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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: can i put a non-refundable pet fee in my lease in colorado?

i know in Colorado security deposits have to be refundable, and so does pet deposits, but can i put a pet fee on my lease that can be non-refundable? just wondering if that's legal in Colorado

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Mar 31, 2020

Yes - You can use a Non-Refundable Pet Fee in Colo.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: How much in average does it cost to draft up a two part buyer and assignment contract
James Alan Greer
James Alan Greer answered on Mar 25, 2020

Contract Request: if I understand your question, you need a Purchase Contract (?) for real estate (?) with two buyers, and then a subsequent assignment of that contract (?). We offer Fixed Fee for transactional work of this nature. It would be less than $1000.00. But I'd really need to get a full... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Colorado on
Q: can a person reduce or rescind a monetary offer made via a letter written by their lawyer?

a letter was drawn up but not given to me for a monetary offer. The person has decided to lower their offer. I have seen said letter

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Mar 17, 2020

The offeror can change or rescind his offer until that offer is accepted and becomes an agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Will memo line on a check serve binding on a real estate sale with no official sales contract?

I purchased land on October 29th, 2018 and on the memo line I wrote "purchase of 40 acres balance approximately 41,000". The total price was 121,000.00 and I put 80,000.00 down and rest to be paid at closing. Seller hears that I have an enormous offer and begins figuring a way to maintain... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Mar 1, 2020

Is it good enough? It is certainly better than nothing. It is likely that the check along with testimony will be sufficient to prevail. You have an an issue that all contracts for the purchase and sell of real estate in CO must be in writing, as such if the opposing smells a big profit you need... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Products Liability for Colorado on
Q: Zales lost an heirloom ring I took in to get repaired .. what are my options what can I expect
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 29, 2020

As a first step, you could check whether they have any agreements or contracts that address property left for their safekeeping. You could also consult with Colorado attorneys familiar with bailments. Entities sometimes carry insurance for such losses - that's an individual decision on their part.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Colorado on
Q: When a builder is building a new subdivision - who is responsible for building retaining walls -the developer or the HO

There is an area behind four homes in our area that is a very steep, collapsing hill. The home buyers understood from a design plan that the developer would build retaining walls to prevent the hills collapse. Our builder is now saying it is the responsibility of the HOA - not him

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Feb 10, 2020

Who owns and is thus responsible for the retaining wall? Generally, a builder initially owns all common areas, but at some point in the development process the developer assigns ownership of the common areas to the HOA. After this assignment the HOA owns the common areas/walls and is responsible... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Colorado on
Q: How best can 3 individuals located in 2 different U.S. states and the UK form a viable business?

The three of us are all small business marketing coaches, working under individual DBA's and or LLC's. We want to know how best we can merge our resources together into some kind of partnership, business or entity. We're unsure what the best approach is considering the various differences in... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 3, 2020

Justia is a wonderful free online legal forum established to allow members of the general public to ask general legal questions to experienced lawyers who volunteer their valuable time to do so. Your important small business question is much to important--and too complicated--to be solved online.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Colorado on
Q: I am having trouble with a Timeshare company adjusting my interest rate after I deployed in 2016? It is in the SCRA?

I am trying to get the SilverLeaf Company to adjust my interest rate when I deployed and they are refusing.

Michael Hales
Michael Hales answered on Jan 28, 2020

This probably requires some negotiation, either by your or your attorney. I don't know that they're contractually or legally obligated to do so, but it might be worth having an attorney review the documents you have.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Contracts for Colorado on
Q: Does underwriting really need transaction history from who is giving a "gift" for FHA

Buying a house and my husband and I don't qualify for conventional - however my father is gifting me money as a graduation gift for down-payment and we have FHA. Underwriting is demanding my father's bank statement with ALL transactions and he will not give up that information non-redacted. Is... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 6, 2019

The mortgage loan underwriting process--especially when it is an FHA government guaranteed loan--will require proof of income from all sources because FHA will not allow borrowers to borrow any of the down payment from any source.

In this case--since you have told the FHA that your father...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Can a landlord sell the property you're renting, if you have a standing year lease?

This is actually the second time our landlord has done this. We live in a duplex, and our land lord posted it for sell without notifying us. What happens when it sells and changes hands?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 3, 2019

Yes a landlord can sell the property. The buyer must honor your lease.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: If I bought my home on a contract between the owner and I and have made all payments can I sell the property?

