Defining how many people can live in a rental unit is one of the biggest problems that some landlords have to face. The legally defined specifics vary per state. This causes problems that will essentially bite the landlord in the back as it can result to fines and criminal prosecution.

Restrictions are made because of the following concerns:

  • Limited parking space
  • Loud noises
  • Safety
  • Exploitation of illegal immigrants

In the State of Colorado, landlords who found to have violated the restrictions set by Federal and State laws may have to pay approx. $1,000 fine per day and/or a 90 days imprisonment.  As a landlord, If you don’t want to face serious repercussions, you will have to do the following steps:

  1. You have to be firm with your policy. If it really bothers you that a lot of people are occupying your property and that this has finally disturbed the peace and well being of you and the neighbors, it would be right to go talk to them.
  2. Make sure you have clearly included occupancy limit in the contract.
  3. Always follow the rules set out by the Housing and Urban Development. A two-bedroom house or apartment will make room for six people according to the “two plus one person per bedroom” policy.
  4. If your tenants have violated the occupancy limit, issue a “three-day cure or quit” notice right away.
  5. Do not wait for the neighbors to report complaints against your tenants because this will immediately warrant an unwanted visit from the inspector.
  6. If your tenants have not complied with your request to heed the occupancy limit, immediately file a complaint to the Landlord and Tenant Board.
  7. Notify the tenant that the Board has issued a Notice of Hearing if ever the Board does not immediately agree with your request for eviction. If you have presented a weak case to the Board, they will be conducting their own investigation, which will immediately lead to a hearing, where your presence and the presence of your tenant is called.
Related Posts
What is involved in filing for bankruptcy
People who are having problems paying their financial obligations sometimes consider bankruptcy to acquire comfort from selection initiatives, remove some or all of their financial obligations or rebuild their debt ...
READ MORE
What if your tenant and/or his guests have committed some illegal act/crime
Tenant illegal act or crime conducted on your rented property is a good ground for eviction. It's also a good ground for you to be criminally prosecuted if proven that ...
READ MORE
Basics for Sole Proprietorship
Are you a writer or a photographer? Are you an individual who takes on jobs on a contract basis? Are you a freelance caterer who gets paid per booking? Or ...
READ MORE
How a real estate attorney can help you during your home purchase
There are different kinds of real estate transactions such as commercial leases, residential rentals, single-family home, and investment property transactions. To make sure that your real estate transactions run smoothly, ...
READ MORE
How to fight traffic tickets (Top Strategies)
If you think you don’t deserve the traffic ticket you got, you can exert effort to fight it off. There are certain strategies you can do to successfully fight traffic ...
READ MORE
Risks and Benefits of buying a foreclosed property
Buying foreclosure property may give you great discounts; however, there are various underlying risks to it too. Benefits Pre-foreclosure home owners want to sell their houses in a hurry to avoid foreclosure, ...
READ MORE
Tenant Rights and responsibilities
Have you recently moved out and you’ve decided to move again into a rented residential unit? Did you know that the tenant rights made by the Federal and State bodies ...
READ MORE
Can legal drugs cause DUI DWI arrest?
DUI DWI arrests are usually due to the use of alcohol as well as illegal drugs. Not everybody knows that legal drugs, prescription medicines and other over the counter drugs can ...
READ MORE
Criminal Charges
Criminal law covers crimes, prosecution and defense. According to the rules and statutes written by Congress and state legislators, dealing with any criminal activity that causes harm to the general ...
READ MORE
What is involved in filing for bankruptcy
Tenant illegal act
Basics for Sole Proprietorship
How a real estate attorney can help you
How to fight traffic tickets (Top Strategies)
Risks and Benefits of buying a foreclosed property
Tenant Rights and responsibilities
Contact Affordable Lawyer
Can legal drugs cause DUI DWI arrest?
Criminal Charges