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Housing Tip: Lease Breaks for Survivors

Colorado law enables a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other unlawful sexual behavior to break their lease without incurring early termination penalties. The survivor needs to provide written notice that they intend to break their lease because of this abuse, and provide certain corroborating evidence to the landlord in order to break a lease under this law. This evidence could be a police report from the last sixty days, a valid protection order, or a letter from a service provider attesting to the abuse. Different protections, like the Violence Against Women Act, might apply for voucher-holders.

CPLP and our Young Adult Tenant Advocates are hosting a virtual know-your-rights session for tenants on Wednesday, October 25 from 6-7 pm focusing on the housing rights of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other unlawful sexual behavior. RSVP at

Do you need assistance? Reach out to CPLP for support breaking your lease!


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