My buyer has cash but wants to use a land trust company to purchase. Can this work?

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Nov 19, 2019

If you have purchased the home, then yes, you can sell it. But, your question seems to indicate that your seller has never delivered title to you. In order to sell you'll need to deliver title to the buyer. Hopefully, your seller will cooperate.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Colorado on
Q: can breeder require me to purchase a specific brand of food for a 2-4 year period?

the breeder is apart of a multi level marketing company that represent the food that is being required with the purchase of the dog

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Nov 8, 2019

Probably not, most breeder contracts are not enforceable. The problem is that you may have to spend 4 or 5 months in litigation to find out.

I would suggest not dealing with a breeder that wants you to sign a contract they pulled off some fly by night website or who is running an MLM. If...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: With a current month-to-month lease after lease expiration and couple separated, can I create new lease with one party?

Married couple rented my home in 2014, they have recently separated and he moved out. She wants to remain but is requesting a new lease with him left off. They renewed their lease in 2017 but are currently living month to month after that lease expired in 2018. I want to ensure he can't come after... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Nov 5, 2019

Yes you can. Just properly terminate the current Month to Month before creating a new lease with only one party moving forward.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Rent to own. Oral contract. Fully paid the property off now Parents getting divorce and father refuses to sign over

I took a HELOC loan on my other property to pay this property off per our agreement after I paid the property off my parents are now getting a divorce and my mother agrees to the the agreement we had and is willing to sign over the property of to me but my father is not. We had an oral agreement... Read more »

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Oct 30, 2019

You may have some rights and remedies. I recommend that you contact an attorney to discuss the exact facts, agreements, evidence, willingness of Mom to cooperate, etc. Then you'll be able to make a decision about how to move forward in demanding your property.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation and White Collar Crime for Colorado on
Q: What can happen to a notary that notarizes completely blank POA's? He tells people to fill them out later.

This guy works for the county jail. He passes them out to inmates. What can happen to him? I know this is wrong. They are complete blank, nothing filled out. He just notarizes them like this.

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 14, 2019

In my jurisdiction he would lose his ability to be a notary; if he's a licenced paralegal or lawyer there would be sanctions from the law society; depending on the context and extent there could be criminal charges for breach of duty or fraud.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: Can I charge an additional monthly fee for double occupancy?

I have a room in my primary residence posted for rent as a single occupancy lease. I am open to double occupancy but would only consider it with an additional fee. Is this legal? What would I need to add in the lease agreement?

Donald C Eby
Donald C Eby answered on Sep 18, 2019

You can charge more if a unit is to be occupied by more than one person or a person and a pet.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: We live in a house and our lease expired and we’re assuming we were now on a month to month lease. We would like to know

How much time we have to give our landlord before we can move out? Our lease says nothing about what happens at the end of the lease or if it expires. It also says nothing about a set amount of time we need to give her before we move out. It’s very barebones it seems.

James Newell
James Newell answered on Aug 21, 2019

Assuming your rent was due every month (e.g., on the first day of each month) you would have a month-to-month tenancy following the expiration of the agreed upon lease term. Because nothing is mentioned in your lease regarding notice, the default rule is that you may terminate your tenancy by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Colorado on
Q: How can I change my power of attorney to another person?

My boyfriend, who is hospitalized currently, signed paperwork giving his daughter power of attorney. She immediately went to his bank and locked him out of his account. He didn't understand this and wants control back. How does he take her off and name someone else?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 16, 2019

He has to notify his daughter in writing that her power of attorney has been revoked. Then he can hire a lawyer to write a new POA naming you.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Contracts and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: can I get criminal charges for not returning a vehicle I have financed but haven’t Piad

They have tried to repo it and now I have an investigator calling me threatening a felony.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 7, 2019

You are standing in a large pile of deep do-do. Hire a criminal defense lawyer immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Colorado on
Q: see details

I'm a contractor in Colorado. I have a previous customer that contacted me about doing another building for them. I gave them a price. They proptley wrote out a deposit check. I met up with them to sign the contract and take the check. When I got to their residents they wanted to add more to the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 29, 2019

Unless you are able to PROVE you lost out on the second job the people who are going to sue you will probably win. So, unless their deposit was HUGE, you would be smarter to refund it than spend it on defense lawyers.

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