The police can search anywhere they have reason to believe the parolee has access to. Case law is clear that people who live with parolees cannot "reasonably expect privacy" in shared areas of the residence. That being said, the police cannot search areas that are occupied or controlled exclusively by the cotenant. The officers cannot search locked rooms that you don't have access to. If your roommates are home, they can refuse entry into their private locked rooms.
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U.S. v. Bolivar - Primer on Parolee Search. Suspect caught with combination to safe contained in parolee's closet. Probable cause location of address only. Re-recites United States v.
Davis, 932 F.2d 752, 758 (9th Cir. 1991), “reasonable suspicion” that the probationer
owned, controlled, or possessed an item (here where probationer also probably had the safe combination.
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