Denver, CO asked in Landlord - Tenant for Colorado

Q: Can the landlord legally install video cameras inside my restaurant and monitor my activities?

Now lease agreement does not specifically addressed this issue.

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Michael Joseph Larranaga
Michael Joseph Larranaga pro label Lawyers, want to be a Justia Connect Pro too? Learn more ›
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Parker, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: That is rather odd. Some leases provide for the Landlord to handle security but video cameras interfering with the operation of the business may be an issue. You may want to contact an attorney.

This could be a breach of quiet enjoyment or the implied covenant of good faith. I have never seen a commercial lease stating the Landlord can monitor inside the business. It may make sense in a jewelry store but it seems odd in a restaurant.

I like to use a gut check when looking at commercial leases. If it seems crazy, then it most likely is. At that point, you need to dig into the lease to see if crazy is authorized or not. Unfortunately, Colorado is very liberal about what can be placed in a commercial lease. So video monitoring may be completely valid. But you need an attorney to look at the lease.

Please be aware that any answer is based on all the events occurring in Colorado. Further, please be aware that this is not legal advice. This is generic information intended to help the reader develop questions to ask an attorney when they are ready. Each case is different. Anyone reading this answer in need of legal advice should contact an attorney.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.