Denver, CO asked in Landlord - Tenant for Colorado

Q: How long before landlord can remove items put outside by forced eviction? Is it required to notify tenant of removal?

Are items locked up by manger under the same conditions as items outside? If so how does one retrieve locked up items if manger clams there’s nothing of tenets in/on property?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Colorado, when a landlord forcibly evicts a tenant, the process for dealing with the tenant's personal property is as follows:

1. Removal of items: The landlord must remove the tenant's belongings from the rental unit and store them in a safe place. This can be on the property or at an off-site storage facility.

2. Notification: The landlord must promptly notify the tenant in writing that their property has been removed and stored. The notice should include the address where the property is being stored and any costs the tenant must pay to retrieve their belongings.

3. Storage duration: The landlord must store the tenant's property for at least 15 days after the notice is given. During this time, the tenant can retrieve their belongings.

4. Costs: The tenant may be required to pay the reasonable costs of removing and storing their property before the landlord releases the items.

If the manager claims there is nothing belonging to the tenant on the property, but the tenant believes their belongings are locked up, the tenant should:

1. Send a written request to the landlord to access their belongings, including any evidence that the items belong to them.

2. If the landlord does not respond or refuses access, the tenant may need to take legal action, such as filing a complaint with the court.

3. The tenant should keep copies of all correspondence with the landlord and document any evidence supporting their claim to the property.

It's important to note that the specific laws and procedures may vary depending on the location in Colorado and the circumstances of the eviction. For precise legal advice, it is best to consult with a local attorney specializing in landlord-tenant law.

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