Canmy landlord video tape inside my apartment without consent?

The landlord did not give reasonable notice before entering apartment. She came to my door at 9 am to inform me an inspector was coming into my unit between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm. The inspector did not show up in this time. I refused to give her consent to enter later because I was not home at 2 pm and she went in and videotaped while she was there.

Asked on July 31, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Colorado


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, a landlord can enter a tenant's unit upon reasonable notice which typically is 24 hours for repairs, inspections and the like. During such entry, the unit can be photographed and videotaped with or without the tenant's consent.

From what you have written, what was done was allowable under the law albeit not a good judgment call by the landlord since you were not at home and you did not give consent for the later entry.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.