There is no such thing as a “standard lease”. Never sign a lease if you don’t understand a clause or have questions about your responsibilities. REMEMBER – Once you sign, it’s almost always too late to ask questions and change any of the provisions.
Attorney Bruce Sarbaugh will tell you the good and the bad. Want to know if your landlord can actually require you do that? Think the late fees are unreasonable? Find out from a lawyer.
Roommate isn't paying their share of the rent? Landlord hasn't come in to repair your stove? Don't worry, you have rights and Bruce will tell you your legal options.
*Attorney Bruce Sarbaugh provides free legal advice through Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations. Free legal advice is ONLY available for currently enrolled fee-paying CU students (CU Faculty & Staff are unable to utilize this service as it is funded directly through student fees). Parents of currently enrolled students who wish to be part of the conversation must be accompanied by their student, as this is a learning process supported by student fees.
If you disagree with the amount returned on your security deposit, you can seek the assistance of the Landlord Tenant Advisory Board (LTAB). LTAB will review your case and issue a formal opinion letter to you and your landlord. LTAB is a bi-partisan group and welcomes both the landlord and the tenant to submit their side of the case. Read more about these services by visiting the LTAB page.
*Note: Payment of interest on security deposits is a legal requirement for all properties in the City of Boulder. The interest rate is determined by the rate in effect at the time the security deposit money is received. The interest rate for 2015 is .16%.
If you are a CU student and need legal consultation or advice on other legal concerns such as criminal matters, traffic violations including DUIs, or consumer rights concerns, contact Student Legal Services at 303-492-6813, or visit their website for additional information.