Can I legally enter my roommate’s room?

My roommate has been out of town for a couple of weeks. I’ve been trying to find my phone charger, and I’ve looked literally everywhere else. Is it alright for me to go into my roommate's room to look for my charger? His door is locked, but all the locks in our house are really weak and come open if you jiggle the handle. Can I legally enter my roommate’s room?

Patrick Price · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
You absolutely may not enter your roommate’s room without their permission. Doing so would be a crime. You would be guilty of entering without permission. Since you would have tricked the lock, it would be considered breaking and entering—no less illegal or severe than if your broke into a stranger’s house. The only way that you can legally enter your roommate’s room is if you have their permission.
If you did go in without permission and your roommate found out, they could press chargers. In almost all cases, breaking and entering is considered a felony.
If you desperately need your charger, just call your roommate and ask them if the charger is in their room. If it is, ask their permission to go in and get it—-if they permit you, then you can enter without it being a problem. If they say no, just buy another charger.
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