Throughout the time we have lived in this rental house, the landlord has come over out of the blue, three times asking to do a walk through, for no reason. My wife told him each time that now is not a good time. One time it was dinner time and other times we were just busy.
When my wife told him now is not a good time, the landlord would always respond with, "Should I call the cops or do you let me in". Instead of a hassle she let him in.
I cannot find any statute in Colorado that forbids a landlord from constantly coming over without any notice just to do a walk through or the statute for illegal threats. I do realize a landlord can come over and in for an emergency without notice, a walkthrough is not an emergency. What is the CO statute for this?
As landlords are the ones who draft up the leases, they normally provide a provision in the lease agreement which allows for them to "walk through", "inspect", or enter the premises with advance notice. I would accentuate the provision "with advance notice." Unless the lease provides for these unexpected walk-throughs with no advance notice, it is not really proper for him to be doing this. It could be argued by you that he is infringing on your quiet enjoyment of your leased premises and may be violating the terms of the lease.
The landlord has no basis to threaten to call the cops if you refuse to let him in to the residence on one of his impromptu visits, unless there is a provision in the lease that allows for these impromptu visits. The cops simply are NOT going to want to get involved in something so petty and stupid unless he can show that you are committing some types of crimes in the residence. So, it seems like a pretty idle threat.
There really is not a statute for the protections that you are looking for. The issues that you address have been answered in Colorado case law over the past few decades and so the answers will come in case law and common law arguments, instead of statutory prohibitions. The terms and conditions of your specific lease are what ultimate governs what he can and can not do. Arrange a free consult with an attorney to see where to go from here. Good luck.
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