Colorado Eviction Timeline

** Please note that this timeline is simply meant to be a helpful resource, and certain time frames may vary depending on each person's circumstances. This is not an official document of the Colorado Legal System. **


The Three-day Notice informs the tenant that they are being asked to leave the property and why. This notice can be given in person or posted on the door of the property, and also may be called a Notice to Quit, Notice to Vacate, or Demand for Compliance.


The Summons, Complaint and Answer is found in the F.E.D. This document informs the tenant that there is a court hearing regarding the eviction. The F.E.D. must be personally served or posted by an uninterested third party (e.g. NOT the landlord or property manager).


You should always make an effort to attend the court hearing regarding your eviction. If there is a chance to negotiate with your landlord/property manager about time frames for leaving the property and money owed, this is it! At the time of the court date, the Writ of Restitution is issued. This is what allows the Sheriff’s deputy or police officer to evict the tenant of a property. This document MUST be posted on the property by an uninterested third party before an eviction can take place.


A minimum of 48 hours must pass after the Writ of Restitution is issued before the tenant can be evicted. At the time of the eviction, the tenant will have 1.5 hours to remove their belongings from the property. If there are no delays in the eviction process, a tenant could be evicted in as few as 10 days from the time the Three-day Notice is posted.