Are all clauses in a lease legal?

Tenants have challenged some clauses in leases which courts have judged to be unenforceable. Some of these clauses can be found in leases which are commonly used in Colorado and are available from stationery stores. Here are a few examples:

  • A requirement that the tenant give up the security deposit automatically
  • A statement that the tenant will not hold the landlord responsible for anything, including the landlord's acts of gross negligence
  • A provision allowing the landlord to evict the tenant and sell the tenant's property without going through the court process
  • A waiver of the right to appeal a trial court's decision

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1. What is a lease?
2. Does the lease have to be in writing?
3. What should the lease cover?
4. What can be done about violence or drugs on the premises?
5. How should the lease be signed?
6. What happens to the lease if the apartment building or house is sold to a new owner?
7. Do roommates have obligations under the lease?
8. What happens to the lease if the tenant remains after the lease term ends - holdover tenant?
9. Are all clauses in a lease legal?
10. Can a landlord refuse to rent to a prospective tenant?