Colorado Springs, CO asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Colorado

Q: is there a law in Colorado allowing someone who has made improvements to a piece of property to own it or take it

abandoned home that my husband and I was told we could stay in. Now the lady wants us to move but we have made some outstanding improvements to the place and she is breaking a verbal contract

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Bruce Alexander Minnick

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A: No. Unless Colorado law is different from Florida law (not very likely), everything legal involving real property (like the house you live in) must be in writing; oral agreements are not enforceable. However, out of an abundance of caution, I advise you to call a Colorado real estate lawyer and ask them if Colorado still recognizes "squatters rights."

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