Two-Way Mirror Sparks Renter Concerns

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

The Montrose Police Department said on Wednesday they have a person of interest in the peeping tom involving a two-way mirror found in the bathroom of a rental property.

The issue has sparked concerns over what to look for when you're looking for a rental, and has many asking, what are your rights as a renter?

Local law and housing officials say it's certainly a topic that works on a case by case basis, as well as civil versus criminal law, but recommend everyone take a good hard look at a property before signing a lease.

Bray and Company property manager Michelle Bray says her company inspects homes before agreeing to represent and rent them, but there are still times when the close eye and gut feeling turns a potential renter away, "there was a neighbor that they didn't' feel comfortable with".

Bray says it's always a good idea to go through a reputable company or someone you trust; but renter beware - bray says when showing a property, it is against the law for her or any property representative to mention if they think a property is in an unsafe neighborhood.

Heather Benjamin with the Mesa County Sheriff's Department says read your lease carefully beforehand, but if you move in and feel like a home is criminally unsafe, you are encouraged to call the non-emergency dispatch line to have law enforcement take a look.

That number is (970) 242-6707.

Benjamin says if you're in a home with a major problem that makes it impossible to live in, like no electricity or problems with running water, that's a civil issue and you should contact an attorney.

Legally, the place you rent has to meet certain basic standards.

But if you believe you may be the victim of a crime, like harassment or privacy violations, it’s best to contact law enforcement immediately.

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