Rifle, CO asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado

Q: evicted for having a esa/therapy animal. landlord lying saying im not evicted but gave me 30 days to get out. help.

drs say esa animal for child. lease said no pets. childs health worsened. we get cat 2018. landlord knows, cat has to go, i comply, had inspection, passed, no damages. they renewed lease. 7/2019 friend can no longer keep cat for me. I take cat back. 7/18/19 child hospitalized 1 week. cat important part of therapy again. 8/1/19 pay rent, confronted about cat I explained. they say lease broke, evicted. I say ESA. compromise? inspection 8/5. ANY damages 3 day eviction. upset call dr, given signed letter stating ESA needed for THERAPY, turn in letter in 2 hrs of rent paid. THEY move inspection to 8/2, say should've brought paper sooner. 8/2 results? NO damage! later property man calls "30 days to vacate. get out. but told sec 8 not evicting her, but not renewing lease" (lease ends oct 2019). 8/18 recieve CERTIFIED letter dated 8/1 "eviction for having cat. lease broke. no pets. pay $500, cat out now. you out 30 days" call office, they say "that's not bc esa." i ask why they won't tell me

1 Lawyer Answer
Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: You need a lawyer. Sometimes a letter from an experienced animal attorney, one who specializes in ESAs and service animals, especially, is enough to put a hold on the eviction and stop it. But you definitely need legal counsel.

Your statement was a little confusing, though. If it’s an eviction, a lawyer can definitely help. But if it’s a matter of not renewing the lease after your original

Lease term expired, there is not much you can do because that’s a matter of personal choice by the landlord. Again, I would recommending consulting with an attorney.

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