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Eviction Q&A

Evictions: the annoying part of owning a rental, but they’re a part of the business that every landlord needs to know about. While trying to out a bad tenant is stressful, the best practice is to move forward with a positive and professional attitude. If it’s your first time evicting a tenant or if you’re unsure how to proceed with a certain situation, make sure to reach out to a real estate attorney for guidance. They can walk you through the process from start to finish. In the meantime, here are a few frequently asked questions regarding evictions.

How Long Does an Eviction Take?

The length of time that an eviction takes from start to finish depends on where you’re located. In Colorado, the process typically takes between 6-8 weeks if everything goes according to plan. In some cases, it can take longer. Just be prepared to spend time on getting everything done.

How Much Does an Eviction Cost?

In Colorado, the cost to file an eviction is around $750. The real cost comes with attorney fees and lost rent, which can quickly add up into the thousands depending on the total rent and fees. Not to mention the potential damage done to the property, too. This is where the importance of building up an emergency fund for your rental comes in handy.

What Steps Do I Have To Do Before Evicting A Tenant?

The steps necessary to begin the eviction process depend on state and local laws, as well as your lease agreement. It’s not as easy as just telling your tenant they need to leave and changing the locks.  Ultimately, there needs to be a reason for the eviction, the tenant needs to be notified with the appropriate demand notice, and then given the required time to either remedy the issue or surrender the property. Laws change and the steps required to begin the process depends on what those laws say. For example, Colorado recently changed their eviction notice laws to extend the length of time required to let the tenant remedy the issue, along with a few other updates that have significantly changed the process. This is where having a property management company handle your rental comes in handy, as well as why it’s important to seek appropriate legal advice.

Not all evictions are the same; some are easier than others. But regardless of the situation leading up to it or how it plays out after serving the demand, knowing the facts behind the eviction process is a critical part of being a landlord.

**Please note the information in this post is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of an attorney. Please seek appropriate legal counsel for any questions that may arise.

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