Evicting a tenant in Colorado takes, at a minimum, 2 weeks (or less) to complete. This time frame is subject, of course, to Court availability and whether you are evicting your tenant over any government holidays.
When your tenant breaks or violates a lease provision, you, as the landlord must send the tenant a “Demand for Compliance or Possession,” giving the tenant a choice to either rectify the problem (become current on owed rent or fees, remove prohibited items from porches or patios, remove unauthorized pets or guests, etc.) or surrender the premises. The Demand for Compliance of Possession gives the tenant 3 days in which to comply.
At the expiration of the 3 day compliance period, the landlord may file a Complaint of Unlawful Detainer in either Colorado District or County Court. Once the complaint is filed, the Court will issue a summons to appear to both the landlord and the tenant requiring appearance at a court date that is between 7 and 14 days from the filing date. The tenant may file an answer either before that date or on the date of the appearance.
If the tenant does NOT file an answer, or show up to the court date whatsoever, the Court will issue a “Writ” that the landlord may then give to a Sheriff in order to assist with a forcible eviction.
In short, an uncontested (where the tenant does not file an answer) eviction in Colorado can be fairly straightforward and a relatively simple process. However, there are dates, statutory requirements, and other details that should be carefully considered when dealing with the process.
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