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Colorado Real Estate Journal – A Guide to Colorado-specific Laws in Retail Leases

Behind every successful retail relationship is a carefully negotiated lease. I am not saying this just because I’m a leasing attorney (OK, maybe partly). A lease agreement inherently guides the operation of a retail space. When negotiating leases, retail landlords and tenants will need to consider various local, state and federal laws, along with applicable market considerations and deal-specific terms. In Colorado, there is not a single set of state laws or regulations that govern commercial leases; a majority of the landlord-tenant statutes apply only to residential leases. For the most part, the lease terms will govern the rights and obligations of the parties, and Colorado courts will enforce them accordingly. However, out-ofstate landlords and tenants should be familiar with the following Colorado-specific laws that may affect their retail leases.

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