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squatter won't leave or pay rent

Discussion in 'Other Residential Landlord & Tenant Issues' started by humanciv, May 13, 2010.

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  1. humanciv

    humanciv Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I am the lease holder for an apartment.

    I have had a roommate who is not on the lease and signed no sublease agreement.

    He is 15 days late on rent and utilities and I am accruing numerous fines and black marks on my renting record.

    This situation is clearly my fault; however I must do something.

    Can I remove his belongings from the apt. ? I have warned him many times that I will do so.

    What rights do I have in this situation? There is no signed agreement.
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Signed lease or not, he is now what the law calls a tenant.

    There is a long legal explanation as why this is so, but I won't bore you with that.

    Take my word for it, I'm a lawyer! :)

    He is an at will tenant, with a month to month tenancy.

    No, you can't just remove his crap!

    You have to pay him to leave, ask him to leave, beg him to leave, or evict him!

    I'll move the last one, because this deadbeat isn't going to leave unless you evict him.

    Here is how you evict someone in Colorado.

    This has to be done by the numbers.

    There are NO short cuts allowed.

    If you short circuit the process, you'll lose and have to start all over again!

    This website offers self-help forms to assist with evicting deadbeats.


    The Colorado Bar Association has some helpful tips to evict deadbeats, too.


    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  3. jharris352

    jharris352 New Member

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    Yea, what He said. He's right.

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