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Lease Preparation

Our attorneys are ready to help you negotiate terms and prepare a lease that can save you thousands in the long run

Lease agreements are an essential element of the landlord-tenant relationship. They dictate the terms
of possession, rent amounts and due dates, and importantly, both parties’ rights and obligations, when
disputes arise. Many landlords and tenants in Colorado, particularly in our mountain communities, do
not have written lease agreements, or alternatively, utilize written lease agreements found online which
can be printed for free.


At Carlson, Edwards, and O’Connor, our real estate attorneys maintain an active landlord/tenant practice, and have seen the
many ways these agreements (or lack of agreements) can cause problems for both landlords and
tenants. While it is possible to have what is known as an “implied” lease (i.e. a lease which is not
formally written down, but can be understood to exist because one party pays the other for the use of
their home or residence), we do not recommend engaging in a landlord/tenant relationship without a
formal lease agreement. Without a lease agreement, you may not fully understand your landlords’
expectations, or what penalties they may assess you for late payments. For landlords, without a lease
agreement, your renter may not secure renters’ insurance, and leave you on the hook for substantial
damages caused by their behavior.


Likewise, we do not advise that you obtain a lease without the assistance of a qualified legal
professional. In our over twenty five years of business, we have seen many clients fall prey to lease
terms which are illegal in Colorado, are extremely confusing, or do not make sense in the context of
your arrangement with your tenant or landlord. We litigate cases over lease agreements on a regular
basis, so we know and understand how our local judges interpret them. This means that we create lease
agreements tailor-made to our local communities, which are upheld in Court, because that is in large
part where they have been crafted.

Contact Us Today

If you are renting a property for the first time, or are a long term renter or landlord who has never used
a lease before, call our office today, to schedule a consultation to discuss your rights and obligations.
Lease preparation through a licensed attorneys’ office is often less costly than you may imagine, and will
return your investment handsomely, in the event your relationship with your tenant or landlord
deteriorates. We can help to protect your rights and your interests by crafting an agreement or
reviewing an agreement to be sure it fits your needs, and that you know what is expected of you.

What Our Clients Say

  • Glenn
    100% satisfied! Steven represented me for a child custody case and he was very professional and very educated! Not only did he do his job, but it was also obvious that he truly cares about the law and your rights as a parent. Child custody cases are very...
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  • Brian
    Mr. O’Connor was very knowledgeable and professional in handling my case, and I would recommend him to anyone needing legal advice in the future.
  • Lauren Butler
    I have known and worked with Courtney for years. In all my experiences with her, she has never been anything but professional, kind, and intelligent. She's always the most prepared and well-researched person in the room and is therefore generally one...
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  • Yana Welton
    It was a pleasure to work with Steven and Courtney! They are an excellent example of a group of qualified professionals!
  • Julie
    Courtney helped me out immensely. I hired her to write a lease, and I got so much more. She advised me in areas that I didn't understand, was extremely thorough and patient. She went above and beyond what was asked of her. I trust her and am extremely...
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  • Bridget Bose
    Courtney Edwards was a pleasure to work with. In fact, everyone in the company was so helpful in helping my parents prepare their wills. It can be a dark topic but they were professional and kind.
  • Melody
    Steven handled a Guardianship case for me, I needed to get custody of my grandsons due to an issue with their parents. He was professional, determined and knew what was needed to win this case. I can't thank him enough for what he did, my grandsons are...
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  • Kyle
    Steven was very thorough, made important suggestions and promptly answered any questions I had while preparing my will. Highly recommend.

Get in Touch with Our High Country Law Firm Today!

If you have legal issues or questions, call us today. Our attorneys provide consultations to inform you about the law and will explain what we can do for you, if you decide you need an attorney to assist with your case.
970-668-1678

Summit County Office

975 North Ten Mile Drive
Frisco, CO 80443

Eagle County Office

56 Edwards Village Blvd. Unit 121, Suite 1
Edwards, CO 81632