In Colorado, landlords of apartments, rooms and trailer space automatically have a lien against some of the personal property of a tenant for the amount of any unpaid rent. Unfortunately, the statute creating this lien is vague and somewhat ambiguous. A landlord should cautiously exercise these lien rights to avoid exposure to damage claims or loss of the lien altogether.
A landlord wanting to enforce a landlord's lien by seizure, foreclosure, and/or proceedings against abandoned property should not rely solely on the information provided in this guide. The legal procedures must be followed carefully. Assistance from an attorney is advised.