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Landlord-tenant issue. Tenant refuses to allow me to enter

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Landlord-tenant issue. Tenant refuses to allow me to enter property unless she is there. She has a teenage daughter in residence. Tenants are vacating at the end of the month. I am trying to schedule repairs and maintenance contractors for estimates. I have assured her I would be there at all times when these people are in the property. I have given her roommate 24 hours advance notice of my intent to enter. I did not specifically speak to the tenant who is refusing to allow me to enter. Lease agreement provides for me to enter to inspect property and or schedule repairs or maintenance with 24 hours notice. Where do I stand?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Can you tell me first whether the LEASE CONTRACT states anything about landlord entry, or, it is silent in regards ***** ***** issue?
This is not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
You have not responded to my information request and I may have to log off soon, so I will provide an answer based on the information I do have.
Unless the contract specifies otherwise, there is no statutory law for landlord entry in CO. This may however be in municipal or county ordinances - if you reply and tell me WHERE this is specifically, I can comment on this.
Since there is no statutory law, this is handled based on basis of common sense and good manners and general principles as developed in common law. That is:
-landlord may enter with reasonable notice (24 hours),
-during normal business hours (8 am to 6 pm).
-the reasons can include necessary or agreed repairs, exhibition property to potential buyers or tenants, etc.
-emergencies suspend this rule
So someone in your situation may still technically enter provided one gave 24 hour notice, regardless of who gave permission or did not, as long as it is for a reasonable need.
Again, if you tell me what municipality/county you are in, I can tell you how those local ordinance may augment the answer.
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