
- If you have already served a rent demand this month without the “Denver Tenant Rights & Resources” document, you need to re-serve it with the document attached. Please use our demand packet (either the 10-day or 30-day) available below and on our website.
- If you have served a rent demand this month and you did provide the “Denver Tenant Rights & Resources,” please fill out this Return of Service and send it to our office with the expired demand for processing the eviction.
- If you are serving a rent demand, the demand as well as the “Denver Tenant Rights & Resources” must be printed out and posted for the tenant.
- You can provide the “Denver Tenant Rights & Resources” document to tenants in electronic form, but only when executing leases, not rent demands.
- You must provide a written lease to a tenant within seven days for all new tenancies that exceed 30 days
The most current version of these forms are available on our website under “Eviction Forms.”
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please include the directional (N, S, E, W) when filling out the address on your rent demands, as the sheriff will not complete a physical eviction without it. Keep in mind that North (N) is no longer implied in an address.