Residential rental property

On May 3, 2021, the Denver City Council passed a new ordinance requiring a residential rental property license for any person to offer, provide, or operate a residential rental property in the City and County of Denver.

 

License phasing

This new license will be rolled out in four phases: 
  • Phase 1: Starting Jan. 1, 2022, the owner or operator of the residential rental property will give a copy of Tenant Rights and Resources(PDF, 87KB) (Spanish version can be found here(PDF, 88KB)) to the tenant when the lease is signed and if rent demand is served. It summarizes some of the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in Denver.  

  • Phase 2: Starting in March 2022, all property owners/managers can get licensed and receive half off their application fee (from $50 to $25). A passing inspection from a certified, private home inspector is required as well as the license fee. The license is good for four years unless ownership changes.  

  • Phase 3: Starting Jan. 1, 2023, a license will be required for anyone to offer, provide, or operate a residential rental property consisting of two or more rental dwelling units on a single parcel. For example, this would require a license for a single apartment building, an apartment complex, or a duplex where both units are rented. Also, in this phase, single units can still opt into early licensing and receive half off their application fee.  

  • Phase 4: Starting Jan 1, 2024, a license will be required for anyone to offer, provide, or operate a residential rental property consisting of a single rental dwelling unit on a single parcel. For example, this would require a license for a single-family home for rent or a triplex where one unit is for rent.